Spacecraft Structural Analysis Engineer


This position will lead the structural 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 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 loads, dynamic and stress analyses for spacecraft applications, including launch vehicle induced loads and environments. This effort supports 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
  • Support preliminary design including trade studies, material, component and manufacturing process selection
  • Support detailed design of spacecraft components for thermal and structural performance
  • Perform 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
  • Support of hardware assembly, integration, testing and qualification efforts


  • Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
  • Three or more years’ experience in aerospace structural analysis
  • Three or more years’ finite element analysis experience
  • Experience with dynamic analysis for both low and high frequency loads and environments
  • Experience supporting manufacturing processes and test activities
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills


  • Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering or a related field
  • Analysis 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, VA One and NASTRAN experience
  • Small spacecraft and/or lander development, launch vehicle integration and test support