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Propulsion Stage Systems Engineer
Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member of our team to serve as a Propulsion Stage Systems Engineer. If you join us in this position, you will be a technical leader in the physical build and support analysis of liquid rocket engine systems. You will use flight, test, and design data to describe system performance across a broad range of conditions, in order to drive and validate the system design. You will also assist/consult with the manufacturing team to ensure changes or discrepancies are disposition and planned for appropriately.
The technical attributes of the ideal candidate include knowledge of liquid rocket engine performance fundamentals, familiarity of the performance metrics of major subsystems, significant hands on hardware experience (e.g. proof, leak, and vibe), strong problem solving skills, and coding skills (Matlab, Python preferred). The non-technical attributes of the ideal candidate include independent and able to understand top level goals, great attention to detail, and desire to work closely with people from other disciplines.
The engineers on this team are highly motivated and interdisciplinary. This team has a focus in fluid systems, but with working knowledge and relationships with production, avionics, flight sciences, GNC, thermal, and structural analysis. This team is responsible for all propellant management fluid system development and design, flight readiness, pre-operation system checkouts, post-operation data review, troubleshooting, and anomaly resolution. This team fosters a culture of high accountability, respectful inclusive culture, proactive problem solving, and always being enthusiastic to help each other and other internal teams.
This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.
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.
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