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Propulsion Engineer
Confirmed live in the last 24 hours
El Segundo, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a technical field
  • 5+ years in propulsion design and/or test for spacecraft or rockets
  • Experience in the life cycle of spacecraft development: design, build, and test
  • In-space engine vacuum test experience
  • Hands-on experience with fluid systems
  • Pressurization & propellant system design
  • Fluid system analysis
  • Understanding of system impacts to component design decisions including packaging, thermal, environmental, and loads
  • Understand of fluid-mechanical components including check valves, solenoid valves, pressure regulators, and nozzles
  • Familiarity with CAD and lifecycle management software
  • Hands-on experience testing rocket engines and/or in-space thrusters
  • Must be able to adapt and thrive in a dynamic highly technical environment
  • 10+ years in propulsion design and/or test for spacecraft or rockets
  • Liquid in-space engine design experience, preferably monopropellant systems or hypergolics
  • Experience performing propulsion analysis such as propellant slosh/bladder modeling, fluids priming, or water hammer analysis
  • Experience with Siemens NX or similar CAD packages
  • 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. Learn more about the ITAR here
  • Design a spacecraft liquid propulsion system from scratch (or at least from components) and lead the full cycle design, development, and test
  • Full ownership of the vehicle propulsion systems design for capsule reentry, orbital adjustments, and phasing. This will primarily include a green monopropellant system
  • Scope projects from requirements capture and conduct design trades from open-ended problems
  • Develop fluid component specifications and source hardware for in-space liquid propulsion systems
  • Define the fabrication and component testing procedures and instructions
  • Develop Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and provide technical guidance to vendors or technicians
Varda Space

1-10 employees

Space terrestrial applications manufacturer
Company Overview
Varda Space’s mission is to manufacture products in space to benefit life on earth. The company is committed to accelerating innovation in space through their microgravity manufacturing platform, with applications including pharmaceuticals, hypersonic testing, and fiber optics.
  • Exciting team of professionals at the top of their field to working by your side
  • Working in El Segundo, CA - an awesome Southern California beach city with quick access to entertainment and outdoor activities
  • Equity in a fully funded space startup that is about to go through massive growth
  • Company parties and generally a fun atmosphere
  • 401(k)
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Health insurance
  • Lunch and snacks provided on site. Dinners twice a week for those working late.
  • Parental leave