Senior Structural Analyst - Spacecraft

Englewood, Colorado
R&D /
Full-time (Regular) /
ispace, inc. is a global lunar resource development company with the vision, “Expand our Planet. Expand our Future.” specializing in designing and building lunar landers and rovers. ispace aims to extend the sphere of human life into space and create a sustainable world by providing high-frequency, low-cost transportation services to the Moon. The company has offices in Japan, Luxembourg, and the United States and is growing rapidly.  ispace Technologies U.S., based in Englewood, Colorado, focuses on high-capacity payload lunar landers.

With locations in the U.S., Japan, and Europe, ispace is positioned to be a global leader in the exploration and development of the moon. Let's go to the moon together! Our team is growing, and we are actively looking for great people to join the ispace mission.

ispace Technologies, U.S. is seeking a highly motivated and talented Senior Structural Analyst.

Key Responsibilities:

    • Conduct structural analysis for lunar lander systems in a rapid development environment.
    • Create finite element models (FEM) from scratch while working with other members of the structures team to iterate designs which result in positive component qualification margins.
    • Develop test plans including component and system level static tests and dynamic tests (ie. random vibration, shock and/or acoustics).
    • Validate analytical models with application of industry standard first principles and hand calculations.
    • Develop customized tools to expedite finite element analysis (FEA) post processing per NASA and aerospace industry standards.
    • Thoroughly document analyses in terms of key assumptions, methods, and conclusions
    • Collaborate with members of other departmental teams, such as systems engineering, quality, assembly, integration and test.
    • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills/Experience

    • 10+ years of aerospace industry experience, ideally embedded in spacecraft development programs.
    • Experience with Nastran.
    • Experience with structural dynamics and strength analysis.
    • Knowledgeable of composite materials and analysis
    • Knowledgeable about mechanical design, material selection, and fabrication processes for spaceflight hardware.
    • Knowledgeable about environmental testing and correlation efforts.
    • Experience with dynamic analysis including random vibration, acoustics, and shock.
    • Proven track record building analytical models, processing data, and documenting associated results in support of design validation and system verification plans.
    • Familiarity with project management tools, including Atlassian.
    • Bachelor's degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering. Will consider an equivalent combination of relevant education

Desired Skills/Experience:

    • Master's degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering. Will consider an equivalent combination of relevant education
    • Experience in spacecraft development programs.
    • Coupled loads analysis (CLA) experience.
    • Proficiency in Simcenter 3D (NX CAE), Nastran, Matlab, and Wave6.
    • Direct dynamic testing experience at both the component and the assembly level.
    • Experience with common industry standards for spacecraft environmental design and testing including, but not limited to, NASA-STD-5001, NASA-STD-5017, NASA-STD-5020, GSFC-STD-7000b and SMC-S-016

Additional Requirements:

    • Ability to work in a fast-paced design and development environment
    • Schedule may vary depending on program development needs; flexibility required
    • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required


    • Competitive base salary starting at $155k+ based on skills and experience. The salary posted is a targeted budget of the position.  Base compensation can be negotiated and will be commensurate with experience, skills, education, and training.
    • Equity/Stock options 
    • Medical/vision/dental health benefits (Some 100% company paid options available for employee only) 
    • Hybrid work schedule
    • Company-paid public transportation on RTD buses and light rail (RTD EcoPass) 
    • Paid vacation (18 days), Sick days (6 days), Holidays (14 paid holidays)
    • 401(k)
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  

ispace is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with ispace is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.
Eligible candidates must be willing to undergo and successfully complete a criminal background screening prior to hire.
ispace Technologies, US, Inc. is a drug-free workplace.
ispace Technologies, US, Inc. participates in the E-Verify program.