Thermal Systems Engineer – Planetary Mobility

Company Details


Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s suite of lunar landers and rovers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications. Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Astrobotic was selected by NASA in May 2019 for a $79.5 million contract to deliver a suite of NASA instruments to the Moon. This mission will see the Peregrine lunar lander return America to the Moon with 22 payloads representing 5 countries. In June 2020, Astrobotic was selected for a $199.5 million contract to deliver the NASA VIPER rover to the lunar south pole on board the Griffin lunar lander. This mission will enable NASA’s objective to map water ice on the lunar surface, which in turn supports NASA’s plans for crewed missions in 2024.

Astrobotic’s Planetary Mobility Department wants you to support the design of its fleet of rovers and cutting-edge solutions in space. The Planetary Mobility Department fosters a collaborative working environment with high degrees of freedom, responsibility, and expectations. We highly value teamwork. We’re building novel solutions to challenging technical problems with the goal of making space more accessible to the world as a commercial platform. Astrobotic has received 40+ NASA contracts to date in areas such as mobile robotics, multi-rover exploration, lunar cave exploration, lunar mining, remote non-geometric terrain sensing, planetary drones, autonomous precision landing, and high-performance computing. In 2019 Astrobotic was awarded a $5.6 million contract to develop and deliver an autonomous rover called MoonRanger to the South Pole of the Moon in 2023. As part of Astrobotic’s Planetary Mobility Team, you will literally be creating history as we define the benchmark for the commercial delivery of payloads to the Moon and beyond.


  • Perform trade studies and selection through testing and integration.
  • Coordinate between technical partners, vendors, and other subsystem engineers to assess design progress, schedule, and risks.
  • Build mathematical models using design data, integrate models to determine system-level performance.
  • Develop test procedures for hardware systems and conduct thermal tests. Provide real-time mission support and write and present technical reports.
  • Implement the systems engineering development cycle and regularly report to the Lead Thermal Engineer.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • B.S. + 6 years, M.S. + 4 years, or Ph.D. + 2 years in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering with thermal fluids focus.
  • Thermal systems experience in thermal design, analysis, hardware, integration, test, and operations of spacecraft, science instruments, or other major flight system elements (rovers, landers, etc.).
  • Experience in being a major part of thermal teams across the entire project lifecycle both technically and programmatically (budget, schedule, work agreement, and identification of receivable/deliverables).
  • Proven capability to develop conceptual thermal designs, perform trade studies, and down-select to a design baseline.
  • Skills to establish thermal requirements and interfaces with project partners inside and outside of Astrobotic.
  • Thermal software experience (Thermal Desktop required and ANSYS Thermal desired) and mechanical CAD (AutoCAD and/or Solidworks).
  • Thorough knowledge of industry thermal practices.
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or another non-merit factor.

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