Sr. Engineer, Carbon-Carbon Composites

El Segundo, CA | FULL-TIME

Principal Responsibilities

Cambium works at the interface of biotech and materials science to build sustainable next-generation defense products.  We integrate computational chemistry, product design, and advanced manufacturing methods to solve difficult challenges like hardening UAVs against laser attack, protecting payloads during hypersonic flight, and streamlining the defense product manufacturing supply chain.  Our people come from places like SpaceX, Anduril, Scaled Composites, Lockheed Martin Skunkworks, and US DoD Research Labs.  We are seeking motivated and exceptional people to join our team.

Cambium is seeking a Senior Engineer with carbon-carbon experience to join our growing team in El Segundo, CA. The successful candidate will be curious with a desire to learn, have a strong desire to help grow a company, and will help us build a work culture of open-mindedness that embraces creativity. At Cambium we’re willing to do things differently.


Cambium is seeking a highly skilled Senior Engineer with expertise in carbon-carbon composites for thermal protection systems in the aerospace and defense industry. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of material properties, manufacturing processes, and applications related to carbon-carbon composites, particularly in the context of thermal protection for spacecraft, missiles, and defense systems. This will be a hands-on role and you will be involved in every step of the development process. As Cambium experiences rapid growth, the responsibilities of this role are expected to evolve.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the design, development, and optimization of carbon-carbon composite materials and structures for applications such as thermal protection systems
  • Conduct research and analysis to enhance material properties, including thermal conductivity, mechanical strength, and thermal stability
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate carbon-carbon composites into aerospace and defense systems, ensuring compatibility with overall design requirements
  • Oversee manufacturing processes, including fabrication, testing, and quality assurance, to ensure the production of high-performance thermal protection components
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to junior engineers and contribute to knowledge sharing within the organization
  • Stay updated on advancements in carbon-carbon composite technology and industry trends, applying insights to improve product performance and innovation
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders, including management, clients, and suppliers, to convey project updates, challenges, and solutions

Key Requirements

  • You must have a strong desire to mentor other engineers and be willing to work in a hands-on engineering role
  • Due to the nature of the work, you must have US citizenship or US permanent residency
  • (M.S. / Ph.D.) in materials science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or a related subject
  • (10+ / 6+) years of aerospace or defense industry experience
  • (5+ / 3+) years in carbon-carbon composites research, development, and application, with a preferred focus on thermal protection systems for aerospace and defense
  • Proficiency in analytical tools for characterization of materials structure-property relationships and performance
  • Strong understanding of manufacturing processes for carbon-carbon composites, such as chemical vapor deposition, densification, and machining
  • Experience with industry standards and regulations related to aerospace and defense materials, including MIL-STD and ASTM
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, with the ability to identify and address technical challenges in a fast-paced environment
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to present complex technical concepts to diverse audiences

Preferred Qualifications


Cambium offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits plan. This includes excellent medical/dental/vision benefits, and a matching 401(k) plan.

Salary Range: $135,000-$170,000

Let us hear from you

If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your resume and brief pitch to:

Cambium is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. At Cambium, all qualified applicants will be evaluated for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.


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