Ballistics Analyst

| Denver, CO, USA | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: $100,000-$170,000 Annually
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Ursa Major was founded to address a critical shortfall in the U.S. industrial base and bring a new model to aerospace and defense systems: we design and manufacture the world’s leading propulsion systems for space, hypersonic applications, and missile systems. 

Our products and technologies require an extraordinary team – a team that will mold tomorrow’s technologies while deploying today’s best. We are an intrinsically motivated team that has a passion for solving problems and empowering each other every day to develop our skills, knowing that there is always room for growth.

As Ursa Major expands into the realm of solid propulsion, we’re assembling the most innovative and nimble team in order to unseat the reigning players. We’re applying the latest technologies to an outdated business model that improves cost, lead-time, and flexibility without impacting reliability. We must continue to build in-house capabilities in energetics, ballistics, and composites with an emphasis on novel designs focused on manufacturability and high-rate scalability.    

Ursa Major is seeking a Mechanical / Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) Ballistics Analyst to join our creative team of engineers. The candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in some of Ursa Major’s innovative and groundbreaking solutions to complex technical problems facing the solid rocket motor industry. This position requires performing research, design, analysis, evaluation, and testing in support of SRM products and technologies. 


  • Serve as a subject matter expert conducting and supervising a range of projects involving formulation, characterization, and testing of new energetic materials. 
  • Interface and collaborate with government partners to further develop and utilize legacy energetics. 
  • Apply chemical principles to safely conduct research, analysis and experimentation on propellants, pyrotechnics, and/or explosives for product development or improvement to meet program requirements. Modify propellant compositions to optimize chemical, physical, mechanical, ballistic, and hazards properties 
  • Identify testing needs for propellant development. Author test procedures, establish objectives and develop data requirements. Lead testing efforts to characterize propellant formulations
  • Develop computational methods and tools to predict and analyze propellant performance, combustion chemistry, rocket motor ballistic performance, and nozzle/plume flow dynamics
  • Technical writing of reports, publications, proposals and presentations and assist in the development of product specifications and statements of requirements.
  • Support quick-turnaround urgent failure investigations, failure analysis and facilitate production deviation closures with meeting engineering requirements and mission objectives.
  • Organize/prepare/present major program efforts and findings to internal and external customers, including government and commercial entities 


  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline such as chemistry or physics 
  • 2+ years of experience in the field of Energetics
  • Previous technical work experience in energetics formulation
  • Experience with experimental design and data analysis
  • A working knowledge of energetic material regulations and safe handling/measurement
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams, interfacing with internal/external customers
  • Proficiency in Matlab, Python, C++, Fortran or similar
  • This position requires that the employee be eligible and maintain eligibility for a Secret Clearance. 

Desired Skills: 

  • Master’s degree or PhD in technical discipline such as chemistry or physics 
  • General technical knowledge of rocket motor components and processes 
  • Hands-on experience with program/project work in applied R&D and / or production support
  • Experience with high level presentations and briefings.
  • DoD Secret Security Clearance or higher 

Colorado law requires us to tell you the base compensation range of this role, which is $100,000 - $170,000, determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. What we can’t quantify for you are the exciting challenges, supportive team, and amazing culture we enjoy. Click here for more information about our awesome benefits.

Classification: Full-time Exempt

Benefits Include:

  • Unlimited PTO - Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Bereavement
  • Paid parental and Adoptive Leave
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Tax Advantage Accounts (HSA/FSA)
  • Employer Paid Short and Long Term Disability, Basic Life, AD&D
  • Additional Benefit Options Including Voluntary Life, Emergency Medical Transport and Pet Insurance
  • EAP Program 
  • Retirement Savings Plan - Traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)
  • Company stock options 

NOTE: Research suggests that women and BIPOC individuals may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who believes they have the skills and the drive necessary to succeed here to apply for this role.




We’re an equal-opportunity employer. You will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.


No outside recruiters, please.


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Our one-of-a kind campus co-locates engineering, manufacturing, & testing operations, allowing for unmatched development time and the chance for employees, customers, and investors alike to experience rocket engine testing as a part of the normal work day.

An Insider's view of Ursa Major

What’s the vibe like in the office?

In short, working at Ursa feels ‘electric.’ There’s something special about work when every employee feels directly responsible for the company’s success or failure. It’s much easier to love and care about your own job when everyone else feels the same way. Working on rocket engines also makes it easy to fall in love with the job.


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How does the company support your career growth?

Career growth on my team is multi-faceted. The leadership and your team members at Ursa Major help you to grow your technical skills and ensure that you are constantly growing your soft skills. Ursa Major cares about what interests you and what future opportunities you are working towards and helps you get there!


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What are Ursa Major Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
Company equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Ursa has an unlimited PTO policy with 2 required weeks off during which the company closes (one in December and one in July).
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
With our unlimited PTO policy, sick days are covered!
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Ursa periodically has social events to celebrate holidays, qualifications, and sometimes just for fun!
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Pet friendly
Our Berthoud location is dog friendly. We have a pup policy in place to assure the health and safety of all of our furry friends and are working on putting in a dog park.
Relocation assistance
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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