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Propulsion Engineer (Energetics Chemistry)

Propulsion Engineer (Energetics Chemistry)

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Engineering - Materials & Processes Engineering

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Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks a Propulsion Engineer/Chemist (engineering production environment) to support the Production Propellant Processing and Improvement area in our Culpeper, Virginia facility.


In this role, you will perform assignments requiring an application of advanced principles, theories and concepts in the propulsion field with a working knowledge of other related disciplines (thermal, structural, ballistics). Responsible for leading (technical), organizing (cost and schedule), and implementing tasks directed by a Technical Manager (Department Manager, Technical Fellow or equivalent) and providing chemical guidance. Specifying chemical testing, evaluation of data, and preparing and presenting reports of results are typical of the job function.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

30% - Evaluate and implement tractable solutions to technical problems in production or during development involving the utilization of chemistry and chemical analysis techniques.


30% - Technically responsible for planning (technical), organizing (cost and schedule), and conducting technical projects covering a broad range of technical topics under the guidance of a Technical Manager.


25% - Develop, plan, and promote projects independently for the implementation of novel technical approaches and cutting edge technologies.


15% - Consolidate results, prepare findings for reports and present results.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Material Science and two (2) years of directly related technical experience in energetic materials, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s or PhD in Chemistry, Material Science or related science discipline with one year of directly related technical experience in the chemistry environment (or equivalent combination of education and experience) preferred. Knowledge of chemical principles, thermodynamics, polymer chemistry, structure/property relationships, kinetics, and data analysis is essential. Experience with energetic materials, statistical analysis, programming and experimental set-up and data acquisition is a plus.


US Citizenship required. Must also be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information, and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.


Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

Work place may include areas where a wide variety of chemical materials are used and stored. May involve potential exposure to variable noise levels. Must customarily have a high consciousness for personnel and equipment safety. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, shop coat, and respirator. Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit or stand and maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require occasional walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.


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