Avionics Engineer II – Neutron Avionics Systems

Avionics Engineer II – Neutron Avionics Systems

companyRocket Lab
locationAuckland, New Zealand
PublishedPublished: 6/20/2024
Full Time


Rocket Lab is a global leader in launch and space systems. The rockets and satellites we build and launch enable some of the most ambitious and vital space missions globally, supporting scientific exploration, Earth observation and missions to combat climate change, national security, and exciting new technology demonstrations. Our Electron rocket has provided reliable access to orbit since 2018, becoming one of the most frequently launched rockets in the world. Neutron will be our next rocket on the launch pad, an advanced 13-tonne payload class, reusable rocket to launch the mega constellations of the future. Our space systems business includes our extensive line of satellites and components that have enabled more than 1,700 missions including the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Psyche Mission, Artemis I, Mars Ingenuity helicopter, and more.  

Join our pioneering team and launch your career to new heights!


Neutron is Rocket Lab’s new, medium-lift, reusable launch vehicle currently under development. The Neutron Avionics department is responsible for the delivery of all avionics systems across the vehicle, including integrated Avionics Hardware, Flight Software and Flight Safety Systems.

The Neutron Avionics Systems team is a hands-on engineering group spanning multiple domains including Electrical Power Systems, Flight Computers, Networking, Harnessing, Remote I/O Interfaces, Data Acquisition, Sensing, Actuation and Control. The team is responsible for the high-level design and architecture of these subsystems, defining their functional and performance requirements, carrying out proof of concept testing, prototyping, system integration, and Integrated Systems Testing (IST).

The Avionics Engineer II – Neutron Avionics Systems is responsible for the end-to-end development of major launch vehicle subsystems and functions, including requirements definition, architecture design, proof of concept testing, system modelling, automation, deployment, integrated test, and launch operations support.


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or related discipline.
  • 3+ years of relevant industry experience in electrical system design, hardware development, or electronics test engineering.
  • Excellent communication both written and verbal.


  • Proficient in electronics principles and electrical systems, such as power electronics, communication protocols (e.g RS-422, SPI, Ethernet, CAN bus), signal integrity and grounding.
  • Understanding of instrumentation, interfaces and sensors including power supplies, oscilloscopes, serial devices, switch topologies, accelerometers, thermocouples, RTDs, and 4-20mA sensors.
  • Demonstrated good engineering judgement, looking at all available options to solve a problem.
  • Proficiency with programming languages, scripting tools, and automation (C/C++ or Python preferred).
  • Experience with CAD software packages such as Altium, SolidWorks Electrical, Rapid Harness, VeSys, Capital, ePLAN, or Siemens NX.
  • Understanding in analysing circuits or systems and developing test plans based on requirements and test specifications.
  • Understanding of designing hardware from concept through production.
  • Ability to work independently in an autonomously driven, fast-paced environment.


  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground-breaking technology
  • Relocation support and visa sponsorship  
  • An employee stock purchase program 
  • Access to world leading experts to develop your career 
  • Unlimited barista coffee, fruit, and snacks 
  • Rocket Lab merchandise - T-shirts, mission patches etc. 
  • Discounted health insurance with Southern Cross 
  • Additional parental leave entitlements 
  • A vibrant team culture with social activities throughout the year 

If the above sounds like you, apply now!


We’re on a mission to unlock the potential of space to improve life on Earth, but that’s not an easy task. It takes hard work, determination, relentless innovation, teamwork, grit, and an unwavering commitment to achieving what others often deem impossible. Our people out-think, out-work and out-pace. We pride ourselves on having each other’s backs, checking our egos at the door, and rolling up our sleeves on all tasks big and small. We thrive under pressure, work to tight deadlines, and our focus is always on how we can deliver, rather than dwelling on the challenges that stand in the way.   

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at g.biow@rocketlabusa.com.This dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.


For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations. 

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality.  For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.