Senior Systems Engineer

Accion Systems

Boston, MA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: IT
  • Post Date: 04/02/2021
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  • Company Address: 529 Main Street Suite 114, Boston, MA, 02129

About Accion Systems

Accion Systems is pioneering scalable electric propulsion technology that will completely transform what spacecraft can do in and beyond Earth's orbit.

Job Description

Accion Systems Inc. is looking for a dynamic and growth-oriented Sr. Systems Engineer to contribute to the development of Accion’s space propulsion products. This engineer is expected to interface with customers and lead the integration of Accion’s products onto a variety of spacecraft and missions. Additionally, the engineer is expected to provide cross-disciplinary technical leadership to program teams and directly contribute to the development of revolutionary electrospray propulsion systems while managing the integration of complex mechanical, electrical, software, and fluid systems.
The ideal candidate will have a multi-disciplinary background and experience developing space systems. They will have a balance of breadth across all engineering disciplines, and depth in select areas such as: propulsion systems, mechanical or electrical design, satellite operations, thermofluids, data analysis. The candidate will develop interdisciplinary requirements and bridge the gap between hardware and software teams to ensure they are met. As customer coordination is key for this role, the ideal candidate will be highly skilled in customer management. This includes reviews and meetings, documentation, and interface coordination.

Key Responsibilities:

    • Coordinating and planning for in-space operations.
    • Serving as main point of contact for customers wanting to expand their space mobility capabilities with Accion’s thrusters.
    • Leading integration of Accion’s thrusters onto customer spacecraft.
    • Serving as a Project Engineer on development and product application programs, coordinating technical development and leading integration of mechanical, electrical, software, and fluid systems.
    • Developing system architectures, conducting trade studies to determine design decisions, and leading failure analyses.
    • Defining system-level requirements, tracking them throughout a program, and ensuring that they are verified through testing
    • Developing Interface Control Documents (ICDs) and Propulsion System User Guides.
    • Analyzing spacecraft propulsion needs and modeling the performance of Accion’s products.
    • Supporting technical business development activities.

Required Competencies:

    • Strong background in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or similar.
    • 5+ years of work experience.
    • Knowledge of spacecraft/satellite needs and requirements.
    • Strong hands-on skills in any area, including small hand tools, machining, soldering, test equipment operation. (Note: this position does not require lab work, but requires a strong understanding of it)
    • Previous experience developing systems for space or for a similar harsh and/or regulated environment (i.e. underwater, airborne, medical devices).
    • Strong technical project management skills.
    • Strong communication and documentation skills; ability to clearly convey technical concepts to a lay audience.
    • Previous experience integrating complex electro-mechanical systems.
    • Experience planning for, and executing, testing of prototypes.
    • Ability to excel in a fast-paced, R&D environment.

Desired Skills and Experience:

    • Experience designing and analyzing space systems.
    • Experience with space system test sequences (acceptance, qualification, etc.).
    • Experience with spacecraft/satellite mission planning and/or operations.
    • Electric or chemical space propulsion experience.
    • Experience modeling physical systems using Python, Matlab, or similar.
    • Orbital, Electromagnetic, thermal, structural, FEA analysis experience using tools such as ANSYS, COMSOL, Thermal Desktop, STK, etc.
    • SolidWorks and Altium Designer proficiency.
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., or protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other protected factor.

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