Systems Engineer at Accion Systems
Boston, MA, US / Charlestown, MA, US

About This Position

Accion Systems Inc. is looking for a Systems Engineer to perform top-level design of Accion’s space propulsion products and lead the integration of complex mechanical, electrical, software, and fluid systems. The engineer is expected to provide cross-disciplinary technical leadership to program teams and directly contribute to the development of revolutionary electrospray propulsion systems across the full engineering lifecyle: design & analysis, prototyping & assembly, and testing planning & execution.

The ideal candidate will have a multi-disciplinary background and experience developing space systems. They will have a balance of breadth across all engineering disciplines, and depth in select areas such as: propulsion systems, mechanical or electrical design, satellite operations, thermofluids, data analysis. The candidate will develop interdisciplinary requirements and bridge the gap between hardware and software teams to ensure they are met. 

Key Responsibilities:

System-level design of Accion’s electrospray propulsion products

Serving as a Project Engineer on programs, coordinating technical development, and leading integration of mechanical, electrical, software, and fluid systems.

Conducting trade studies to determine design decisions and selecting subsystem components

Analyzing spacecraft propulsion needs and modeling the performance of Accion’s products

Defining system-level requirements, tracking them throughout a program, and ensuring that they are verified through testing

Developing Interface Control Documents (ICDs) and Propulsion System User Guides

Defining, reviewing, and executing test plans

Participating in design reviews and conducting failure analyses

Coordinating, and planning for, in-space operations

Required Competencies:

Strong Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or similar background

General, high-level knowledge of spacecraft/satellite needs and requirements

Previous experience developing systems for space or for a similar harsh and/or regulated environment (i.e. underwater, airborne, medical devices)

Strong technical project management skills

Strong communication and documentation skills; ability to clearly convey technical concepts to a lay audience

Previous experience integrating complex electro-mechanical systems

Experience planning for, and executing, testing of prototypes

Ability to excel in a fast-paced, R&D environment

Experience modeling physical systems using Python, Matlab, or similar


Experience designing and analyzing space systems

Electric or chemical propulsion experience

Experience doing heat transfer, structural, and/or vibration Finite Element Analysis (FEA), using a tool like ANSYS or COMSOL

Experience with space system test sequences (acceptance, qualification, etc.)

Experience with spacecraft/satellite mission planning and/or operations

SolidWorks proficiency 

The position is full-time, on-site, and available to be filled immediately.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., or protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other protected factor.