Sr. Propulsion Systems Engineer, Advanced Development

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Building the next generation of plasma propulsion.

The Advanced Development team is growing to support multiple programs focused on increasing the performance, capabilities, and applications of Phase Four’s core technology, the radio frequency thruster. The desired Senior Propulsion Systems Engineer will serve as technical lead on one of these programs, managing the engineering effort to develop new, innovative propulsion concepts.

Core Responsibilities

  • Manage the technical effort of an advanced development program, from concept development and requirements definition to technology demonstration and delivery to the customer
  • Lead trade studies, concepts evaluation, and system sizing for future propulsion technologies and mission applications
  • Lead requirements definition for propulsion systems and advanced development programs
  • Perform design, analysis, development engineering, and flight operations tasks for propulsion systems
  • Interact and manage engineers and technicians from all disciplines, including mechanical, fluids, electrical, ground support equipment, software, test and production flight
  • Act as the technical interface with internal (management, operations, product development teams) and external stakeholders (customers, subcontractors)
  • Develop test plans and analyze test results in support of test operations
  • Implement and maintain rigorous hardware and software verification and validation processes through practical application of automation and process controls
  • Align resources to accomplish key objectives, assign clear accountability for important objectives, and set the performance bar at the highest standard of excellence

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, or a related field
  • Over 5 years of direct design and development experience with mechanical or fluid systems in the space propulsion industry (liquid and/or electric)
  • CAD proficiency (Solidworks preferred)
  • Expert in GD&T application and analysis
  • Knowledge in the use of FEA analysis tools (ANSYS preferred)
  • Analytical/scientific programming experience (Python, Matlab, Excel, etc.)
  • Experience managing or tasking a technical team
  • Experience working with DoD and/or NASA program offices or labs
  • Demonstrated track record of success in a rapidly growing, changing and highly technical environment – ability to act and execute in a scrappy, entrepreneurial manner against tight timelines and aggressive schedules

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Engineering, Physics, or a related field
  • Over 7 years of direct design and development experience in the space propulsion industry (liquid and/or electric)
  • Experience with hardware development/delivery for US government customers (DoD/NASA)
  • Knowledge of plasma physics concepts
  • Experience with hypersonics
  • Experience with scientific simulation software (i.e., particle-in-cell or custom-written code)
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, startup-like environment
  • Active TS/SCI clearance

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