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Propulsion & Energetic Material Research Engineer

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Physical Sciences Inc. an employee-owned company located just north of Boston in Andover, MA, is seeking a mechanical, aerospace, chemical, or material science engineer to join a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers, supporting PSI’s Propulsion and Energetics enterprise.  This group is driving innovation in the fields of solid, liquid, and air-breathing propulsion systems, including subsystem and material development.  This scientist / engineer will play a key role in growing a diverse portfolio of technologies funded by the DoD and NASA. The applicant will assist with developing, testing, and scaling-up materials and processes from laboratory to pilot-scale. This position at PSI offers the amenities of New England living with ocean, lakes, mountains, and cities all at a short distance, which is unique within the propulsion and energetics industry.

Candidates should have a strong background and interest in many of the following areas: thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, compressible flows, heat and mass transfer, thermal and mechanical property testing, combustion, chemistry, and chemical kinetics. Required skills include:

  • Experience with basic lab equipment such as gas bottles, regulators, chillers, analytical scales, lab scale-mixers, glassware etc.
  • Experience with design of experiments and statistical analysis.
  • Extensive experience organizing and analyzing data with Excel and presenting data and findings of experiments using PowerPoint
  • Experience with lab analytical equipment, such as DSC, TGA, SEM, UV-vis, GC-MS, NMR, FTIR, bomb calorimetry, or other
  • Experience with Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

A preferred candidate will also have experience some or all the following:

  • Energetic material testing and handling
  • Rocket motor manufacturing and test
  • LabView and setting up pressure transducers and thermocouples
  • Mechanical property testing and analysis
  • Scale-up from laboratory to pilot plant
  • Use of chemical equilibrium models for propulsion and/or explosive applications
  • Evidence that they have worked on multiple projects simultaneously

Work will be performed at PSI’s testing complex in Epping, NH as well as PSI’s headquarters in Andover, MA.

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Chemical, or Material Science Engineering, or equivalent STEM degree is required.

US Citizenship is required.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

For a list of company benefits, visit PSI benefits