Materials Characterization Engineer at Relativity Space

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Team and Role Overview

At Relativity, we re-imagine the way rockets are built and flown. The Materials and Processes Team plays a crucial role in this mission by evaluating and improving the materials that make our vehicle. We are searching for a Materials Characterization Engineer who will be responsible for conducting testing and evaluation processes for Relativity’s Materials Characterization lab. A high degree of self-motivation, organization skills and attention to detail is required.

The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives

Your main objective will be to successfully implement materials characterization techniques and processes to support test programs across the company. Relativity Space is focused on 3D printing rockets and associated hardware with the ultimate goal of 3D printing a rocket on Mars. The Materials Team is a key contributor to the Relativity Space mission by designing, understanding, and developing our materials. Managing large projects from conception to completion is a key objective to attaining our goals.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will be an outgoing individual with a self-starter attitude. A successful Materials Characterization Engineer at Relativity Space will have excellent communication skills and the ability to work with internal and external customers/suppliers to support company needs. Having worked with metallography equipment and experience with metallurgical processes is desired. The ideal candidate should have an excellent understanding of metallographic preparation, microstructure of materials, microscopy. The candidate also should be strong in organization and documentation.

Minimum Required Skills and Competencies

  • Associate’s degree in materials science or metallography, or a related field.
  • 3+ years industry experience or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with software for documentation of test data (MS Office, OneDrive and SharePoint).
  • Experience in materials characterization laboratories.
  • Experience with metallographic techniques and equipment (mounting + polishing, etching, sample preparation, hardness, etc.).
  • Experience with microscopy techniques and equipment (optical, SEM/EDS, metallographic, etc.).

Preferred Skills and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in materials science or metallography, or a related field.
  • Prior experience taking ownership of high capital equipment, particularly in purchasing and install.
  • Experience characterizing aerospace alloys (aluminum, steel, superalloys, etc.).
  • Experience characterizing additive manufacturing materials and parts.

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a United States Person as defined by 22 C.F.R.  § 120.15 is required.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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Relativity is located near LAX in an industrial complex where we take up 4 buildings. We are easily accessible from the 405, near Randy's Donuts!

An Insider's view of Relativity Space

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office is very interesting--from the large and colorful art pieces on the walls to the large (and small) rocket parts all over. We also have screens all over that are casting live streams of our testing and manufacturing floor. You just feel like you are seeing the future of manufacturing unfold right before your eyes.


Lead Recruiter

What is your vision for the company?

We are creating an entirely re-imagined process to iterate and scale rockets quickly, eventually helping to build the future of humanity in space.


CEO and Co-Founder

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've never been at a company before that has so valued recruiting and the candidate experience in all stages of the interview process, from initial contact to even past onboarding. Everyone here respects each others' time and takes hiring very seriously. We have a high bar, but that means we've also cultivated a very talented team!


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What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Stocked Kitchen
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some Meals Provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Happy Hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Annual learning and development stipend of up to $2,000.
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Paid industry certifications
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