Thermal Subsystem Lead

Lead Thermal Engineer – Denver


EVONA is seeking a Lead Thermal Engineer to join a rapidly growing Spacecraft development company based in Denver.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead/coordinate the work of engineers involved in thermal control hardware design and operation
  • Work closely with the Thermal Analysis Lead to ensure design closure of the Thermal Control Subsystem of the vehicle
  • Accountable for the thermal control hardware design
  • Present thermal design and statuses at internal and customer meetings and reviews
  • Ensure mechanical and interface control drawings for thermal control hardware are produced according to program schedule and requirements
  • Coordinate procurement of thermal control hardware in line with program schedule
  • Involved in the management of the thermal control hardware budget
  • Coordinate testing and instrumentation of thermal control hardware in component, sub-system, and/or vehicle level testing in cooperation with the Thermal Analysis Lead and Test Group Lead.
  • Responsible for the tracking of thermal control hardware
  • Inspect installed engineering unit and flight unit thermal control hardware for compliance with drawings and requirements


Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience working with spacecraft Active and Passive Thermal Control Hardware including coatings, multi-layer insulation, pumped fluid loop systems, radiators, heat spreaders/straps, thermal isolation and heaters
  • Experience making mechanical and interface control drawings
  • Expert level ability with SolidWorks and/or Creo
  • Experience with hardware procurement and testing
  • Experience designing to requirements
  • Experience with component testing and mechanical requirements verification
  • Strong familiarity with radiative and conductive heat transfer principles in space environments
  • Strong familiarity with pumped fluid loop system performance in space environments
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Thermo-fluids Engineering


If this position sounds like something you'd be interested in, please apply to the advert or, reach out to Matt Mallorie at [email protected]

Lead Autonomy Engineer

Join our team where we're at the forefront of space robotics, pioneering the future of lunar exploration! We're on the lookout for an exceptional Autonomy Software Lead to spearhead the development of innovative autonomous navigation solutions for lunar rovers.

In this pivotal role, you'll take charge of the autonomy software system, ensuring its cohesiveness, effectiveness, and cutting-edge innovation. You'll be the driving force behind integrating various systems into a state-of-the-art autonomous navigation system, propelling our lunar exploration efforts to new heights.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the development and seamless integration of autonomy software for lunar rovers, ensuring a cohesive and innovative solution for autonomous navigation and operations.
  • Providing guidance and support to the Localization & Perception and Guidance & Planning engineering teams, fostering collaboration to achieve overarching system goals.
  • Overseeing the design, development, and rigorous testing of advanced autonomy algorithms, sensor fusion techniques, and navigation systems tailored specifically for lunar surface operations.
  • Ensuring that the autonomy software meets the stringent requirements for space exploration, including reliability, safety, and optimal performance in extreme lunar environments.
  • Spearheading cross-disciplinary collaboration by closely collaborating with mechanical, electrical, thermal, and systems engineering teams to seamlessly integrate autonomy software with rover hardware.
  • Advocating for the adoption of industry best practices in software development and system design, while maintaining the highest standards of quality and innovation.
  • Keeping abreast of the latest advancements in robotics, autonomy, and space exploration technologies, and leveraging new findings to enhance the capabilities of our lunar rover systems.
  • Mentoring and nurturing a team of autonomy software engineers, fostering their professional growth and building their expertise within the organization.

To excel in this role, you'll need:

  • A Master’s degree or higher in Robotics, Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in autonomous systems development, with a strong focus on robotics and autonomous vehicles.
  • Proven leadership skills, demonstrated through successful management of complex engineering projects and interdisciplinary teams, leading them towards innovative solutions.
  • Deep expertise in programming languages commonly used in robotics and autonomy (such as C++, Python, ROS), along with a solid understanding of machine learning and AI applications in autonomous systems.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • A Ph.D. in a field relevant to robotics or autonomous systems, with research focused on applications in space exploration.
  • A track record of innovation in autonomy space systems, as evidenced by patents, publications, or significant project achievements.
  • Experience with end-to-end development and deployment of autonomy software systems in space exploration missions.
  • Familiarity with Human Rating standards and practices for autonomous systems.