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Lab Operations Associate



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 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!

Lab Operations Associate

As our Lab Operations Associate at Astranis, you will be part of the small but capable team responsible for the build-out, organization, maintenance, and day-to-day operations of our multiple hardware development labs. You’ll get to work with a wide array of equipment and alongside some of the best and brightest minds in the industry. You’ll help us find the best equipment for our satellite development and manufacturing labs, make sure it’s installed and operating properly, as well as ensure continuity for our labs.


  • Perform, support, and champion lab organization and cleanliness
  • Help establish and enforce safety guidelines and best practices in all lab areas
  • Responsible for documenting and maintaining a fleet of both rental and owned test equipment, including enforcing rental contract terms and limits
  • Inventory management of lab supplies and consumables
  • Work with supply chain and finance to reduce equipment procurement costs where possible
  • Manage calibration and repairs of lab equipment, seeking to maximize equipment uptime
  • Help manage our hazardous waste and e-waste programs
  • Support the rest of the team with other facility related projects as necessary
  • Support engineering teams with test assistance when required and as available


  • 2+ years of experience working in a sensitive hardware development and/or manufacturing facility. Bachelor's degree in a STEM related field is nice to have but not required
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with electrical engineering lab equipment and practices
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with rapidly changing priorities and deadlines
  • Understanding of electrostatic discharge (ESD) and high voltage (HV) safety and working guidelines
  • Familiarity with G-suite tools
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with Jira/Confluence
  • Ideally you’re comfortable with both hand tools and various computer based tools, as we do a variety of work on this team
  • Flexibility to perform work in a variety of conditions, including being hands on directly with hardware and equipment
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs and spend large portions of the day moving around and between various lab areas

What we offer:
All our positions offer a compensation package that includes equity and robust benefits.
Base pay is a single component of Astranis's total rewards package, which may also include equity in the form of incentive stock options, high quality company-subsidized healthcare, disability and life insurance benefits, flexible PTO, 401(K) retirement, and free on-site catered meals.
Astranis pay ranges are informed and defined through professional-grade salary surveys and compensation data sources. The actual base salary offered to a successful candidate will additionally be influenced by a variety of factors including experience, credentials & certifications, educational attainment, skill level requirements, and the level and scope of the position.
Base Salary
$90,000$110,000 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.