Principal Technologist - Avionics

Job Locations US-WA-Kent
Advanced Development Programs


As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will lead efforts to identify, capture, develop, and demonstrate technologies in the area of avionics to support Blue Origin’s vision of enabling a future where millions of people are living and working in space. You will lead small and multi-disciplinary teams to identify, prioritize, and execute industry-shaping technology projects across the product lifecycle while working with internal and external customers and partners.


You are adept at managing to a plan and a budget in a small team, comfortable adjusting it in response to evolving requirements or external constraints, and prioritizing technology investment all the while infusing and facilitating creativity and innovation. You will help develop a long range technology and innovation roadmap, ensure your efforts support the company vision, and incorporate or evolve projects into major development programs as needed. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable human spaceflight.


While in this role, you will leverage your extensive experience leading the development of future space and launch vehicle avionics architecture. This includes the systems engineering, simulation, hardware & software technology development, integration and testing of advanced processing, communications, power, networking, command and telemetry systems. The ideal candidate will have direct experience in the development, integration, and demonstration of advanced space-flight avionics systems.


  • Define and manage a portfolio of technologies including capture, execution and infusion into major development programs
  • Technical oversight and authority of a range of hardware and software solutions
  • Prepare and manage design/technology reviews
  • Develop strategic plans and technology roadmaps to meet internal and external customer needs in the area of avionics
  • Project engineering, including tracking, reporting, and communicating status as well as definition and management of technical tasks, critical path items, and risks/opportunities
  • Develop program plans, budgets, and schedules, both from internally derived goals and constraints and from customer contracts and statements-of-work
  • Identify staffing needs and resources priorities
  • Budget management and tracking
  • Define and capture new Research & Development (R&D) business, including supporting proposals to the U.S. Government 
  • Support the business development activities to tailor capabilities to meet emerging needs
  • Participate in conferences and customer meetings as a representative of Blue Origin
  • Establish and foster academic and research partnerships


  • Minimum of a M.S. degree in engineering or related technical field
  • At least 15 years industry experience, 5 or more in progressive project management roles
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in spacecraft, launch vehicle, or high-performance aircraft development, including depth of experience in to avionics hardware & software technology development
  • Extensive experience in avionics hardware and software product development
  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing small teams on fast-paced projects
  • Leadership and management experience as well as a history of mentoring
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien (current Green Card holder)


  • Ph.D. in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline
  • Experience across multiple portions of the product life cycle (concept definition through operations and use)
  • Extensive experience in avionics hardware and software modeling, simulation and analysis
  • Specific experience leading Research & Development (R&D) projects
  • Experience with human spaceflight
  • Experience with proposal support and leadership (technical/management volumes, Task Description/Basis–of–Estimate development, etc.)
  • Experience working with and proposing to U.S. Government research agencies (e.g. NASA, AFRL, DARPA)
  • Experience with fault-tolerance strategies and architectures for safety and mission critical systems
  • Experience with development for space-flight environments
  • Experience developing requirements, defining subsystem interfaces (both in-house and between external partners/suppliers), and other systems engineering products and practices
  • Ability to obtain and retain a security clearance



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