Ground Systems Engineer

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WindBorne Systems is supercharging weather models with a unique proprietary data source: constellations of next-generation smart weather balloons targeting the most critical atmospheric data. Our long-term vision is to eliminate weather uncertainty, and in the process help humanity adapt to climate change, be that predicting hurricanes or speeding the adoption of renewables. The founding team of Stanford engineers was named Forbes 2019 30 under 30 and is backed by top investors including Khosla Ventures.

WindBorne is looking for a Ground Systems Engineer to design, build, and maintain launch equipment that will be used daily at multiple WindBorne launch sites worldwide. You will play a leading role in creating the hardware that allows for quick, safe, and reliable launches in a wide range of conditions, as well as updating hardware to handle increasingly adverse weather and meet the needs of our rapidly evolving flight platform. You will work closely with the R&D and operations teams to maximize our launch capabilities as we scale to hundreds of daily launches from over a dozen locations.

We're dedicated to both mitigating climate change and helping humanity adapt to its effects as fast as possible, and you can be a part of our mission to make this global societal impact. If you like the idea of working on cutting edge technology, and working with a fast moving team, WindBorne is the place for you.

Image of a WindBorne balloon
Map of hundreds of WindBorne's flights, covering the entire northern hemisphere
Balloon flight paths from over 500 flights conducted by WindBorne

Roles and responsibilities

  • Improve on existing balloon launch support equipment to enable reliable launches in a wide range of weather conditions by a single trained operator
  • Work closely with the R&D team to ensure flight hardware and launch equipment are co-designed to operate effectively
  • Assemble and maintain launch equipment for use around the world
  • Work with the logistics team and launch contractors to ensure ease of shipping and site setup, and reliable operations in the field
  • Assist in developing training materials and checklists for launch contractors
  • Perform R&D on on-site gas generation systems to ease logistics in highly remote locations
  • Develop systems and operational concepts to automate aspects of the launch process
  • Support flight hardware R&D

Skills and Qualifications


  • 3+ years of mechanical engineering experience
  • Experience taking projects through all stages from initial concept through design, assembly, and test
  • Proficiency in CAD (Solidworks preferred)
  • Experience designing for 3D printing, laser cutting, and manual machining
  • Strong hands-on experience
  • Proficiency with basic machining tools (drill press, saws, hand-tools, etc.)
  • Experience working within a Digital HQ chat platform, e.g. Slack
  • Willingness to travel occasionally
  • Strong preference for creative but mechanically simple designs over feature-rich and complex ones

Nice to have

  • Experience with compressed gas systems
  • Electronics skills (soldering, use of test equipment, board design)
  • Familiarity with designing systems for all-weather operation


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Stock Option Plan
  • Office food and beverages


Address: 858 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, CA.

The position is in-person.

What our hardware looks like

Closeup of a WindBorne balloon
Launch rig
Photos taken in Svalbard, Norway, 78°N

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