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Senior Propulsion Engineer (Combustion Devices)

Inversion Space

Inversion Space

torrance, ca, usa
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2022

Turning Space into a Transportation Layer for Earth

Who We Are:
Inversion was founded in 2021 with the mission to build the first affordable, high cadence return capability for the commercial and defense space industries. With launching to space becoming cheap and frequent, comparable options for return must become available to allow for a robust economy in space. We believe in a future where returning from space is as common as launching to space. Inversion is building reentry vehicles faster and cheaper than ever before through a focus on simplicity.

This next-generation class of space vehicle will finally be able to provide high-frequency return of research, goods, supplies, and equipment that is critical for all future commercial activities and supply chains in space. With launch costs at an all-time low and dropping, now is the time to build these round-trip capabilities. Inversion has ambitious goals with strong financial backing to make this a reality.

What You’ll Do:

We are seeking a Sr. Propulsion Development Engineer to not only own the design and flight of Inversion’s first (and the world’s fastest to develop) reentry vehicle’s rocket engine, but also Inversion’s future propulsion systems and teams. Inversion’s capsules' propulsion systems are core to the product, providing large impulse deorbit burns as well as incredibly precise attitude control and rendezvous capability on-orbit. Your role is fundamental to the path and direction that these next generation vehicles look like and are made.

This candidate will be based out of our headquarters in Torrance, California, USA, and will work closely with other development engineers and directly with Inversion's CTO to carry the engine through the entire development process, from design to flight. You will also play a fundamental role in Inversion's future propulsion roadmap, providing input that will have a significant impact on the design and types of systems developed, as well as the makeup of our propulsion team.

  • Design and develop a new bi-propellant rocket engine thrust chamber, including injectors, chambers, nozzles, and manifolds.

  • Take the rocket engine from start to finish at breakneck speed, with the freedom to test and develop to push us forward.

  • Work with, and occasionally work at, Inversion's Mojave test facility to hotfire and fully flight-qualify the engine you designed to fly on Inversion's first mission.

  • Play a crucial role in the road map of Inversion’s propulsion systems and team. Develop the systems you think should be developed. Build the team you think should be built.

What It Takes:

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering-related field.

  • 4+ years of professional design and experimental experience working on bi-propellant rocket engine systems (thrust chambers, injectors, gas generators, preburners, etc.).

  • Strong understanding of thermodynamic and heat transfer fundamentals and simulation tools used alongside design (Ex: MATLAB, ANSYS, CEA, TDK, RTE, ROCCID, etc.).

  • Professional experience with CAD, hand calculations, FEA, and design reviews.

  • Demonstrated experience writing and executing procedures for complex hardware operations.

What We’d Love:

  • Professional experience using NX CAD.

  • Strong understanding of complex and dual-phase fluids and compressible flows.

  • Experience designing and seeing through the manufacturing of additively manufactured (DMLS/DMLM/BP-DED) propulsion components.

  • Extensive practical understanding of manufacturing, drafting, and GD&T.

  • Professional experience conducting hazardous test operations.

  • Ability to thrive in a no-rulebook start-up environment.

Additional Requirements:

  • Position may require extended work hours and weekend work.
  • Position may require standing, bending, and working directly with hardware on the floor for extended periods of time.

Where You’ll Be:

  • Our office headquarters is located in Torrance, CA. All jobs require you to work onsite unless otherwise stated in the job description.
  • If working remote is an option, other major metropolitan locations in the U.S. with relevance to the space industry may be possible.
  • Travel may be required (up to 30%) for this role.

Hiring Manager's Note: "We're looking for somebody to be an integral engineer on our amazing prop team to help develop a powerful, compact, and capability-defining rocket engine for our capsules. You'll not only get to touch the design, testing, and flight of the engine, but also help define the trajectory of where our propulsion team goes in the future. When Inversion’s Arc capsule successfully lands from orbit using pin-point accuracy, visits a space station for the first time, and defines an entire segment of aerospace vehicle, you’ll be able to say that you were responsible for one of the most critical pieces that made that happen. Let's make some fire."

~Austin Briggs, CTO

The California annual base salary for this role is currently $130,000 - $180,000. Pay Grades are determined by role, level, location, and alignment with market data. Individual pay will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: interviews and an assessment of several factors that are unique to each candidate, job-related skills, relevant education and experience, certifications, abilities of the candidate and internal equity.

ITAR Compliance:
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.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Inversion provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, or disability.
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