Vehicle Design and Product Strategy - Space Vehicle Thermal Engineer

Permanent employee, Full-time · Bordeaux

Your mission
Here at the The Exploration Company we are developing, producing, and operating Nyx, a modular and reusable space orbital vehicle that can eventually be refueled in orbit, and which carries cargo - and potentially humans in the longer run.

For the design of our spacecraft, we are looking for a Space Vehicle Thermal Engineer to contribute to the development, justification and validation of our vehicle. As Thermal Engineer, you will be in charge of the thermal design definition and justification of the vehicles. You will work closely with our mechanical, aerodynamics and CAD engineers to optimize together the vehicle design and performance.

You will be part of the Vehicle Design Team and will report to the Vehicle Design Lead. You will work in close collaboration with mission analysis, GNC and avionics teams.

Your main tasks will be the following:
  • To build the thermal models of the vehicle, with the right level of complexity depending on the maturity and the goals of the study
  • To determine the thermal load cases to be analyzed based on the vehicle trajectory and attitude provided by the mission analysis team for all mission phases
  • For each of these load cases, to compute the thermal environments to be applied to the vehicle (convection under the fairing, post and after fairing jettisonning radiation fluxes, conduction at several interfaces, ...) based on the specified launcher environments and spacecraft subsystems power dissipation budgets
  • To design the vehicle thermal control system to ensure compliance to the system requirements
  • To contribute to the accommodation of the thermal system into the overall vehicle architecture
  • To provide thermal mappings for the mechanical engineering team as an input for the spacecraft thermo-mechanical performance optimization 
  • To define the thermal specifications towards the vehicle sub systems
  • To contribute to the creation and improvement of the thermal analysis tools 
  • To effectively communicate and provide recommendations through the analysis, preparation, and presentation of technical data
  • To write technical documentation and participate to reviews of designed systems
You will perform your duties principally at the Company's premises in Bordeaux and may be required to travel from time to time to our company’s premises in Munich in the course of your duties.
What we would love to see from you
  • Advanced degree (Master of Science or PhD) in mechanical, aerospace or manufacturing engineering, or another related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in aerospace vehicle thermal design
  • Experience with programming (Python, Fortran, Matlab...)
  • Experience with CFD (Fluent or equivalent)
  • Experience with thermal analysis tools (ESATAN, Thermica, Thermal Desktop...)
  • Fluent in English. German and French is an asset

Skills and Behaviours
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizing and prioritization of tasks
  • Positive and flexible attitude to get the job done
  • Demonstrates behaviours consistent with The Exploration Company’s core values of Commitment, Innovation, Trust, Quality and Teamwork
Why you should join us
At The Exploration Company, we are democratizing space exploration i.e., by making it affordable, available, and open. Our high-impact team is driven by competence, impact, and efficiency. We are doers, team players, and problem solvers.  Our culture is driven by technology, learning by doing, and passion for what we do.
Why you should join us
What makes us special here at The Exploration Company and why we think you will enjoy working here is:
  • We’re Agile - we make decisions fast whilst keeping our goals and systems in mind.
  • We’re Open and Collaborative - we are transparent about risks and obstacles, so that we can cooperate together to overcome them.
  • We have a lot of Fun - we refuel our energy knowing we are democracing space. It’s a wonderful and rare opportunity, are YOU up for the challenge?

We'd love to hear from you if you wish to be a part of our journey. Please submit your CV now for immediate consideration and we will be in touch shortly. 

The Exploration Company is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Relocation assistance is provided for those willing to relocate including visa sponsorship where applicable.  
About us
The Exploration Company develops, produces and operates Nyx, a modular and reusable orbital vehicle that can eventually be refuelled in orbit, and which carries cargo - and potentially humans in the longer run.

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