Electrical Power Engineer or Experimental Physicist

Electrical Power Engineer or Experimental Physicist
(emphasis in radiofrequency power)

Ad Astra Rocket Company
141 W. Bay Area Blvd., Webster TX 77598

Ad Astra Rocket Company is looking for a full-time Electrical Power Engineer or qualified Experimental Physicist for its Webster, TX location. Candidates must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents and must have demonstrated the ability to work as a member of a diverse and multidisciplinary team. The position requires organization, attention to detail, motivation, and ability to address a diverse set of tasks with diligence, efficiency and enthusiasm. The R&D nature of Ad Astra’s operation calls for a great deal of creativity and flexibility solving engineering problems. Collaboration and teamwork are essential attributes in a small research team environment with a collective approach to problem-solving.

Qualified applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • BS in EE, Physics or other equivalent degree or higher
  • More than three years of experience, preferably working in a Radio Frequency Power development environment
  • Thorough familiarity with RF circuits and Smith Chart
  • Knowledge of specialized tools and methods related to Radio Frequency design and test
  • Analog circuits understanding
  • Schematic capture software experience. Able to read and create new schematics for electrical systems and maintain old schematics using various software programs
  • Hands-on experience with hand tools
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must provide 2 references from previous employers
  • Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail and Google calendar
  • Thorough familiarity with best engineering practices for aerospace grounding and shielding of wire harnesses etc.


Additional desired skills:

  • Labview experience
  • Matlab experience
  • Soldering experience
  • Digital and/or FPGA experience
  • Printed circuit board (PCB) layout
  • General familiarity with PCB assembly design tools, methods, quality standards and relevant documentation
  • Experience working with or around laboratory plasmas
  • Design experience for vacuum systems and the space environment
  • Demonstrate proficiency in LabVIEW or willingness to learn quickly
  • Integrate measuring instruments such as sensors and displays into instrumentation control system


Physical Requirements

  •  Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. (i.e. instruments, books, equipment, small devices, and supplies)
  • Ability to stand or be seated for long periods of time
  • Stooping, reaching, climbing, working on a ladder and bending may be periodically required


Personal Qualifications

Qualified applicants must be professional and positive and possess a can-do attitude. They must be self-motivated, self-directed, self-organized, ready to be of service and have the ability to take initiative in a less structured work environment. At the same time the individual must have strong leadership skills and adapt to last minute changes and/or complex situations as well as perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly; he or she must have excellent attention to detail and be able to work well with a team in a high-stress and fast-paced environment.

Key Responsibilities

The applicant will be required to Install, maintain, tune and test high power laboratory radio frequency (RF) equipment. He or she will be required to design integrating elements of the company’s high-power RF systems and oversee their fabrication and test. The incumbent will be required to become familiar and support all laboratory equipment and instrumentation operations and contribute to the development of high power (> 10 kW) radio frequency driven plasma devices for the space environment.

General Aspects of the Position

The applicant will be expected to help in providing innovative solutions to the company’s research and development efforts on high-power RF-driven plasma rockets and associated technologies, including arc protection methods, design new or modify existing RF matching circuits and learn to work with state-of-the-art solid-state RF hardware. He or she will be expected to work closely or, in some cases, lead elements of a design team. The work environment will be highly integrated and cross-disciplinary, calling for coordinated work with other team members developing electrical, mechanical and software modules as well as project managers, suppliers and contract manufacturers during design and delivery of prototypes and custom equipment. The R&D efforts are aimed to the development of prototype hardware with the intention for product development.

The team, however, is very informal, family-like and collegial in its interactions. We thrive on mutual respect and professionalism. We are passionate about our mission and believe deeply in the value of our work and the technology we are creating.

Credentials & Experience

Familiarity with processes and systems related to product lifecycle and product data management would be considered an asset. In addition, spaceflight or aircraft hardware experience is highly desirable. Successful applicants must show experience with grounding/bonding and EMI/EMC and the ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks. In addition, the R&D activities of the company require for all personnel to be familiar and compliant with the requirements of the US International Trade in Arms Regulation (ITAR).

About Ad Astra

Ad Astra Rocket Company (Ad Astra) is a small US R&D company dedicated to the development of advanced plasma rocket technology for in-space transportation. The company headquarters and main laboratory are located in the city of Webster, TX, about 25 miles south of downtown Houston. Ad Astra also owns and operates a small subsidiary, located in northwestern Costa Rica and primarily focused on developing and implementing clean energy solutions for both, stationary and mobile applications.

If interested, please contact: aarcjobs@adastrarocket.com or 281-526-0550.


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