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Cantos Ventures
Cantos Ventures

Radio Hardware Engineer — Associate Program (Fall 2024)



Other Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, February 2, 2024

Astranis is on a mission to bridge the digital divide by connecting the four billion people worldwide who currently lack internet access. We're doing this by building the next generation of smaller, more cost-effective spacecraft to bring the world online.

As a team, we’ve launched two satellites into orbit, signed ten commercial deals worth over $1 billion in revenue, raised over $500 million from top global investors, and recruited a team of over 300 world-class engineers. We all work out of our (legendary) San Francisco office, which was once used to build ships during the World Wars.

Our satellites, which operate from geostationary orbit (GEO), weigh only 400 kg and utilize a proprietary software-defined radio payload. Each satellite can connect over two million people, and we’re very excited for the impact we’ll soon have in the Philippines, Peru, Mexico, and more!

Backed by substantial funding and a passionate, collaborative team, we offer a rewarding work environment where you'll learn and make a significant impact, no matter where you are in your career.

Apply and join us on our journey towards global connectivity!

Associate Engineer positions typically last for twelve weeks, and are salaried roles designed for students who have already received a bachelor's degree (or who will have done so before working at Astranis).
As an Associate Engineer, you will have an amazing opportunity to work on hard problems — we pride ourselves on giving everyone at Astranis a chance to do meaningful work on challenging projects, and our Associate Engineers work on projects that are of equal importance and difficulty to the projects we give our full-time employees. Many past Associate Engineers have designed and tested hardware/software that is now flying on our first satellite, and many now work at Astranis full-time.
If you are still a college student, please apply to join us as an Intern.


  • Design, simulate, implement, and test our internally developed software defined radio hardware
  • Bringup and debug hardware in the lab with top of the line instruments and equipment
  • Design test equipment to validate designs across a wide range of stressed conditions
  • Write code to help evaluate performance and automate testing of flight hardware
  • Integrate these systems into the spacecraft by working closely with the rest of the team


  • A passion for hardware development, including working in a fast-paced environment and hands-on design and development
  • Demonstrated ability to personally design, build, and test PCBA hardware from scratch (student design team projects, design competitions, personal projects)
  • Solid EE foundation in one or more of the following areas:
    • analog design (op amps, transistors, RLC filters)
    • digital design (FPGAs, SOCs, SERDES, DDR, LVDS)
    • mixed signal design (ADCs, DACs, power integrity)
    • RF design (s-parameters, transmission lines, impedance matching)
  • US Citizenship or Green Card
  • Must be onsite in San Francisco 3 days a week minimum


  • Experience building or using software defined radios
  • Experience with Altium Designer (or other PCB design software)
  • Experience with analysis software (Spice, ADS, ANSYS, Hyperlynx)
  • Experience with Python or similar programming languages
  • Experience with soldering and rework
  • Experience with EE lab bench equipment (power supply, oscilloscope, signal analyzers, signal generators, network analyzers, etc)
The base salary for this position is $1750 per week.
Base Salary
$1,750$1,750 USD
U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required
(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))
Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.