Electrical Engineer – High Voltage DC Power


MOMENTUS, Santa Clara, CA, USA

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The Electrical Engineer will participate in both flight spacecraft system development and research projects in collaboration with science and engineering staff. This is a hands-on role that requires theoretical understanding and practical application of power electronics, high frequency switching systems, high voltage systems, circuit design, rapid prototyping, and related disciplines. The ideal candidate has 4 plus years of high voltage (kV) design and development experience and an Electrical Engineering BS, MS, or PhD. Prior experience with space applications preferred.

Key Responsibilities

Specify, architect, design, and develop innovative analog and mixed-signal electronic systems, especially high voltage DC power electronics systems.
Design high power (1kW+) multi-kV power supplies with focus on safety, reliability, high efficiency, and robustness for a space environment
Work closely with external magnetics vendors on transformer design
Board bring up, testing, and debugging of power supply hardware
Produce system level, sub-system level, and block level design including circuit architecture, circuit element selection, circuit and sub-system simulations.
Develop and use mixed-signal behavioral models and behavioral simulation techniques and tools to verify sub-system and system functionality and performance.
Contribute to package selection/evaluation and validation of board and packaging design.
Create validation plans and scripts, and collect and assess validation results.
Support cross-functional teams including digital design, product engineering, test engineering, and production engineering
Create clear and thorough documentation of design and product development activities to ensure high quality designs and to support dissemination of important design information to cross-functional teams

Education & Work Experience
Minimum BS plus 4 years experience in high voltage DC power supply design,
Preferred BS, MS, or PhD in Electrical Engineering plus 8 years analog and power electronics design and verification experience

Desired Skills

Experience in high voltage DC-DC power supply design for multi-kV systems.
Intimate knowledge of major power supply topologies buck, boost, flyback, full bridge boost, and other isolated schemes
Understanding of performance tradeoffs between the different topologies and knowledge of control schemes (voltage mode, current mode, constant-on-time, etc).
Experience with transformer design
Experience with schematic capture and PCB design software (Altium, Cadence Allegro, etc)
Experience preparing and leading major engineering design reviews throughout the development lifecycle with an outward facing role to the customer.Experience in various phases of the aerospace electronics component development cycle.
Knowledge of front-end product development, including generating requirements, mechanical and thermal packaging, analog and digital design, and transition to production
Working knowledge of electronic component qualification requirements, including EMI/EMC and survivability.
Electrical circuit simulation (ORCAD, PSPICE, LTSPICE)
Electrical circuit analysis
High reliability electronics development
Prior spacecraft electrical engineering experience, especially high voltage systems
Working knowledge of electronics product acceptance test methodologies and special test equipment.
Strong technical communication skills and prior experience working with multi-disciplinary teams
Good written and verbal communication skills.
Experience adapting and modifying ground based COTS system for space qualification is a big plus

Key features of the job include

High level of empowerment and autonomy to build, test and fly hardware in under a year from concept to flight based on proprietary technology
Stock options in a highly valued venture funded startup
Membership in a dynamic team of gifted and intellectually diverse professionals
Excellent benefits and bonus structures

Salary and option compensation is commensurate with experience and training and competitive with Series A level Silicon Valley space startups but with exceptionally good benefits. This is a full time position in Santa Clara California.This position requires access to export-controlled commodities, technical data, technology, software, and services. U.S. citizenship, U.S. legal permanent resident status, protected person status under 8 U.S.C. Â1324b(a)(3), or U.S. Government export authorization is required.