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Senior Engineer, Water Recovery

Axiom Space

Axiom Space

Webster, TX, USA
Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2024

Axiom Space is building for beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – a permanent commercial destination in low-Earth orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home.

Axiom Space fosters a diverse environment inclusive of all perspectives. We are the pioneers of commercial space, leading the transformation of low-Earth orbit into a global space marketplace. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Water Recovery Engineer who is fueled by problem-solving, continuously curious, and driven to understand our world, science/technology, and life itself, for the benefit of all on Earth and beyond.

This position has multiple job openings and may be filled at multiple levels.

SUMMARY: Our team is looking for an energetic and dynamic Senior Water Recovery Engineer who will primarily be responsible for designing, developing, and testing hardware for the collection, storage, processing, and distribution of human body waste, gray water, and potable water aboard Axiom Station. This position reports to the ECLSS Water Recovery Manager. This role is onsite and will be based at our Space Station Development Facility (SSDF).


  • Work on a collaborative team developing Axiom’s Water Accumulation and Treatment Assembly (WATA) for low Earth orbit and beyond.
  • Collaborate on a multidisciplinary engineering team to develop and manage requirements for WATA hardware.
  • Design and develop test rigs for testing WATA hardware with agility.
  • Plan and perform testing of WATA components and integrated assemblies with organizational support.
  • Ensure designs satisfy requirements and demonstrate performance in a thorough verification and validation program.
  • Analyze system performance and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Develop knowledge and expertise to serve as a department Subject Matter Expert (SME), including learning new tasks to gain deeper knowledge and insight.
  • Train and develop the skills of younger and less experienced engineers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, or related field required.
  • 5+ years’ experience in microgravity life support engineering, fluid systems engineering, toilet/urinal/commode design, or similar role required. A combined equivalent of education and experience may also be considered.
  • Experience with flight hardware design, testing, or certification preferred.

Essential Functions

Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.


  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.

Physical Requirements

  • Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • Equipment and Machines
  • Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


  • Excellent interpersonal skill
  • Excellent communication skill, verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic, and deadline-oriented environment

Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.