• 25/4/24
  • Ref: 731374

Lead Propulsion Engineer


  • Location Icon Denmark, Copenhagen
  • Work Type Icon Permanent / Full Time

Job Description

The Lead Propulsion Design 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 Design Engineer role include:
  • Being a Technical Authority for the design and development of propulsion systems and major subsystems, with the goal of delivering complete systems/subsystems in accordance with the development programme plan and specific workstreams.
  • 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 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

For the right candidate the offer an excellent benefits package that includes the opportunity to earn an equity stake in the company plus relocation assistance where appropriate. You must be a European citizen, from a country that is a signatory to the MTCR convention. This is a compelling and rare career opportunity.
  • A significant equity stake in the company so you will really benefit from your hard work as the company grows and is successful. 
  • Their roles need to be on-site in Copenhagen due to the nature of the position, export controls and security, but they are happy to sponsor visas for you and your family and provide relocation assistance as required.


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