Combustion Scientist for Spacecraft Fire Experiment

The Saffire Experiment (Spacecraft Fire Experiment) conducts ground-based and in-space experiments that will reduce the likelihood of a fire on an exploration spacecraft or habitat and, if one should occur, reduce its impact on the vehicle, mission, and crew. The objective of the Saffire project is to conduct a large-scale material flammability test in extended low gravity. The important phenomena related to material flammability in spacecraft fire safety are dominated by the low-gravity forced convective flow environment. Personnel with experience in conducting these types of experiments are essential to design successful ground-based and flight experiments.

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Position Summary:

The Scientist I will support the design, development, and testing of the large-scale material flammability experiments, with specific emphasis on Li-ion batteries and their failure modes. The Scientist I will work closely with the Saffire engineering team to design the experiments and characterize/calibrate the experiment instrumentation including radiometers, cameras, and anemometers. The Scientist I will collect and analyze data from the experiments and prepare research results for publication.”

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in Combustion Science.
  • Master’s degree with 5 years of experience or Ph.D. with 1 year of experience in combustion science and Li-ion battery technology.