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Spacecraft Structures Lead Engineer


This position will lead the structural design and analysis efforts for ispace’s lunar lander development. ispace is a leading micro-robotics Japanese company with a subsidiary in the United States and another planned in Europe. ispace’s Hakuto rover won the Google XPRIZE mobility milestone award and is a leading contender for the $20M Grand Prize.  ispace’s lunar lander is its next step towards prospecting for, mining and utilizing lunar resources to expand human presence in space.

The ideal candidate will have experience in integrated design and loads, dynamic and stress analyses for spacecraft applications. The effort includes all phases of design of structures and mechanisms, from helping the team define system architecture, to design, analysis, and support of small scale manufacturing and testing.


  • Participate in product definition, specification and requirements phases
  • Preliminary design including trade studies, material, component and manufacturing process selection
  • Detailed design of spacecraft components for thermal and structural performance
  • Finite element analysis for optimizing design, especially for the vibration environment
  • Supporting other engineers' thermal analysis by providing and simplifying 3D models
  • Supporting electrical engineers with mechanical requirements
  • Hardware assembly and integration


  • Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
  • Three or more years designing for manufacturing including 3D modeling and creation of 2D drawings
  • Three or more years’ finite element analysis experience
  • Experience supporting manufacturing processes
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills


  • Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering or a related field
  • Design and simulation using composite materials
  • Specific finite element analysis experience in transient, non-linear problems
  • Specific finite element analysis simulating performance in thermal and vibration environments
  • Solidworks, FEMAP and NASTRAN experience
  • Small spacecraft and/or lander development, launch vehicle integration and test support