Senior/Lead Propulsion Development Engineer

| Greater LA Area
Relativity seeks a highly talented Senior/Lead Propulsion Development Engineer to join a rapidly growing space startup. This position will build the core of our propulsion capability via the development and operation of world-class engines, turbopumps, combustion devices, and integration to complete rocket vehicle stages. A high degree of autonomy and leadership is required.
This position is based in Los Angeles but requires travel to our Mississippi test site as needed.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design, build, and test advanced rocket engines and propulsion systems.
  • Support propulsion system design through all phases from preliminary design and analysis to detailed design, integration, test, and qualification.
  • Develop test programs and processes, analyze data and test results, and troubleshoot propulsion hardware and performance.
  • Work with manufacturing engineers to develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing methods using knowledge of product design, materials and parts, assembly methods, and quality control standards.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree (BS/MS/PhD) in engineering with 3+ years experience developing liquid rocket engines.
  • Strong understanding of launch vehicle propulsion systems and components.
  • ProE/CREO experience or equivalent with an understanding and application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) per ASME Y14.5-1994.
  • Proficient in the physics of compressible and incompressible flow, thermodynamics, multiphase flow, mechanics, and materials.
  • Good understanding and experience working with advanced manufacturing techniques to design for manufacturability and assembly.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced and intense startup environment.
  • Ability to complete projects with ownership of end-to-end solutions and minimal oversight.
  • Proven judgment in making coupled technical and business decisions balancing both big picture and execution-oriented factors.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience leading small teams in complex engineering projects.
  • Experience with powder bed additive manufacturing and automation techniques.
  • Familiarity with industry-standard propulsion design and analysis codes.
  • Experience developing propulsion system design and analysis codes.
  • Experience managing subcontractors, suppliers, and vendors.
  • 5+ years experience developing liquid rocket engines.

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

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Location

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

How does your team reward individual success?

Every couple weeks, we nominate someone who we feel has had a great contribution to the company. We then have a "brown bag" where the nominated person presents on what they've been up to!

Nat

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.

Tim

CEO and Co-Founder

What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

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
401(K)
Company Equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid Holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Paid Sick Days
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
Parking
Assigned spots in the lot specifically for Relativity Employees!
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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