Stratolaunch System Safety Engineer in Mojave, California

Stratolaunch, founded in 2011 by Paul G. Allen, is developing an air-launch platform to make access to space more convenient, reliable, and routine. We believe that normalizing access to low Earth orbit (LEO) has the potential to redefine our lives by creating more opportunities for commercial, philanthropic and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology from space.

To achieve these great efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Lead Systems Safety Engineer to be responsible for all system safety activities for the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft.

In this role, the selected candidate will help implement 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 position will enable a candidate to develop experience in a variety of aerospace disciplines, while using their engineering education as a building block for learning system safety engineering skills. 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:

  • Baseline the Carrier Aircraft System Safety Analysis

  • Review and monitor all Safety Derived Requirements

  • Participate in the risk management process for Stratolaunch

  • Serve in the Safety role for change management

  • 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

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

  • Communicate regularly/comprehensively to the Safety Manager

  • 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

  • Sound knowledge of aerospace safety processes

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Familiarity with requirements development

  • Familiarity with risk management

  • 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


  • Excellent 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

  • Knowledge of statistics and basic reliability theory

Required computer skills:

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


  • 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 approximately 10%

  • Position is based in Mojave, CA

Applicants must be a U.S. 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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