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Principle Analysis Engineer

Agile Space

Agile Space

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Company & Mission:

Located in Durango, CO, (Headquarters) and Mount Pleasant, PA (Additive Manufacturing Center) Agile Space Industries, Inc. (AGILE) designs, builds, and tests in-space propulsion systems for satellites and spacecraft. AGILE uses state of the art 3D metal alloy printing techniques to rapidly design, manufacture, and test new engine designs in our purpose-built propulsion test facility. With over a decade of experience testing rocket engines, and engineers who have worked at industry leaders like Blue Origin, SpaceX, NASA, and Rocketdyne, AGILE is a rapidly growing company with many exciting Defense, Civil and Commercial programs.


The Senior Principal Analysis Engineer is a key member of the AGILE team that will need to solve highly complex technical aerospace and mechanical engineering problems. This engineer will have ownership for predicting the performance and reliability of AGILE’s products by applying computational analysis and mathematical modeling.


  • Perform mechanical, thermal, fluid, and structural analysis of AGILE’s hypergolic rocket engines, devices, and systems for use in aerospace applications.
  • Perform detailed design optimization using advanced knowledge and experience in fluid and solid mechanics, aerodynamics, and rocket propulsion.
  • Conduct static, dynamic, and transient analysis of space components and systems to predict performance and margin using computational methods including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA), computational thermal analysis, and multi-physics modeling.
  • Altitude systems are how AGILE simulates the space environment during test. This engineer must apply experience in low pressure (vacuum) and low temperature gas dynamics to analyze and predict performance of the system.
  • Conduct analyses to understand the flow fields in a center body second throat supersonic exhaust diffuser. Predict shock wave behavior and simulate ignition, steady state, and shut down transient characteristics in the test cell. Predict turbulent flow behavior and provide feedback into high altitude system design.
  • Create numerical algorithms to predict performance for a suite of potential future supersonic exhaust diffuser designs to inform technical inputs into new proposals.
  • Model combustion in propulsion systems by coupling reaction kinetics, turbulent flow, thermodynamics, and conjugate heat transfer for performance optimization.
  • Evaluate and find root cause for rocket engine intermittent combustion stability performance issues. Model acoustic behaviors.
  • Provide input to injector design by modeling droplet vaporization, spray patterns, chemical mixing, and combustion of hypergolic propellants.
  • Model hypergolic ignition to demonstrate preignition, thermal ignition, and transient combustion in rocket engines to optimize design.
  • Utilize Agile standard tools such as Solidworks, ANSYS (Thermal, Fluid, Structures), Python, MATLAB, NASA CEA, and Git for multiphysics modeling and computational engineering.
  • Provide technical mentorship, guidance, and training to junior engineers based on expertise in fluid and thermal modeling and analysis.
  • Couple the interaction between mechanical, fluid, and electrical components to develop system engineering models which predict the performance and reliability of AGILE’s propulsion systems for overall design improvement.
  • Analyze and interpret water flow and hot fire experimental data to propose design or process changes.
  • Complete system trade studies by applying knowledge of mechanical, fluid, aerospace, and thermal engineering.
  • Write formal presentations and papers for customer communications and milestone reviews. A typical output is to correlate modeling outcomes with test data and describe technical issues or phenomena.
  • Design effective experiments to optimize design functionality. Experiments will need to be multi-disciplinary in nature.
  • Publish and present AGILE’s research work in aerospace mechanical engineering journals and conferences.


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a highly related concentration. MS +5 years of experience or BS +10 years of experience may be substituted.
  • Knowledge of fluid dynamics, heat transfer, rocket propulsion, thermodynamics, and combustion.
  • Experience in computational modeling techniques such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and Computer Aided Design (CAD).
  • Strong background and knowledge in using ANSYS, SolidWorks, Python, and MATLAB
  • Knowledge of low pressure, low temperature, and microscale systems.

Employment Type: Exempt

Salary: $ 120,000 - $180,000

Salary Range for this position will be determined based on the applicant’s education, experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, and will be compared with internal equity along with market data for this position. This position may be eligible for an annual bonus through the company bonus program. This position may also be eligible to receive a Relocation bonus, payable as a taxable lump sum, in accordance with the Agile Relocation Policy.

Work Schedule: Full Time

Location: Durango, CO or Remote

Close Date: 6/30/2024

Eligibility for bonuses and company equity depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or temporary status. Contact HR for more information on the specific benefits offered.

What You'll Love About Us:

100% of monthly premiums paid by employer for Medical, Dental and Vision for you and your dependents.

Paid Holidays, Paid Flexible Time Off, Sabbatical Leave, Company Sponsored Life and AD&D, Short and Long Term Disability, Paid Maternity/Parental/Adoption Leave

401K contributions match at 4% of your salary, Employee referral program, Learning & Development - allowing employees to explore development opportunities such as peer learning, trainings, certifications, tuition reimbursement, Company get-together and team outings and best of all, working with amazing humans!

We are committed to creating a diverse work environment and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, region, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and underrepresented minorities are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Agile, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Reasonable Accommodation

At AGILE, our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request to hr@agilespaceindustries.com.

The salary ranges provided in this job posting are indicative and may be adjusted for individual candidates commensurate with experience or technical capabilities. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee's salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

AGILE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

  • Please note that if the position is covered by federal international trade regulations, it is a requirement of the position that the individual be eligible to obtain any required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.