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Kayhan Space

Senior Staff Backend Engineer

USAFull-Time$120K - $200K
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Kayhan is building cloud-first solutions that provide mission-critical spaceflight safety services to satellite operators. Kayhan is seeking a Senior Staff Software Engineer to collaboratively develop the next generation of space traffic coordination systems.

About Kayhan Space

Kayhan Space is a mission-driven, venture-backed startup, building autonomous solutions for the space industry. Our Colorado-based company is committed to building an environment where innovation is rewarded, diversity is magnified, and ambition is not throttled.

At Kayhan, we have the goal of leaving a great legacy behind. Whatever you do, big or small, we want you to own it. Because that’s the legacy you’ll leave for others.

We are skiers, parents, musicians, campers, geeks, scientists, and pet lovers. While we may come from different backgrounds and have different opinions and interests, we are united around a common set of core values. Our mission drives everything we do!

We’re looking for ambitious team members who share our values and are ready to think bigger.

Our Core Values

Integrity: Integrity is paramount to our success as a company. Telling the truth and providing accurate data is crucial for space operations — otherwise, it can cost lives. Maintaining a high level of transparency allows the Kayhan team to provide an open workplace culture that supports professional growth and development across the organization.

Hard Work: We value hustlers who hold themselves accountable and who can think on their feet. Kayhan employees seek to establish and surpass goals that will allow us to reach new heights.

Diversity: At Kayhan Space, we want our employees to be empowered to shoot for the moon! Our company is committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable team where members experience a sense of belonging. We believe these non-negotiables enhance the quality of our relationships with clients, partners, and vendors of all identities and backgrounds to make us a better, more effective organization.

Role Responsibilities

  • Design and develop world-class SaaS services bringing space traffic coordination and spaceflight safety services to market
  • Work collaboratively with domain experts to design and implement complex astrodynamic algorithms enabling our industry-leading products
  • Contribute to the software design life cycle, enabling rapid proof of concept product development through product general availability
  • Foster a culture of innovation and rapid iteration
  • Refine software services and incorporate market and customer feedback
  • Actively contribute to the engineering culture to build an environment where everyone is encouraged to do their best work
  • Embrace the API-first approach to building complex software applications enabling collaborative development between frontend and backend software teams
  • Mentor and enable software developers at all skill levels to perform at their best
  • Provide meaningful design feedback and code reviews to peers
  • Continually refine software systems to enable robust system observability, cybersecurity, and performance while optimizing for cost and reliability

About You

You are a seasoned developer with extensive experience in designing and developing software SaaS services. You passionately advocate for and pursue solutions that promote speed, safety, and scalability. You are both a technical expert and a natural leader, who is ready to establish systems and processes to help distribute your deep technical experience to your fellow team members. You work to establish a friendly, productive, and collaborative team environment, and you fundamentally understand the complex tradeoffs between performance, reliability, and time to market. You know how to interpret requirements and requests from different types of stakeholders, and you are comfortable independently synthesizing and organizing those requirements into tangible units of work.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or in a related field
  • 8+ years of experience architecting and building complex software systems
  • Experience in designing and developing complex software with highly constrained timing requirements
  • Experience in architecting software systems to meet strong cybersecurity requirements
  • Proven experience mentoring and enabling software developers at all skill levels
  • 5+ years of experience with:
  • Agile Software Development & Kanban
  • Cloud Computing (AWS preferred)
  • Python including common scientific computing libraries (NumPy, SciPy)
  • Python Package Managers (Poetry, Conda, Mamba)
  • System-level software development language (C, C++, Rust)
  • API design with clear documentation
  • Software containerization and orchestration (Docker and Kubernetes)
  • CI/CD-driven development practices
  • Writing and maintaining automated tests
  • Databases and caches, including common SQL and NoSQL systems
  • Asynchronous message queue systems (RabbitMQ, Kafka)
  • Linux

Job Location

  • Denver, CO
  • Remote


  • Total compensation for this role is base salary + company equity
  • Colorado base salary range: $120k - $200k per year

Kayhan Space Benefits and Perks

  • Competitive salary
  • Company Equity
  • Great health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • 401k
  • Lunch catered weekly for the Colorado office
  • Opportunity to have an impact on a global scale for space sustainability

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