Virgin Orbit, LLC

Senior Propulsion Engine Systems Analyst

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
Information Technology
Regular FT


Long Beach, CA



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Who we are



At Virgin Orbit, we are launching the small satellite revolution, enabling missions that were previously unimaginable. We are delivering Virgin’s legendary customer experience by combining advanced technology with a diligent, hard-working team. We have built a workplace and a workforce of the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today are launching the industries of tomorrow. We have engaged a diverse and inclusive community of doers and dreamers alike, empowering all those working today to build satellites and constellations that will change the world.


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Propulsion Engine Systems Analyst


Position Summary 

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member of our team to serve as a Propulsion Engine Systems Analyst. If you join us in this position, you will be a technical leader in the analysis of liquid rocket engine systems.  You will use flight, test, and design data to describe engine performance across a broad range of conditions, in order to drive and validate the system design. The ideal candidate will have mastery of liquid rocket engine performance fundamentals, have good familiarity of the performance metrics of major subsystems, and have strong coding skills.  This role is for a person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Perform engine system performance analysis of potential rocket engine flight conditions with industry standard tools
  • Reconstruct rocket engine ground and flight performance
  • Analyze engine and component behavior in all phases of operation, including transient and steady state, to diagnose behavior, investigate anomalies, and advise on design improvements
  • Own and continually improve tools for modeling engine performance, including prediction and reconstruction of operation in flight and on the ground
  • Develop and maintain tools for data visualization and analysis
  • Perform trade studies and concept evaluation of potential new designs
  • Perform reduction of data gathered from propulsion hardware operation
  • Perform other duties as necessary in a lightweight engineering organization

What you bring

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline (engineering, physics, chemistry, or similar)
  • Demonstrated computer coding capability
  • Experience with evaluation of fluid system data, data post-processing, and comparison to models and physical principles
  • Experience with some of the relevant software used in the aerospace industry, such as Matlab, Python, and ROCETS
  • Capability of solving complex problems with little-to-no supervision, on schedule, as an individual or as leader of an integrated team
  • Rigorous attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic and ability to self-start
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Drive, high motivation, and commitment to improvement
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Must be a U.S. person as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
  • Must be able to provide proof of US-approved Covid-19 full vaccination status, unless otherwise exempted by an approved reasonable medical or religious accommodation from Virgin Orbit


… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.

  • Educational background in liquid rocket engines
  • Experience with pump fed liquid rocket engine analysis
  • Experience with rocket turbomachinery performance parameters
  • Experience with liquid rocket engine combustion device data evaluation
  • Experience with instrumentation, data collection, and their impacts on performance calculations
  • Experience with typical liquid rocket propellant behavior, including cryogenic fluids
  • Experience with dynamic data acquisition, processing, and evaluation
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team'
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness


ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Personal Requirements

Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. 


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