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Sr. Fluid Systems Engineer

Los Angeles, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description
Fluid Systems Engineer

Los Angeles, CA, Full time

About the Company

There are many products that improve the quality of life on Earth that can only be manufactured in space. Our client's goal is to make those products and bring them back down. Ultimately expanding the economic bounds of humankind.

You’ll have the opportunity to work at the intersection of ambition and experience. Their team has deep experience in aerospace and tech. They have honed their crafts in the trenches of major companies. Your work will be valued and evaluated by proven leaders who have chosen to apply their talents to manufacturing in space.

While their vision is big, the steps to get there are technically reasonable and operationally feasible. Their conops are clear and use cases have been proven out over decades of ISS-based research and development.

About this Role

The Senior Fluid Systems Engineer serves as a key member of the payload engineering team to develop an electromechanical fluid platform for manufacturing pharmaceuticals in microgravity. This position will drive electromechanical hardware development including design, analysis, build, and testing at sub and full system levels.

The Senior Fluid Systems Engineer will have significant freedom on the platform design, while driving the full product lifecycle from concept to completion. The role will also work closely with engineers and scientists in the product R&D team to evaluate and optimize the device platform for the intended applications in manufacturing a range of pharmaceutical products.

  • Collaborate cross-functionally with product engineers/scientists and flight hardware engineers (thermal, avionics, software, integration, and test) to conceive of and assess the feasibility of new concepts, reduce risk, and drive towards final hardware design
  • Drive the full development cycle of electromechanical fluid systems to meet defined product requirements. This includes architecture definition, component selection, system design, analysis, testing, qualification, etc.
  • Work closely with scientists and engineers in the R&D team to evaluate and optimize the device platform for the intended pharmaceutical product manufacturing applications
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant technical field with 3-7 years of experience in related applications (e.g., lab equipment, aerospace systems, medical devices, thermal management systems, etc.)
  • Minimum of 2+ years of industry experience in product development and manufacture of fluid systems
  • Excellent 3D CAD skills (ideally NX) and experience translating models to production intent (detailed drawings, work instructions, etc.)
  • Ability to perform appropriate fluid, structural, and thermal analyses to demonstrate that a fluid system design meets requirements (e.g., hand calcs, Excel, Ansys, Femap, Nastran, COMSOL, etc.)
  • Experience developing hardware using a range of manufacturing technologies (e.g., injection molding, machining, laser cutting/engraving, 3D printing, diffusion bonding, etc.) and a range of materials (plastics, metals, glass, etc.)
  • Experience working with electromechanical components including valves, motors, pumps, etc., ideally at small scales
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an aptitude for interdisciplinary technical communication
  • Ability to successfully respond to evolving requirements in a fast-moving organization
  • Excitement about making history at the forefront of both the space and pharmaceutical industries
Preferred Skills
  • Concept to delivery ownership of at least one major electromechanical fluid system
  • Familiarity with medical or scientific hardware development practices (e.g., product ideation and conceptualization, addressing regulation and compliance, verification and validation, risk management, etc.)
  • Familiarity with aerospace hardware development practices (e.g., qualification testing practices, design for typical space environments, cleanliness, etc.)
  • Project management or project leadership experience
  • Experience working with typical pharmaceutical process sensors such as mass, FTIR, or Raman spectrometry or optical microscopy
  • Experience working with cell cultures and/or active pharmaceutical ingredients
  • Experience developing fluid systems capable of moving volumes precise to <0.1 mL
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an aptitude for interdisciplinary communication
  • Exciting team of professionals at the top of their field to working by your side
  • Working in El Segundo, CA - an awesome Southern California beach city with quick access to entertainment and outdoor activities
  • Equity in a fully funded space startup that is about to go through massive growth
  • Company parties and generally a fun atmosphere
  • 401(k)
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Health insurance
  • Lunch and snacks provided on site. Dinners twice a week for those working late.
  • Maternity / Paternity leave
ITAR Requirements

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.

Company Description:

This position is a direct hire, permanent placement for a client of AdAstra.

AdAstra's mission is building thriving teams within elite aerospace organizations.

Our commitment is to curate and close premier talent for our partners, achieved via specialized technical screening, personalized culture assessment, and high-touch candidate engagement. We are motivated to foster boundless team satisfaction and catalyze innovation for future generations, enabling inconceivable technology from Earth, to the stars.

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