🌌 Technical Fellow – Deployable Space Systems

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At Sierra Space, we are seeking leaders to guide our vision of a future where humanity lives and works in space, on moons, and on distant planets. People are married, children are born, families are raised, businesses are built, and new civilizations thrive. Sierra Space builds and delivers the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure, offering “space-as-a-service” in support of the new space economy.

Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin, Durham, North Carolina, and Kennedy Space Center, Florida, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space

The Advanced Development organization is a diverse, collaborative team tasked with rapidly creating the next generation of technology, products, and capabilities for Sierra Space. We are hands-on, embrace risk, and move quickly to fly impactful solutions for our customers. The Technical Fellow – Deployable Space Systems provides leadership in the concept, architecture, design, build, verification and validation, and operation of innovative complex deployable structures and systems. 

Recognized as a leader in the field:

  • Subject matter expert for Advanced Programs mechanisms engineering efforts including Conceptual Development, Analysis, Thermal, Structures, Dynamics, and Mechanical Design for advanced Space Vehicle Mechanisms
  • Defines structural, mechanical, environmental design and integration requirements for both flight and non-flight (GSE) hardware
  • Develops concepts of operation and ensures execution of requirements, drawings, analysis, testing, and subsystem integration
  • Leads design and manufacturing integration requirements
  • Leads the development of mechanical, unit, and vehicle qualification and acceptance test plans
  • Supports system level trades to ensure the vehicle design meets all physical, mechanical and environmental requirements
  • Develops technology insertions plans in support of future concepts


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Physics or related discipline and typically 20+  or more years of relevant experience (Mechanical Engineering Preferred)
  • Relevant work experience may substitute for required education
  • Expert knowledge of engineering principles and practices, simulation and modelling, and automation
  • Progressive experience working in multi-disciplinary design and development teams
  • Expert in requirements management, functional requirements parsing, derivation, and allocation; systems design, systems integration, technical risk identification and management strategies, and Verification and Validation (V&V) activities
  • Expert organizational, documentation, and communication skills (written, verbal, and graphical).  
  • Expert in briefing technical subjects to both technical and non-technical people and delivering key messages and insights from analysis products
  • Self-motivated, innovative, and the ability to work with diverse teams developing game changing capabilities
  • Breadth of experience in spaceflight and spacecraft systems, with depth in design, ground test, and flight operations of space mechanisms & deployment systems (Payload bay doors, solar arrays, radiators, robotic manipulator systems, antennas, sun shields, space lubricants, actuators, and locking mechanisms etc.)
  • Understanding space environment interactions with space based deployment systems


  • Demonstrated technical leadership role on multiple successful complex spacecraft deployment systems throughout the lifecycle (concept development, requirements definition, design, development, testing, and operations)
  • Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) experience
  • Expert models, simulations, and automation using software and software languages such as MATLAB, Simulink, Python, Femap, Systems Tool Kit (STK), or C++
  • Experience with software tools such as DOORS, Cameo, Confluence, JIRA, and PLM suites such as Xcelerator, Envovia, and Windchill
  • 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 www.sierraspace.com to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $242,473.33 - $333,400.84

Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

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. 

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. 

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, Louisville, CO
Posted 3 months ago
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