Senior Electrical Engineer



Other Engineering
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2024

Umbra builds next-generation space systems that observe the Earth in unprecedented fidelity.

Our mission: Deliver global omniscience.

To stay ahead of climate change, geopolitical risk, and other major crises and issues, we need a global understanding of what is changing, where, and how fast. Umbra provides easy access to the highest quality commercial satellite data available, which is an indispensable tool for the growing number of organizations monitoring the Earth. We empower our customers to create the solutions that inform, inspire, and address our planet’s most pressing needs. We’re helping to create a brand new industry that has never meaningfully existed before.

We are looking for an experienced and driven professional to work closely with a multidisciplinary engineering team developing flight electronics for next-generation space systems. The individual filling this position will collaborate with the electrical engineering team as a senior engineer to design, analyze, manufacture, and test electrical subsystems.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the full life cycle of flight electronics design, analysis, manufacture, and test, as a senior member of the Electrical Engineering team
  • Lead individual subsystem design and project efforts while coordinating with relevant cross-functional stakeholders
  • Perform electrical design, including schematic, parts selection and layout, for spacecraft electronics subsystems (e.g. avionics, solar arrays, batteries, payloads, subsystems and harnessing)
  • Perform analysis to demonstrate performance, survivability and optimization of electrical designs
  • Provide guidance to junior level engineers as required
  • Other professional duties as assigned


  • Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering
  • 7 year of relevant experience developing high reliability electronics hardware
  • Experience in architecture, design and test of both analog and digital electronics
  • Altium schematic capture and Layout experience
  • Experience developing in C / C++ and Python
  • Experience developing firmware for embedded systems (e.g. microcontrollers, FPGAs)
  • Practical experience with PCB assembly (i.e. subcontracted pick-and-place)
  • Familiarity with test equipment such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, thermal chambers, and current probes
  • Familiarity with firmware relating to electronics subsystems and serial interfaces such as SPI, RS-422 and RS-485
  • Excellent communications skills, ability and desire to work collaboratively in a team environment, and willingness to guide more junior engineers as required
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic and fast-paced development environment


    • Flexible Time Off, Sick, Family & Medical Leave
    • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD, STD (employer funded)
    • Vol Life, Critical Illness, Accidental, Hospital Indemnity, Pet Insurance (employee funded)
    • 401k with 3% non-elective company contribution
    • Stock Options

    Umbra is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics.

    Employment Eligibility Verification

    In compliance with federal laws, all hired persons will be required to verify their identity and eligibility to work in the United States by completing the required Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) upon hire.

    ITAR/EAR Requirements

    This position may include access to technology and/or data that is subject to U.S. export controls pursuant to ITAR and EAR. To comply with federal export controls, all persons hired must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, U.S. lawful permanent resident, refugee or asylee as defined by 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), or must otherwise be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or U.S.Department of Commerce as applicable.

    Pay Transparency
    This job posting may span more than one career level. To provide greater transparency to candidates, we share base ranges for all job postings regardless of state. We set standard base pay ranges for all roles based on function and level benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. Final offer amounts are determined by skills, responsibilities and relevant work experience.