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Stratolaunch, LLC Staff Propulsion Engineer in Mojave, California

Position Summary

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 otherwise exist. 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 efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Senior Propulsion Engineer to design and analyze propellant and pressurant delivery systems. Tasking will include the design and architecture of fluid propulsion systems, the sourcing and selection of rocket engine valves and components, and the data analysis of propulsion ground testing. An ideal candidate will have both fluid subsystem design and analysis experience, along with test data analysis experience. You must be comfortable with supporting your design through the entire design life cycle – from conceptual through integration and test. This position will include evaluation of a broad range of technical data. Candidates must have an aerospace development background and relevant experience in propulsion system development.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Design and analyze propulsion systems which may include liquid, solid, and/or hybrid engine feed systems

  • Perform fluid and thermal analysis of complex fluid networks

  • Source and select components including valves, tanks, sensors, etc.

  • Work with vendors, as required, to acquire components which meet the performance requirements

  • Recommend instrumentation to support design verification and test activities

  • Support ground and flight tests, as required

  • Perform data analysis to support design verification and test activities

  • Develop engineering tools, as needed, to complete their tasking

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to the Propulsion Lead

  • Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems

  • Travel, as needed, to support the department

  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity and fulfillment of commitments


  • Knowledge of and experience with one or more of these disciplines: fluid system modeling and analysis, ground and/or flight test data analysis, fluid system valves and component selection, fluid subsystem architecture

  • Experience with fluid system modeling and analysis, including cryogenic systems

  • Experience with Monte Carlo modeling and analysis

  • Experience with propulsion ground testing, data reduction, and analysis

  • Experience with fluid system components such as valves and sensors

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

  • Excellent written communication and documentation skills

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

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

  • Complex aerospace system development

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 5-plus years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience

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: Engineering