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Do you have a passion to learn and test new ideas? Join our team of Scientists! As a successful Scientist, you will conduct research and development activities, including developing technical documentation for all projects. You will apply fundamental research, standards, and models when conducting experiments and targeted research activities. You will present research results and findings to internal and external customers, and assessing the scope of research projects to ensure projects are on time and within budget. You may also autonomously develop component and system-level design solutions of varying complexity using a combination of engineering work products. In addition, you may review and utilize specifications from various sources to ensure applicable provisions are utilized in detailed design phases.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support various activities for propellant characterization and testing with other tasks as assigned

  • Develop equipment and procedures, perform testing and analysis, and assist in sourcing or overseeing testing at suppliers

  • Assist in maintaining the laboratory environment, supplies/inventory, equipment maintenance and calibrations, and lab procedures

  • Strong knowledge and experience in wet chemical analysis and operation of chemical analysis equipment (such as GC, TXRF, ICP-MS, FTIR, automatic titrators, etc.)

  • Strong knowledge of analytical chemistry, materials science, chemical processes, and chemical equipment

  • Strong knowledge of analytical methods and software packages (such as Minitab, LabView, and comparable)

  • Safely work unsupervised in a chemical laboratory with hazardous materials including rocket propellants, explosives, acids, etc.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Chemical Science, Chemical Engineering, or a related discipline and typicallyย 0-2 or more years of relevant experience

    • Related experience may be considered in lieu of required education
  • Knowledge of scientific principles and practices

  • Experience in designing and conducting scientific experiments

  • Documented record of accomplishments in the relevant field

  • Ability to solve moderate to complex analytical problems and provide solutions that meet technical objectives


  • Experience with rocket propellants and/or explosives

  • Experience designing complicated multivariable experiments, set up and run the experiments, perform detailed statistical analysis of the data and report results

  • Experience designing equipment/test apparatus

  • Knowledge of process safety management (PSM), Hazard Analysis, process piping code, pressure vessel code, NFPA and AMSE codes for chemical processing facilities

  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary design and development teams

  • Background in designing products through all phases and lifecycles while assisting development teams through the various stages of the system and/or software development lifecycle

  • Experience with fabrication and testing of prototypes

  • Ability to develop logical ideas and innovative solutions for product development

  • Create and identify Intellectual Property, including patents and trade secrets

  • Able to maintain DOT hazmat ground shipper certification

  • The ability to pass BATFE background check to obtain explosives manufacturing credentials may be required

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant 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 or U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Salary range: $60,835.00 - $83,648.13

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

As COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities, we are taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 and associated variants pose in the workplace. SNC is committed to supporting our employees while ensuring we continue to meet essential national security needs of our country.

With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, SNC will continue to require COVID-19 vaccination status for all employees including new hires. In accordance with applicable requirements, all current and newly hired employees who are unvaccinated may be required to adhere to enhanced onsite safety protocols including weekly COVID-19 testing, face coverings, and social distancing.ย 

The status of applicable COVID-19 vaccination requirements are subject to change depending on applicable court orders and the course of ongoing litigation. Candidates may later be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved exemption.ย 

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

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Sierra Space
United States, Madison, WI
Posted a year ago
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