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PDS Tech Inc Thermal Engineer in Mojave, California

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Working across programs, with a focus on the XL-1 lunar lander for the 2022 south pole mission. Other projects will include rocket engine R&D and plume effects research

  • Performing design and analysis of the XL-1 spacecraft thermal systems

  • Detailed analysis of customer payload thermal environments

  • Providing mentorship and guidance to less experienced technical team members

  • Lead the thermal team - manage thermal priorities and tasks across the team

  • Coordinate with other spacecraft subsystems and customers regarding thermal design

  • Must be able to adapt and thrive in a dynamic and highly technical environment

  • Will have a large impact on many programs, especially the lunar mission

Professional Requirements:

  • Several years experience in spacecraft thermal engineering

  • Innovative and open to helping create a Cislunar economy - passionate about space

  • Must be a “U.S. person” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Experience with Thermal Desktop

  • Understanding of spacecraft thermal environments, especially radiation

  • Experience modeling thermal effects to determine shielding requirements on spacecraft from RCS thrusters and rocket plumes

  • Experience designing spacecraft active and passive cooling systems including radiators and MLI

  • An understanding of thermal environments on the lunar surface

  • Understands what is needed for high quality spaceflight systems - and also what is not needed

  • Experience with the complete lifecycle of spacecraft development: design, build, test, and fly

  • Experience with startups or new space companies

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

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