Senior/Staff Propulsion Systems Engineer

Senior/Staff Propulsion Systems Engineer
Location: Seattle – Onsite
Salary: $120,000 – $170,000, Depending on Experience

We are working with a state of the art, low-earth-orbit small satellite manufacturer based in the Seattle area, who are looking for an engineer experienced in propulsion systems to join their team.

Our client is focused on scaling development and production of small-sat constellations, while lowering costs and increasing capabilities on-orbit.  In the next year, they will be launching two new satellite buses capable of performing demanding missions across commercial and government programs.

They are looking for a Senior or Staff-level Propulsion Systems Engineer, who will lead efforts in designing, developing, and delivering electric propulsion solutions for commercial spacecraft.  This will be a unique opportunity for a high-scope position as the team builds satellites at scale across a variety of critical programs.  They’ll be looking for someone passionate about propulsion engineering and spacecraft systems, and someone who can work in an agile, dynamic, and collaborative environment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Perform analyses pertaining to spacecraft systems engineering and spacecraft propulsion activities such as deorbit analysis, orbit maintenance, collision avoidance, orbit phasing, etc…
  • Perform test, verification, and validation activities for propulsion sub-systems and components
  • Support design of propulsion sub-systems and components
  • Work within systems engineering and other engineering disciplines to tackle complex problems
  • Develop requirements and specifications for spacecraft subsystems and components
  • Develop and maintain configuration control documentation for spacecraft subsystems and components
  • Derive, write, and maintain requirements pertaining to spacecraft and spacecraft propulsion sub-systems and components

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or similar discipline
  • Over 6 years’ of related work experience, including over 4 years working with electric or chemical propulsion systems,
  • Over 4 years’ in Systems Engineering or adjacent to systems engineering.
  • Previous experience with spacecraft component design, fabrication, integration, and test

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with:
    • Spacecraft orbital dynamics and propulsion analyses
    • Commercial propulsion offerings for various classes of spacecraft
    • Regulatory requirements pertaining to spacecraft orbit maintenance and deorbit
    • Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) tools and approach
  • Applied experience deriving technical requirements and writing and maintaining specifications
  • Experience making and maintaining spacecraft technical budgets including Delta-V budgets
  • Experience in verification, validation, and testing of electric propulsion systems

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Total Compensation: Base Salary, plus Performance bonus Up to 10%
  • Employer-paid Medical, Dental, Vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability.
  • 401(k) – Match 50% of contributions, up to 6% of base salary.
  • Supplemental paid parental leave
  • Paid Time Off and Flexible Schedule: You may accrue 156 hours of paid time off per year, in addition to 8 company holidays.
  • 9/80 Schedule

Export Control Requirement:

Due to applicable export control laws and regulations, all candidates must be a U.S. Person (U.S. Citizen or National U.S. Permanent Resident, or lawfully admitted into the U.W. as a refugee or granted asylum)


GNC Engineer

In this role, you'll contribute to developing flight algorithms for autonomous satellite guidance during rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking (RPOD). Your responsibilities range from software development to testing, ensuring high performance and reliability.


  • 5+ years of aerospace engineering experience, with at least 3 years in GNC.
  • Proven track record in developing flight algorithms for complex systems.
  • Proficiency in astrodynamics and satellite guidance/control.
  • Strong programming skills in Python and/or C/C++.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Aerospace, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering.
  • US citizenship, permanent residency, or designated refugee/asylee status required.
  • Location: Tukwila, Washington.
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic startup environment.

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