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Chemical Propulsion Engineer (Space)

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  • Location

    Oxford, Oxfordshire

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence, Aerospace Mechanical Engineering

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  • Salary:

    Daily rate

  • Contact:

    Andrew Morris

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  • Published:

    7 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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Our client are seeking a Chemical Propulsion Engineer with proven ability in space Propulsion systems design and development.


  • Take responsibility for the chemical propulsion equipment selected for the subsystem, i.e monopropellant/bi-propellant thrusters, liquid propellant tanks, fluidic components and technical follow-up with suppliers for the equipment qualification and procurement.
  • Provide technical input to the design and development of new chemical propulsion subsystems for satellites/product lines. This will include, but not be limited to:
    • Managing the technical requirements specification (URD) for chemical propulsion equipment and interface with the equipment supplier/s
    • Evaluating supplier proposal reviews in TEBs and supporting propulsion equipment definition and selection;
    • Preparing technical documentation for the solution through the different project life cycle milestones & reviews (PDR, CDR, QR etc)
    • Interpreting mission/customer specific and generic system level requirements and establishing baseline technical requirements for the propulsion subsystem
    • Support to propulsion subsystem fluidic analyses and preparation of analysis reports for subsystem PDR/CDR data packs
    • Prepare AIT plans and test requirements for the subsystem.
    • Perform subsystem engineering tasks with support from technical experts in other disciplines (eg Mechanical, thermal, AOCS)
  • Perform ad-hoc additional duties that will arise from time to time that are consistent with the nature of this position


  • Proven ability associated with Space Engineering (such as aerospace/astronautics/mechanical engineering)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state of the art chemical thrusters and associated subsystem architecture (primarily monopropellant hydrazine and bipropellants MON/MMH).
  • Proven ability in design of subsystems using low toxicity or 'Green' alternative propellants, such as HTP, ADN or HAN would be advantageous.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in space projects at different stages of the lifecycle from Phase 0/A to Phase D/E.
  • Collaborating in a multi-discipline and international team environment
  • Proven ability and proficiency in mathematical tools such as Excel/MATLAB.
  • Good working knowledge of the thermodynamic properties of liquid propellants and pressurant gasses.


  • Previous design and test of in-space chemical thrusters, liquid rocket engines or subsystems
  • Systems engineering knowledge - across the "Systems V" - to achieve critical project outcomes to time, cost and quality;
  • Good communication and influencing skills to build productive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders;
  • While specific knowledge of the French and Italian languages is not a prerequisite for this position it would be advantageous to facilitate activities across the organisation.