Relativity Space
We are building the future of aerospace.
Long Beach, CA, USA

Staff Robotics Software Engineer

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Employer Provided Salary: 183,000-237,000 Annually
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Company Overview:  

At Relativity Space, we have two audacious goals: to build the next great commercial launch company with Terran R and to become America's leading force in additive manufacturing innovation. Both contribute to our long-term vision of creating humanity’s industrial base on Mars, paving the way for interplanetary life to expand the possibilities of the human experience. This journey begins right here on Earth – where we design, build, and fly rockets to deliver customer payloads to orbit. Terran R, our medium-to-heavy lift reusable rocket, fulfills the growing demand for launch capacity, thanks to our iterative approach that accelerates design, testing, and development while minimizing costs. While our groundbreaking research and development in 3D printing pushes the boundaries of large-scale additive manufacturing.

Your journey with us is more than just a job – it’s an opportunity to shape the future of aerospace technology, additive manufacturing, and the human experience alongside a community of passionate, creative individuals. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.

About the Team:  

The Robotics Software Engineering Team is building out a novel type of cooperative robotic platform that utilizes our large-scale additive manufacturing systems. This platform will pave the way for the continuous invention of new capabilities. We prioritize performance, simplicity, simulation/testing, and reusability, building cohesive interfaces with every piece of equipment we use. Our team provides a system with which custom robots and additive systems can be built and integrated seamlessly. 

About the Role: 

As a Staff Robotics Software Engineer you will be responsible for the development of a flexible and safe robotics operating platform, focusing on the low-level execution environment, messaging and communications, integration with robots and equipment, and providing interfaces to further develop applications and integrations that leverage the core platform. 

About You:  

You have experience in writing Linux software at all levels, real-time operating systems, industrial robotics, planning and decision making for autonomous systems, simulation and visualizations, and are comfortable creating tools and algorithms to process positional, sensor and motion data to ensure the robotic print cell is able to achieve highly repeatable and accurate motion throughout a print profile while responding to dynamic input. 

  • Education: BS or MS in Computer Science, Robotics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field.
  • Expertise in systems engineering of complex systems that integrate distributed hardware and software components. 
  • Proficiency in embedded systems and RTOS environments 
  • Proven ability to incorporate various sensors (e.g., lidar, cameras, IMUs) into systems, optimizing for accuracy and reliability. 
  • 5+ years of experience developing large-scale projects in C/C++ and/or Rust for long lifecycle products 
  • Ability to configure build system to generate builds for multiple target hardware platforms and testing harnesses 
  • Understanding of kinematics, dynamics, and control algorithms for precise robot motion planning and execution. 
  • Experience with EtherCAT and other industrial protocols: Familiarity with industrial communication standards and their application in high-performance robotic systems. 
  • Excellent computer science fundamentals, data structures and algorithms, distributed systems, concurrent programming, performance profiling 

Nice to haves but not required:  

  • Demonstrated ability in data visualization and GUI development for complex robotic systems 
  • Experience working with ROS 
  • Experience with TwinSAFE in non-TwinCAT environments 
  • Knowledge of network administration 

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more! 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role.  Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.
Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here:

Hiring Range:

$183,000$237,000 USD

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What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Relativity Space Benefits Overview

We are committed to our team member's health, well-being, and growth!

Volunteer in local community
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Quarterly engagement surveys
Flexible work schedule
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Diversity recruitment program
Health Insurance + Wellness
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
Company equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Fertility benefits
We partner with Carrot Fertility
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Free snacks and drinks
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some meals provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Mother's room
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Promote from within
Continuing education stipend
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Employees receive a $500 learning stipend per calendar year. This stipend provides our employees with the opportunity to develop their professional skills. They may use this stipend to attend seminars, conferences, educational courses, webinars, or receive coaching.

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