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Sr. Structures Analyst (Starship)



Texas, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2024

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.


The vehicle engineering team tackles space exploration’s toughest problems through the development of our reusable launch vehicles (Starship, Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy) and spacecraft (HLS, Crew Dragon). Currently, we are responsible for delivering satellites into orbit and cargo to the ISS, these vehicles will be instrumental in extending humanity’s reach to the moon, Mars, and beyond.


  • Develop guidance and structural analysis tools to be used company-wide. Ensure key stakeholders are bought into these methods and tools, and train other engineers on them as needed
  • Perform structural analysis of primary and secondary structures (including finite element modeling and hand calculations)
  • Develop load paths, and conduct preliminary sizing of structures using both metallic and composite materials
  • Work with team to perform rapid conceptual design, analysis, and testing cycles on development hardware (may include CAD modeling, FEA modeling and analysis, and testing oversight as needed)
  • Perform peer review of models, analysis, and tests


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering, math, or physics discipline
  • 5+ years of professional experience in structural analysis with commercial FEA or multi-physics simulation package (e.g. ABAQUS, ANSYS, NASTRAN, etc.)


  • Master’s degree or PhD in an engineering, math, or physics discipline
  • Experience performing structural analysis on primary structures
  • Proficiency with the following FEA solvers: ABAQUS, ANSYS, or Nastran
  • Advanced proficiency with the following pre/post-processors (including scripting): ABAQUS/CAE, ANSA/META, ANSYS, or FEMAP
  • Familiarity with material, geometric, and contact nonlinear analyses
  • Experience doing stress analysis of welded structures (including heat distortion and residual stresses)
  • Excellent understanding of fatigue and fracture mechanics principles and familiarity with fatigue and crack growth analysis codes, such as nCode, NASGRO, or equivalents
  • Scripting experience using Python, VBA, or Matlab
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to succinctly present recommendations to others
  • Ability and willingness to be self-directed, take on new challenges, and balance several tasks simultaneously


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


Pay Range:
Sr. Structures Analyst: $125,000.00 - $175,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.