• Thermal Systems Engineer - Advanced Development Programs

    Job Locations US-WA-Kent
    Category
    Advanced Development Programs
    Job ID
    2350
  • Overview

    As part of a small, passionate, and accomplished advanced development team, you will be the subject matter expert on the thermal design, modeling, and analysis of various spaceflight systems — with a particular emphasis on spacecraft, in-space stages, and landers. Your position will directly impact the history of space exploration, and your dedicated commitment and detailed attention will further the cause of safe and repeatable spaceflight.

    Responsibilities

    • Perform hand calculations to screen concepts without detailed modeling and to sanity check finite element model results 
    • Build vehicle-level thermal models using SINDA/FLUINT with Thermal Desktop
    • Contribute to thermal control system architecture definition through identification and sizing of components and proposing advanced technology pursuits
    • Model aerospace material thermal properties such as emissivity, absorptivity, and contact resistance, including how these properties change based on surface finishes, assembly methods, and exposure to space environments
    • Perform steady-state and transient finite element thermal analysis in a variety of aerospace environments: launch/ascent, Earth orbit, cis-lunar and interplanetary transit, and landed on celestial bodies such as the Moon, Mars, and asteroids.
    • Work closely with systems and design engineers and leverage thermal analyses to develop integrated design solutions, rapidly assess conceptual designs, and establish thermal requirements and performance parameters
    • Derive subsystem and component-level thermal environments from system-level models

    Qualifications

    • Minimum of a B.S. degree in Mechanical or Aerospace engineering or equivalent technical field
    • At least 5 years industry experience in thermal design and analysis of space systems, preferably spacecraft, in-space stages, and/or landers
    • Ability to apply judgement, developed through theory and experience, to assess the appropriate level of detail required in a thermal model 
    • Experience working collaboratively in small teams on fast-paced projects
    • History of developing solutions with partially defined requirements and changing criteria
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien (current Green Card holder)

    Desired

    • M.S. degree in Mechanical or Aerospace engineering or equivalent technical field
    • Experience across the product life cycle (pre-conceptual design through field support)
    • Experience with a scripting language or platform such as Matlab or Python
    • Familiarity with version control (e.g. git/gitlab, mercurial, subversion)
    • Experience with collaboration tools such as Confluence and JIRA
    • Experience with proposal development

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