Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

  • Senior Engineer, Energetics & Propellant Development

    Location US-VA-Culpeper
    Job ID
    Engineering - Other
  • Overview

    Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to its space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile and armaments customers throughout domestic and international markets. We offer a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, and advanced hypersonic propulsion.


    Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking a Senior Energetics and Propellant Development Engineer to join our team in Culpeper, Virginia.

    The Senior Engineer, Energetics and Propellant Development performs assignments requiring a wide 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 Project Lead (Technical Fellow or equivalent) and providing chemical guidance. Specifying chemical testing, evaluation of data, and preparing and presenting reports of results is typical of the job function.

    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    Under limited general direction:

    30% - Evaluate and implement tractable solutions to technical problems 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 Project Lead.

    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 (Master's or PhD preferred) in Chemistry, Material Science or related science and at least 5 years of related technical experience in the chemistry environment (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).

    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.

    U.S. Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (U.S. 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:

    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. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.

    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 be required to utilize a variety of personal protective equipment.


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