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Stratolaunch, LLC Senior System Safety Engineer in Mojave, California

Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to contribute to high speed research and development. The goal of Stratolaunch is to use the air-launch platform for enabling technologies that may not exist otherwise. Stratolaunch has the potential for creating technology development opportunities for commercial, philanthropic and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology.

To achieve these great efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Senior Systems Safety Engineer to evaluate the hazards and safety of the Stratolaunch architecture. This position will work with our Engineering and Operations team for both the carrier aircraft and payload development. This position will be based at our facility in Mojave, CA.

In this role, the selected candidate will lead the refinement and implementation of Stratolaunch’s system safety processes. In addition, core responsibilities will include contributing to the design and development of aerospace vehicles and processes from a safety perspective, documenting various system safety analyses, building and maintaining Stratolaunch’s Hazard Database, and assisting with safety-related requirements management. This candidate must be comfortable working in a flight test environment. This position directly reports to our Director of System Safety. Candidates must have a strong engineering education background, a desire to work in aviation and aerospace safety, and excellent writing skills.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop the Stratolaunch System Safety Analysis

  • Author, review and monitor all Safety Derived Requirements

  • Participate in the risk & change management processes for Stratolaunch

  • Assist in safety evaluations of test set-ups, procedures, and the test itself

  • Review and update safety-related portions of all documentation

  • Document risks and risk mitigation plans, and track risk changes over time

  • Analyze technical data with interpretation for application to safety assessments

  • Communicate regularly/comprehensively to the Principal Systems Safety Engineer and Vice President of Safety

  • Travel, as needed, to support the department


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to learn to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made by Stratolaunch to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Strong communication skills

  • Knowledge of aerospace safety processes, (e.g. Hazards analysis, FMEAs, critical items list, and operational procedures evaluation)

  • Knowledge of fundamental aerospace safety processes, skilled at creating fault trees, functional hazard analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, probabilistic risk analysis, reliability, and system safety analysis

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Facilitation skills and ability to communicate effectively to varied audiences to gain support or resolve concerns

  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities


  • Knowledge of statistics and basic reliability theory

  • Experience with AS9100 or similar quality standards

  • Knowledge of Ec safety analysis

Required computer skills

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Visio)

  • Familiarity in a Reliability Software Suite (e.g. Windchill, Isograph, NPRD)


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in engineering field from accredited institution

  • 5+ years of experience in aerospace system safety fields

Special remarks regarding work environment

  • Travel estimated to be less than 10%

  • Position is based in Mojave, CA

Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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Job Category: Safety, Quality, and Mission Assurance