Propulsion Engineer

Boston (Charlestown)
Engineering
Full-time
About Accion Systems
 
At Accion [pronounced AX-ee-on], we're working to change the world by making outer space more affordable and accessible. We come to work every day to build next-generation ion engines and other cool technologies for spacecraft. Our younger selves would be very proud of us.
 
Our team is excited about our mission and we work AND play hard together to achieve it. We offer competitive salary and benefits (including health, dental, 401(k) with match, gym membership reimbursement, and vacation), and we engage our team through activities including an annual retreat, weekly lunches, monthly team outings, and the chance to travel to and present at industry events. We strongly value self-motivated, enthusiastic employees and we work hard as a group to nurture growth mindsets in company and personal goals.

About This Position

Accion Systems Inc. is looking for a Propulsion Engineer to help design its next generation of electric propulsion systems. The engineer will leverage their experience designing technologies for space, working with small-scale thermofluid systems, and creating tightly integrated electro-mechanical assemblies to develop a revolutionary product. They will define and lead design projects, directly contribute to the full engineering lifecyle: design & analysis, prototyping & assembly, and test planning & execution.

The ideal candidate will have experience developing electric or chemical propulsion systems and a strong background in mechanical design, heat transfer, and fluid systems.

Key Responsibilities

    • Design elements of Accion’s electrospray propulsion products, including thrusters, propellant supply systems, electronics interfaces, and ground support equipment
    • Design small-scale, multi-phase thermofluid systems, as well as mechanisms and structural elements
    • Perform trade studies to determine design decisions and select subsystem components such as valves, flow restrictors, actuators, and sensors
    • Rapidly prototype concepts in an R&D laboratory environment, and practice an iterative design process
    • Transition concepts from R&D to Product, and uphold a Design for Manufacturability (DFM) philosophy
    • Acquire test data using tools like LabView and analyze it using tools like Matlab or Python
    • Define design requirements and lead the execution of design projects
    • Create test plans and lead testing campaigns, working closing with other engineers and technicians

    • 5+ years experience in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or similar
    • Strong background in thermofluid systems and mechanical design
    • Previous experience developing systems for space or for a similar harsh/regulated environment such as underwater or airborne
    • Previous experience designing complex electro-mechanical assemblies
    • Proficiency using a mechanical design tool like SolidWorks
    • Experience doing heat transfer, structural, and/or vibration Finite Element Analysis (FEA), using a tool like ANSYS or COMSOL
    • Strong technical project management skills
    • Strong communication and documentation skills; ability to clearly convey technical concepts to a lay audience
    • Experience planning for, and executing, testing of prototypes in a laboratory environment
    • Experience modeling physical systems using Matlab, Python, or similar
    • Ability to excel in a fast-paced, R&D environment

Desired Competencies

    • Electric or chemical propulsion experience
    • Microfluidics experience
    • Experience with vacuum chambers
    • Experience with space industry standard testing (vibe and TVAC, for example, as well as the nuances of acceptance and qualification testing)
    • Experience with other (non-propulsion) spacecraft/satellite subsystems
The position is full-time, on-site, and available to be filled immediately.
 
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., or protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).
 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other protected factor.