Hawthorne, CA, US
SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


Work with brilliant, passionate engineers to tackle difficult problems and push the boundaries of space flight. This is the team that will engineer the materials and processes that will take mankind to Mars and beyond.


Serve as subject matter expert on fatigue crack growth and fracture mechanics
Develop the capabilities and execute mechanical testing and evaluation, including tensile, compression, fracture, creep, and fatigue techniques
Work with materials engineers to assess best in class approaches for mechanical test plans and data analysis
Develop laboratory capabilities and analysis methods to implement
Collaborate with external labs and universities to augment internal capabilities
Develop and operate best in class methods to assess mechanical behavior including cryogenic to high-temperature tensile, fracture and fatigue behavior of metals, composites, and ceramics
Regularly setup and perform mechanical testing alongside lab technicians to ensure timely completion of testing backlog
Gain and maintain NADCAP accreditation for materials mechanical test lab
Ensure all lab testing is performed per applicable ASTM standards

Bachelor’s degree in material science, materials engineering, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, or physics
3+ years of experience in mechanical test setup, execution, data collection, reporting, and analysis
1+ years of experience performing fatigue crack growth and fracture testing and leading sample/data analysis

Master's or doctorate degree in materials science with focus on mechanical test setup and execution per industry specification
Experience/knowledge of ASTM mechanical testing specifications for plastics, metals, composites, and ceramics
Proficiency in mechanical test methods and data analysis for test methods including tensile, compression, fracture, creep, and fatigue testing at cryogenic to high-temperature conditions
Familiarity with torque, bend, shear, stress rupture, and flaring/expansion test methods
Demonstrated track record of success in a laboratory setting in a fast paced and highly competitive environment
Experience applying mechanical testing techniques to support materials and allowables development in addition to regular production testing support
Personality and drive to execute in a scrappy entrepreneurial environment that operates under tight timelines and aggressive schedules
Effective written and interpersonal communication skills
Capable of interacting with and conveying concepts within all levels of our organization
Strong academic foundation coupled with hands on experience

Must be willing to work long hours and weekends as needed
Must be willing to travel as needed

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR HERE.
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Hawthorne, CA, United States