Thermal Engineer - Advanced Development Programs

Pittsburgh, PA

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world.  The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals.  The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications.  Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining.  Astrobotic’s headquarters is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a second location in Mojave, California.

Astrobotic wants you to join the Landers & Spacecraft (L&S) Advanced Programs team which is responsible for leading efforts around research & development (R&D), and bid & proposals (B&P), and the chief engineer’s (CE) office. The team will focal efforts to architect new landers and spacecraft. The team investigates increasing technology readiness levels (TRL) of components, sub-assemblies, and/or systems. The team also acts as an independent reviewer for existing programs during milestone reviews, emergent issues, review boards, etc. You will internally communicate with other AD team members, L&S sub-systems, and other Astrobotic departments. You will externally communicate with customers, partners, and suppliers. 

Note: This position may be filled at multiple levels; I, II, Senior, Principal, etc. depending on the candidate’s experience.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop novel fluid systems and components for thermal control of new spacecraft
  • Perform first order, 1-D, FEA, and/or CFD analysis to predict system performance
  • Develop and review CAD files of thermal components and spacecraft layouts
  • Hands on fabrication, assembly, and testing of mockups and prototypes
  • Develop trade studies to support technical, business, and/or programmatic actions and decisions
  • Lead and/or contribute to programmatic topics such as schedules, resourcing, and budgets estimations
  • Support the development of technical proposals for R&D or mission opportunities
  • Communicate with multiple engineering disciplines, partners, customers, and vendors to resolve technical risks and challenges

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or similar related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: thermal, propulsion, and/or integration & testing (I&T)
  • CAD and lifecycle management tools (SolidWorks, SpaceClaim, and Teamcenter preferred)
  • Familiarity with designing, analyzing, or testing thermal control systems (heaters, sensors, radiators, multi-layer insulation (MLI), coatings, active cooling systems, etc.)
  • Experience testing pressurized fluid and gas systems, including proof, burst, and performance characterization
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills and able to self-start with minimal guidance
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with changing needs and requirements

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or similar related fields
  • 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis (FEA, Thermal Desktop and ANSYS preferred)
  • Experience with Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD, ANSYS Fluent preferred)
  • Knowledgeable of range safety requirements and compliance
  • Experience working with external customers such as commercial companies and government agencies (NASA, AFRL, DARPA, etc.)
  • Eligibility to obtain and hold a U.S. security clearance

Salary Range: $90,000 - $150,000

The base salary range represents the low and high end of the anticipated salary range for this position. The actual base salary offered for this position will depend on numerous factors including individual performance, business objectives, and the candidates professional experience.  Base salary is just one component of Astrobotic’s competitive total rewards strategy.

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.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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