Chemistry Lab Technician

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [311128334321]

Field(s) of expertise
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Job type

About this job

Rocket Lab is the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch. Launching from right here in New Zealand, we design and build innovative technology to give small satellites a premium ride to orbit.

Small satellites play a crucial role in our day-to-day lives – they connect us, keep us safe, help us understand our planet and manage our impact on it, and they enable us to innovate and explore. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab.

Our relentlessly innovative team is behind Electron, the world’s only truly commercial small satellite launch vehicle in operation today. With multiple orbital launches under our belt and a record of 100% mission success, we’re opening access to space to improve life on Earth. We’ve built a world class team with a reputation for doing the impossible. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard and everyone makes a difference.  Every day, we pursue ideas that challenge, excite and demand more of us, and we make them real. Be a part of it.


Rocket Lab is looking for an experienced Chemistry Lab Technician to join the Propulsion Team, in this role you will be responsible for setting up a propellant mixing and analysis laboratory that can manufacture quantities of propellant for Rocket Lab to be used in the engine testing process.

As well as having experience in laboratory set up we need you to also be capable of manufacturing the propellant.

This is an exciting project to be involved in, as you will play a part in paving the way for NASA to go back to the moon, challenges like this are not for the faint-hearted and you will need to be capable of working under pressure and able to meet deadlines, whilst producing work to the highest standard.

This position will initially be Auckland based with a move to Rocket Lab’s new state of the art Propulsion Test Facility, which is currently being developed 45 minutes south of Auckland in 3 to 6 months’ time.


  • 4-year bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or equivalent relevant qualifications.
  • 2+ years’ relevant industry experience.
  • The ability to develop procedures to ensure repeatability of the process by other staff members.
  • Experience with standard titration and pH analysis.
  • Experience with Karl Fischer titrations.
  • Familiar with technologies such as XRF,SEM, ICP-MS that can be used for extended analysis if required.
  • Proven experience working to deadlines in a high-pressure environment.
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships.
  • Ongoing commitment to Continuous Process Improvement.

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