Senior Stress and Structures Engineer

Abingdon, United Kingdom (UK), Reaction Engines

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

We are looking for an engineer with experience in leading Turbomachinery stress analysis within the aerospace or similar industry to help deliver solutions for, but not limited to, our new class of high performance propulsion system – SABRE. The candidate will be responsible for leading the thermo-mechanical analysis in Turbomachinery products, critically assessing solutions and presenting work to peers, senior engineers, managers and external partners.

SABRE – This complex air breathing rocket engine is currently in its early development phase with the next 2 years of the programme focussed on delivering a demonstrator of the engine which is planned to be tested at our new test facility. The ideal candidate will provide support to the demonstrator and support technology development activities.

The work that the Stress and Structures team carries out is dynamic and fast paced, providing each team member with the opportunity to contribute across a range of projects. The candidate must be able to integrate with the team and across the company whilst also being confident when working independently. The team works closely with peers, seniors, partners, and customers so good communication skills are vital. The team is the main expertise for structural analysis within the company.


Reporting to the Stress and Structures Team Leader your role will include;

  • Leading and delivering the thermo-mechanical analysis of Turbomachinery products to schedule and budget
  • Critically Reviewing the work of other stress engineers
  • Supervision of suppliers and sub-contractors related to turbomachinery
  • Managing and reviewing FE models
  • Carrying out the design and analysis of turbomachinery components (rotatives and statics) including static, dynamic, rotordynamics, normal modes, buckling and thermal analysis
  • Carrying out post processing and reporting reserve factors for both SABRE and demonstrator metallic and composite components
  • Correlating and validating FE models against test data
  • Using hand-calculations to size and assess structures and pressurised equipment
  • Preparing, presenting and reporting technical work to peers, seniors and partners.



  • The candidate must be qualified to degree level in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering.

Knowledge and Experience

  • 5 years relevant industry experience in the design and analysis of Turbomachinery, including rotordynamics
  • Proficient in the use of Altair Hypermesh and Hyperview for pre and post processing and the Optistruct or Nastran solver
  • Proficient in the use of Ansys WB or Ansys APDL mechanical
  • Proficient in the use of Windows and MS office
  • Proficient in thermal analysis
  • Experience of high temperature materials.
  • Experience in the analysis of pressurised equipment.
  • Experience of thermal transient, LEFM, LCF and HCF fatigue and creep assessment.
  • Must be able to carry out basic stress analysis hand-calculations for sizing rotating machinery and pressurised equipment.


  • Experience with Solidworks.
  • Experience with the ASME design by analysis code.
  • Experience with ECSS standards.

Skills and Behaviours

  • Able to lead others, carry out verification plans to schedule and budget
  • Able to work equally well unsupervised or as part of a team
  • Excellent organisation skills with the ability to prioritise tasks
  • Must be able to communicate at all levels of the business and with suppliers and customers
  • Pragmatic approach to interpreting structural analysis
  • Must be adaptable to new projects and design directions
  • Positive and flexible attitude to get the job done

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with Reaction Engines’ core values:

  • Commitment
  • Innovation
  • Trust
  • Quality
  • Teamwork