SpaceX is hiring a

Technical Writer - Avionics Radiation Effects

Hawthorne, United States

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

Technical Writer - Avionics, Radiation Effects


  • Compose reports from Radiation test results for both already-completed testing and for ongoing new testing
  • Overhaul and restructure both the formatting and the content flow of a large body of Radiation Test Reports, including using the procedure release process and structure in place
  • Vastly improve the current test report templates and other Radiation templates, including by creating macros to automate tasks
  • Overhaul and restructure formal post-flight reports as needed
  • Assemble existing data into new post-flight reports as needed
  • Collaboratively develop and negotiate the release of Control Plans that set company-wide radiation design guidelines and handling standards
  • Bring multiple talents to bear on innovating solutions for special projects and on improving processes and workflows.
  • Ensure the architecture between the database and technical workflow are well established.
  • Create end-user documentation, including how-to guides and instructional manuals, that meets applicable standards and is appropriate for its intended audience
  • Maintain record of documents and revise as new issues/developments arise.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Worked as a Technical Writer at SpaceX for at least 90 days.
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience is acceptable

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Expert-level skills with Microsoft Word and Excel, proficiency with PowerPoint, Publisher, Visio
  • Proficiency with the Python Programming Language.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • Capacity to read and understand technical drawings and schematics
  • Strong analytical, computer, communication, and writing skills (typing, spelling, grammar)
  • Meticulous attention to detail: both detailed content and detailed following of procedures
  • Ability to distinguish between higher-priority and lower-priority projects
  • Ability to quickly adapt or re-design any project or workflow to meet changing requirements
  • Self-driven, innovative approach; willingness to seek answers on your own, to pursue learning from others, and to contribute to the development of your team
  • Innovative talent and a motivation to suggest automation and restructuring of tasks; perhaps they don’t need to be done that way at all
  • Constant insane curiosity about how to improve things

Additional Requirements:

  • Working extended hours and weekends as needed.

ITAR Requirements:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.