Bipropellant Lead Engineer

Castellon de la Plana, Spain

About Arkadia Space🪐

Arkadia, established in 2020, is a pioneering force in the space industry. We have a clear vision: to make space exploration sustainable, accessible, and innovative. We are an in-space propulsion company, developing and commercializing the most performing chemical systems using green propellants, the real alternative to traditional storable propulsion.

Our headquarters are located in Castellon de la Plana on the Costa Azahar. We operate a 100% privately managed orbital engine Test Center at Castellón Airport, the first of its kind in Europe. This facility provides agility, flexibility and speed for tailored, rapid propulsion developments and for testing of engine prototypes and products.

At Arkadia, we trust in every member of our team as we specialize in developing cutting-edge propulsion systems. Our company culture is built on collaboration, innovation, and personal growth. We offer a friendly and stimulating work environment where you can thrive. We value work-life balance, which is reflected in flexible schedules and ongoing professional development opportunities. If you are seeking an opportunity to contribute to the future of space exploration, apply now and join us on this exciting journey!

👨‍🚀About the Position🛰️

The selected candidate will actively contribute to the development of the company’s portfolio of thrusters for the in-space sector, collaborating closely with key partners within Europe’s space ecosystem and being part of one of Europe’s most inspiring space programs. Furthermore, the candidate will engage in other propulsion-related development activities within Arkadia.

The role demands a high level of autonomy and responsibility, offering direct involvement throughout the entire product lifecycle, from initial concepts to testing, maintaining continuous contact with the hardware as part of an iterative maturation process.

What you'll be doing 

  • Leading the development of future green ACS engines to meet Europe’s space transportation needs
  • Coordinate with the current bipropellant team to scale up the current product of the company
  • Interface with the customer, as main technical responsible
  • Define and validate requirements, interface management
  • Define testing and qualification strategy
  • Development team management
  • Preliminary design tasks, contribution to detailed technical tasks depending on experience
  • Testing data analysis and performance verification

What you'll need 

  • MSc. in aerospace engineering or mechanical engineering.
  • Relevant experience (>5 years) in development of liquid bipropellant thrusters and apogee engines for the space industry
  • Good knowledge of rocket engine design and analysis
  • Experience in AIT of liquid propulsion systems
  • Experience in testing and data analysis
  • Coding experience in math environments (MATLAB/Simulink and/or Python)
  • Experience with FEA / CFD analysis (ANSYS)
  • Proficiency in the English language, both spoken and written, to effectively communicate in an international environment

Nice to have 

  •  Demonstrated project management skills, especially with regards to road mapping and budgeting
  • Experience working on liquid rocket engine developments in agile and fast paced teams, with tight deadlines and with a higher risk approach
  • Knowledge about qualification campaigns definition and execution for commercial products, according to (tailored) ECSS.
  • Experience in CAD modeling (Siemens NX)
  • Fluent in Spanish.

What we Offer

🏢HQ: Castellon de la Plana

🚀 Test facilities: Airport of Castellon, Benlloch

🏠Hybrid working with the possiblity to work remote 8 days per month.

💰Attractive Salary based on experience

💙 The opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects for the development of future propulsion systems, in a multidisciplinary and highly skilled environment.  

🌴23 days of holidays + 14 regional and public holidays

🏋️‍♂️Access to UJI (Universidad Jaume I)  sports facilities as part of the offering to companies in Espaitec (Gym, sports courts, swimming pool etc) at a small yearly fee.

🚚 Relocation support and the option to stay in one of our apartments (subject to availability) during your first month of employment, to help you get settled in a new town

📅 Start date as soon as possible