Structures Analysis Engineer

Parque Industrial de Elche (Poligono Industrial), Spain

About PLD:

Founded in 2011, PLD Space is a high-tech engineering, manufacturing and service-driven company, with deep track record and expertise in space launch technologies.

We are a trusted global championing industry leader disrupting the pathway to space access. We are on a mission to reach new heights by making space more accessible, supporting missions that will make us smarter, safer and wealthier.

Our purpose is to propel new futures, to enable progress from space and enrich peoples’ lives on Earth, by moving new economies, people and world forward.


As a Structures Analysis Engineer at PLD Space, your main mission is to optimize and validate the [JR1] design solution, contributing to weight optimization and guaranteeing rocket’s performance. You will also be involved you in hardware testing which is a key aspect of the job since it will allow you to validate designs and FEM via test correlations.


  • Achieve stress justification for new designs by using hand calcs and FEA methods for composites and metals.
  • Perform test predictions and test correlations in order to improve FEA confidence.
  • Perform complex modelling by creating global finite element model (GFEM) and detailed models (DFEM) both primary and secondary structures.
  • Perform linear and non-linear structural analyses.
  • Perform linear buckling analyses.
  • Perform random, sine and modal[JR2]  dynamic analyses.
  • Participate in the review[JR3]  process, preparing the necessary reports, memos and formal compliance documents (written in English).
  • Liaise with other functions when required to ensure stress requirements are needed.

Necessary Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Aeronautical, Mechanical or related engineering.
  • Experience with structural analysis, all methods are valuables (hand calculations, FEA linear, non-linear, buckling, explicit dynamics).
  • Fundamental knowledge of metallic structure behaviour and failure modes like strength and stability.
  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis software.
  • Self-motivated and able to work under pressure to meet deadlines, dealing with situations that are constrained by time and managing different tasks at once.
  • Proactive and good team worker.
  • Knowledge in scripting software such as MATLAB, Python or VBA
  • Fluent Spanish and English.

Desired Requirements 

  • Proficient in using Finite Element Analysis principles and associated tools. Experience with HyperWorks/HyperMesh and OptiStruct is desirable.
  • Good Knowledge on MatLab and VBA Excel is desirable.
  • In-depth knowledge of engineering principles and design techniques relation to composite materials, classical laminate theory and finite element modelling techniques.
  • Knowledge in fatigue analysis.
  • Understanding of spacecraft manufacturing methods and processes.
  • Experience in FEA correlations, structures


Health & Wellness: We want you to be happy and healthy in body and mind.  We encourage you to have regular physiotherapy sessions at our facilities so that you can continue with your physical activities. 

We offer partial coverage of your medical scheme covering you, your spouse or partner, and your children. 


Boost your creativity: Focus. Energy. Yummy snacks and those fizzy waters you love. It takes a lot to be creative all day, but we’ve got you covered. Eat local, sustainable, delectable fare at our cafes, and plunder our pantries for fresh fruit and other goodies whenever you need a boost. 


Engineering by doing: We encourage hands-on learning and foster internal mobility and team collaboration, with one-third of positions filled by current employees and one in five people promoted each year. 


Find balance: PLD Space offers 23 days of annual leave, 6 global wellbeing days, and public holidays. We prioritize worklife balance with flexible schedules, empowering teams to manage their own hours. We work hard here, so we encourage taking breaks to recharge, ensuring a healthy work environment. 


Never stop learning: At PLD Space, education and professional development is a priority. We offer extensive learning opportunities, from conferences and webinars to higher education programs and technical certifications. We encourage hands-on learning and foster internal mobility and team collaboration, with one-third of positions filled by current employees and one in five people promoted each year. 

Focus on your financial future: Flexible remuneration plan lets you allocate part of your salary to everyday expenses like lunch, nursery school or public transport, which are exempt from Personal Income Tax (IRPF) when paid through this system. 


We have four critical beliefs that guide the way PLD Space is shaping the future of space launch technologies. 

  • Teamwork. 
  • Hard work. 
  • Dynamism. 
  • Commitment. 
  • Keep it simple. 

Become part of our movement, enabling you to make change happen in your career and, above all, your life.