👷 Principal Systems Engineer, Neutron Propulsion

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Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Our team is 500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly and we are action-oriented.

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Neutron is a medium lift launch vehicle capable of delivering the mega constellations of tomorrow, high assurance payloads and human spaceflight. As a highly reusable launch platform, Neutron will deliver a highly cost-effective and reliable launch solution leveraging Rocket Lab’s proven execution history with the Electron program.

We are rapidly growing our team at all sites globally to develop and get a vehicle to the pad in 2024. If you want to join a high performing team, pushing the boundaries with a clean sheet development of re-usable liquid launch vehicle, this is your opportunity.

As the Principal Systems Engineer for Neutron Propulsion you are responsible for guiding multi-disciplinary teams to ensure the propulsion system meets functional, performance and safety requirements. You will be the focal point aligning requirements, operational specifications and test parameters between engine sub-systems and the rest of the launch vehicle.

Developing a propulsion type system in a fast-paced environment with a successful outcome is important experience to bring to this role. Ongoing flexibility to reach a successful verification of the final product from evolving requirements will be needed.


  • Background in aerospace development projects (10+ years)
  • Proven track record of methodical communication and managing technical requirements and specifications
  • System operating knowledge with cryogenic liquid and hot gas fluid flows through mechanical systems with ancillary electrical systems
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of propulsion systems and componentry including valves, sensor types, signals and uncertainties in system function

Important Information:
To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA 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

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

United States, Long Beach, California

Posted 15d ago