Propulsion Design Lead

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Fly Me to the Moon!

We are looking for you, who have experience with designing and building a methalox or hydrolox rocket propulsion system. Ideally, we would like to find someone who has significant experience and can help guide the propulsion team through the nuances of supercritical fluids and engine pitfalls.

Masten Space Systems is enabling sustainable access and utilization of the Moon, Mars, and beyond. We’ve been building and flying reusable rockets for nearly two decades with the most successful rocket-powered landings in the industry. We work directly with NASA, defense, and commercial customers to develop the tech it takes to break down the barriers to space. We’re now on a mission to land on the Lunar South Pole – the first of many Masten missions to unlock the value in space for humans on Earth and designing new vertical take-off and vertical landing (VTVL) reusable rockets.

Join our team of space pioneers, rocket scientists, and business heavyweights to add “landed on the Moon” to your resume. Together, we’ll make wild napkin ideas possible by taking them from the lab to the test site, and all the way to the Moon and beyond.

Include with the application a copy of your resume with a cover letter first, your resume second, and a portfolio at the end if you have one. All of these documents should be combined into one pdf document of less than 10MB and have a filename in the format of Lastname_Firstname.pdf. Only applications in this format will be reviewed. Your portfolio should show projects you have worked on in a hands-on capacity. School projects, prior work projects, or even home projects are acceptable. Include pictures and descriptions of what your part in the project was if it was a team project.

The scope of the position includes:

  • Providing engineering expertise in the area of design, development, and test of rocket cryogenic propulsion systems.
  • Focus on the propulsion system of the future reusable VTVL flight program. Other projects may include technology development and testing programs in support of a suborbital transportation system or rocket mining.
  • Providing mentorship and guidance to less experienced technical team members.

Duties & Responsibilities covering one or multiple areas:

  • Fluid Systems
  • Thrust chamber design and manufacturing
  • Development of fluid component specifications and sourcing of hardware for cryogenic propellant propulsion systems
  • Pressurization & propellant system design
  • Fluid schematics and CAD
  • Fabrication drawings and procedures
  • Component testing procedures
  • Propellant slosh/bladder modeling
  • Priming and water hammer analysis
  • Ground Support Equipment for rocket
  • Responsible for the procurement and fabrication of test stand equipment
  • Develop fabrication processes and work instructions
  • Provide technical guidance to fabricators and other technicians

Required Skills / Experience:

  • Innovative and open to helping create a suborbital transportation economy — passionate about space and rocketry.
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly design, prototype, and test rocket engines.
  • 5+ years in engineering.
  • Strong work ethic and intrinsic motivation.
  • Strong ability to apply concepts learned in one setting to another setting.
  • Must be able to adapt and thrive in a dynamic highly technical environment.
  • Bachelor’s, advanced degree, or equivalent knowledge in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, or engineering physics.

Desired Skills/Experience (some combination of below):

  • Experience with design and analysis of fluid and thermal systems including heat exchangers
  • Experience with design and analysis of turbine, and/or pump-fed engines with G-G cycles
  • Rocket system instability analysis and mitigation design
  • Experience with testing including test plans, instrumentation, data analysis, and troubleshooting
  • Experience designing additively manufactured components
  • Experience modeling dynamic systems, including underlying differential equations

Other Helpful Skills and Experience

  • Experience with startups, new space companies, and/or working in small teams such as racing organizations.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Hands-on fabrication experience.

Legal Requirements:

All applicants must be U.S. persons as defined in the U.S. export control laws (22 CFR §120.15) and regulations to include: U.S. citizen, national, lawful permanent resident, or individual admitted to the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Tagged as: mechanical engineering, materials engineering, Aerospace Engineering, manufacturing engineering, engineering physics, methalox or hydrolox rocket propulsion system

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