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Lead Propulsion Engineer


Job Description:

I am looking for an experienced Lead Propulsion Engineer to take responsibility for the technical and project leadership pertaining to propulsion systems, fluid control systems or major subsystems on launch vehicle as well as associated ground test benches and GSE.

The Lead Propulsion Engineer supports and develops the team, leads technical delivery and also provides operational support to development and qualification test campaigns ranging from test plan/procedure definition, to test execution and data analysis. Additionally you will work in close, continuous collaboration with other members of the senior leadership team to develop strategy and ensure delivery.

The Position

Core duties and responsibilities of the Lead Propulsion Engineer role include:

  • Being the responsible engineer for a propulsion system or major subsystem, with the goal of delivering complete systems/subsystems in accordance with the development programme plan and specific workstreams.
    * Contribute strategically and operationally to the development programme plan as well as day to day leadership activities.
  • Using high level requirements to establish propulsion systems designs from conceptual level through to detailed designs. This includes establishing and modelling rocket engine cycle designs.
  • Producing propulsion systems analytical/numerical models to be integrated with launch vehicle FES.
    * Conduct part and component level make vs. buy trades.
    * Working with in-house and external production teams to design, produce and integrate flight grade propulsion hardware.
    * Working with in-house teams to facilitate propulsion development test campaigns and qualification testing.
    * Producing and maintaining system/subsystem design documentation.
    * Compiling design review data packages and deliverables production for grant programmes.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of a Masters degree in aerospace engineering or a related field
    * Bi-prop rocket engine propulsion experience, high and low pressure cycle systems preferable
    * Prior experience with Liquid Oxygen fluid systems that you can leverage, hereunder cryogenic propellants, materials compatibility and sealing technology
    * Turbo-machinery operations knowledge and cryogenic experience preferable
    * Designs for cryogenic fluids, including liquid oxygen.
    * Fluid system design software experience, preferably EcosimPro
    * CAD / CFD experience, Solidworks / Ansys preferred
    * Bi-prop/turbo-machinery ground testing and qualification including ground support equipment and test facility design
    * Strong proven knowledge of manufacturing techniques commonly applied in rocket propulsion technology, specific emphasis on additive manufacturing desired.

You will probably have these core attributes:

  • Extensive years of rocket engine, fluid systems and/or turbo-machinery hardware development experience
    * Fluency in use of CAD / CFD techniques to model and analyse fluid systems.
    * Numerical analysis tool (eg. Matlab/Simulink) proficiency.
    * Proven aptitude for core engineering disciplines such as thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, structural analysis etc.
    * Team lead and/or project management experience
    * Strong communication skills in both written and spoken English


You will have:

  • A self-starter mentality with good leadership qualities
    * A flexible and dedicated mindset


This role is based in Copenhagen at the propulsion engineering and manufacturing site.

You will be spending time both at the factory and our nearby rocket engine testing site, with occasional travel to our main factory, test and launch sites in Scotland.

Matchtech acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and employment business for the supply of temporary workers and is part of Gattaca Plc.

Gattaca Plc provides support services to Matchtech and may assist with processing your application.

  • Job Type

    Permanent, Full Time

  • Work Authorisation


  • Industry Sector Other

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