Senior Chemical Engineer/Chemist  


Job Description  

X-Bow is looking for a full-time, experienced Senior Chemical Engineer or Chemist to participate in the technology development of additively manufactured solid rocket motor propellant. This position will include ordnance, propellant chemistry, and general engineering in a laboratory/field environment. The nature of this work requires significant training to safely operate with ordnance, energetic materials and hazardous chemicals.   



Position is located in Luling, TX with some travel to Socorro, NM.  



  • Developing & testing solid rocket motor propellant formulations for use in our additive manufacturing process 

  • Developing associated inert simulants for use in optimizing the manufacturing process 

  • Characterizing and optimizing both propellants and simulants, including rheological and mechanical properties.  

  • Develop propellant requirements, specifications, verification plans, and perform qualification and characterization testing. 

  • Perform analysis of data to interpret test results.  

  • Perform statistical research, peer and literature review to evaluate and present test data internally and externally  

  • Working with mechanical, electrical, materials and process engineers to refine & optimize additive manufacturing methods and associated equipment.  

  • Provide input to help solve diverse engineering problems in day-to-day operations 

  • Recognize and implement prudent work practices to maintain safety and control hazards when working with energetic chemistries 

  • Handling, measuring and mixing of propellant, simulant, liners, in addition to commercial thermoplastics and thermosets. 

  • Handling, packaging & tracking raw materials and chemicals, including federally controlled materials.  

  • Manage a propellant laboratory including materials inventory & tracking, test equipment, hazards abatement, and waste management and storage.  

  • Support Business Development with proposals, presentations and reports.  


Experience and Skill Requirements   

  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in similar or related fields, preferably working with propellants or other energetic materials. 

  • Experience with Process Hazard Analysis, Process Safety Management techniques 

  • Hands-on experience working in a chemistry laboratory with equipment such as viscometers/rheometers, densitometers, moisture analyzers, FTIR/ATR spectrochemical analysis, UV/Vis spectrophotometry, tensile test apparatus, polymer characterization by instrumental or wet-chemical methods. 

  • Experience with analytical method development, statistical process control, Experimental Design, Response Surface Analysis, a plus. 

  • Successful demonstration of lab-based skills in a government, university or industrial setting, accomplished in a team environment, examples to include property management, scheduling, interim/final report generation, failure mode analysis with cause/corrective action 

  • Experience in procedure writing, process documentation, manufacturing conformance in QA/QC scenarios. 

  • Excellent communication and technical writing skills   

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and common engineering applications  



B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or related Engineering/Science degree. Master’s Degree a plus.   



X-Bow Systems, Inc. (pronounced “Crossbow”) is a U.S. defense technology and rocket propulsion company that has developed an innovative, low-cost method to manufacture solid rocket motors.  Our propulsion technology, combined with our space launch and modular boost platforms, make us an unique and attractive supplier to aerospace, defense and national security customers.   


As an employee at X-Bow, you will be given the opportunity to participate in a diverse range of activities to apply X-Bow’s unique technologies as well as the flexibility to focus on areas that will further your individual professional interests and career path.  In this position, you will serve a critical role in helping us execute advanced technology projects and conduct space launch programs for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and other government agencies.   


We are looking for a candidate who combines strong communication, organization, and management skills with broad interests and experience in the aerospace industry.  As a key member of a small, dynamic, and highly skilled team you will be expected to actively collaborate with others as well as work independently to successfully accomplish assignments and responsibilities. Creativity and methodical problem solving are both required.    


ITAR Requirements  

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.   


General Disclosure  

X-Bow Launch Systems, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with X-Bow Launch Systems, Inc. is based on 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. Whatever your intersection of identities you are welcome at X-Bow!  


We are a Covid-19 Vaccine Mandated Employer  


As a Federal Contractor, We Require a Background Check as a Condition of Hire  

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