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Senior Propulsion/Fluids Systems Analyst



Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2023

Vast was founded to expand humanity's frontier into the solar system and beyond. We believe that the next step on that journey is enabling manufacturing and habitation in LEO. We are building artificial gravity space stations to make this a reality. If you want to join a team that builds amazing things with the most talented people on Earth, please reach out.

We are developing propulsion, life support and thermal control systems for use in Low Earth Orbit. We expect these fluid systems to require a variety of analysis to design and eventually certify the vehicles for human-rated use.


  • MethaGox Thrust Chamber analysis to include CFD modeling of film cooling for different sizes of RCS thrusters.
  • Life support system analysis to include CFD of air distribution systems and cabin air volumes
  • Planning and participating in test campaigns, and anchoring analysis with test data
  • Creating and reviewing system models of pressure fed systems and associated tank, valve and line sizing for Propulsion, Life Support and Thermal Control Systems
  • Efficiently developing analysis models with commercially available CFD programs
  • Developing and teaching to other engineers best practices in analysis
  • Presenting analysis for NASA or other certification programs

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or equivalent
  • 5+ years experience with CFD software packages in industry: Star-CCM+, Fluent, or equivalent
  • 5+ years experience with thermo-hydraulic analysis software packages in industry: SINDA/FLUINT, GFSSP, or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with structural analysis packages in industry: NASRAN, Ansys, or equivalent
  • Prior experience with space hardware in a fast-paced manufacturing setting
  • Master's or terminal degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or equivalent
  • Leadership experience on an engineering or project team
  • Establishing analysis best practices and methodologies
  • Completion of certification effort for flight hardware
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.
Vast is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Vast is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.