• Contract Visiting Researcher

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

    As a visiting researcher, you will be embedded as part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts working in your field of expertise to advance the science, technology, and designs required to fulfill Blue Origin’s vision of enabling a future where millions of people are living and working in space. You will be working on projects that impact the design and operations of our launch vehicles, in-space systems, planetary landers and crewed vehicles. Your efforts will help expand our presence beyond low Earth orbit, and develop sustainable access architectures to space and planetary surfaces.


    You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and often uncertain environment, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


    • Strengthen and advance areas of research that are of particular interest to Blue Origin through the exchange of ideas, research methods, and technical expertise
    • Conduct independent and collaborative research (and development) to increase technology readiness levels in support of Blue Origin’s vision of enabling a future where millions of people are living and working in space
    • Assist technologists, scientists, and engineers in technology and system development projects across the product lifecycle, ranging from experiments and proof of concepts to prototype demonstrations in operational environments
    • Promote high standards for research and development among peers; provide subject matter expertise to engineering and business unit leaders; be technically ambitious
    • Support and participate in gated reviews, concept studies, and preliminary design activities
    • Document, report, and present research results to colleagues, program management, business unit leaders, and customers
    • Support technology transfer and strong collaborative relationships between Blue Origin and your hosting institution
    • Mentor and technically assist other engineers and scientists


    • Current member of the external research community (i.e. faculty members, faculty research associates, tenured researchers at Research Centers and Laboratories) in the area of aeronautics & astronautics, computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, applied and engineering physics, or related field
    • Experience with one or more of the following specialties: power; propulsion; fluids; avionics; communications; navigation; software; guidance; control; autonomous operations; robotics; entry, descent, and landing; materials; structures; manufacturing; data science; thermal management; space logistics; environmental control and life support systems; human accommodations 
    • Versed in the challenges, technologies, and historical system solutions endemic to the space environment
    • Capable of working both independently and in small team environments; must have excellent problem-solving skills and be driven by challenging problems
    • Highly self-motivated, organized, and capable of planning and guiding complex technical work
    • Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum


    • Previous experience in applying research to relevant industry problems
    • Interest and/or experience in working with hardware
    • Experience with proposal leadership and support; experience working with and proposing to U.S. Government research agencies

    This opportunity is generally directed at current faculty looking for a challenging research assignment to conduct during a sabbatical year. Appointments vary in length but will be temporary and for a term of less than one year. Appointments are structured to meet the specific research task or need being addressed.




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