Company Background 

Gravitilab Aerospace Services is based just outside Norwich, UK. It is an exciting, fast-growing start-up and industry pathfinder for microgravity research and testing services. Developing suborbital rockets and a UAV drone system, it will deliver unique services to a range of customers across Academia, New Space and Defence. It’s ambitious plans to produce the most innovative launch vehicles will push the boundaries to grow an iconic space technology company. Despite already containing state-of-the-art facilities such as engine test stand, labs and workshops, the company has immediate plans for a further significantly advanced manufacturing facility. As part of Gravitilab you would be part of a rapidly growing team, working at the cutting edge of technology, at the apex of a revolution taking place in the commercial New Space economy. The company has a disruptive philosophy, with sustainability at its core.

Job Title 

Head of Propulsion 

Job Description 

As the Head of Propulsion, your primary role will be to lead and oversee the Propulsion engineering department to research and develop technologies, and design, test and deliver qualified, reliable propulsion systems capable of meeting Gravitilab’s vehicle performance requirements.

Your responsibilities will encompass efficient departmental operations, and you will be tasked with effectively managing all team members to ensure their duties are carried out appropriately. It will be essential to ensure strict adherence to Gravitilab’s policies and procedures, aiming to uphold the highest possible standards throughout the development process. By successfully navigating these responsibilities, you will play a crucial role in contributing to the company’s ongoing success and technological advancements.


  • Lead propulsion system design, testing, and fielding from initial concept studies through to operational missions.
  • Critically review propulsion sub-system designs, structural interfaces, and temperature/pressure considerations in the design.
  • Dynamically lead the propulsion team and other junior members of staff in support of propulsion sub-system research & development, design, test and delivery. This also includes task allocation, identification, and implementation of training/mentorship.
  • Manage department finances to ensure allocated budgets are adhered to, actively identify and implement cost savings, and ensure spending is minimised.
  • Support launch vehicle product development activities through early-stage trade-offs and studies through system definition, requirements analysis, verification, operations and implementation.
  • Implement effective strategies for managing department work tasks to deliver against deadlines in a dynamic environment.
  • Identify and communicate technical and programmatic risks and issues, problem solve mitigations and implement effective solutions rapidly.
  • Represent Propulsion at Heads of Department and Senior Management meetings.
  • Work with the Human Resources team to grow the team as required.
  • Support grant activities, studies and R&D as required.
  • Other duties as requested by Management.

Qualifications and Experience 


  • Master’s degree (or higher) in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Deep technical understanding of propulsion system design, test and analysis.
  • Fluent oral and written English.


  • 6 + years of experience in a relevant professional engineering setting (excluding internships).
  • 4 + years’ experience in a managerial capacity.
  • Considerable knowledge and hands-on experience in Systems Engineering.
  • Exceptional financial, schedule and task management skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Hybrid Rocket Engines and thermos-fluid dynamics.
  • Previous experience with N2O.
  • Experience in Test campaigns and Vehicle Development programmes.
  • Knowledge of launch regulations, policies and frameworks.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Self-starter mentality with an ability to balance multiple projects.
  • Ability to find solutions and overcome challenges to deliver projects within budget and schedule constraints.

Desirable Skills and Qualities 

  • Launch Vehicle Systems Experience.
  • Knowledge of safety protocols and procedures.
  • Strong knowledge of Hybrid Rocket Engines and thermo-fluid dynamics.
  • Experience with Cryogenics or LOX.
  • R&D Experience in Hybrid/Liquid propulsion systems.
  • Experience in the end-to-end development of rocket engines.
  • CAD experience.
  • Analysis skills (NX).

Why Gravitilab? 

  • Be part of a fast paced, dynamic and exciting environment, with enthusiastic people who love their work  
  • Work for a company at the leading edge of the New Space revolution in the UK, pathfinding space launch and commercial microgravity services 
  • Play a pivotal role in the creation of a great working environment, support with fast paced, effective marketing communications and be a key person in helping the office run as smoothly as possible 
  • Develop new skills and competencies through in house development and specific training as required.  


Competitive salary package, subject to experience  


Send a cover letter and C.V. to [email protected]