Open Positions

Rockets: Not just for Engineers! The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is an exciting, fun, and diverse club that welcomes students of all majors and specializations. Everyone who works with SOAR should become an active member and is encouraged to participate in engineering, rocket, or aeronautics projects at all levels. We have a Political Science Major who is earning her Level 1 rocket certification, a Physics Major who was a Rocket Production Lead and is now the Vice President, and a Finance Major who was the Chief of Operations.

SOAR also offers a multitude of opportunities for specialists within their own field. From safety to supply chain to marketing to human resources, SOAR wants to give you the opportunity to use your skills to prepare you to work in a challenging environment that mirrors a real company structure. In your role with SOAR, you will handle issues that directly affect the success of your department and the organization; in many cases, you will be given the opportunity to conceive and implement new departments and processes to build the success of SOAR. So bring your ideas and passion to a new endeavor and remember, with SOAR: The sky is not the limit!

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OPEN POSITIONS

Below are descriptions of the positions we are currently hoping to fill. These positions will disappear from this page as they are filled. If you feel that your expertise is better filled by a position that is not listed here, feel free to apply anyway using the Apply Now link, and just note what you would like to do under “Other” on the list of positions.

Please Note: SOAR leadership positions are only open to current University of South Florida students.

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General SOAR Positions

Safety Officer

Majors/Concentrations: All scientific/engineering STEM majors preferred; open to all majors and concentrations.

The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Safety Officer who can develop and oversee SOAR’s Safety Program. This position is key to the success of SOAR, as the organization regularly deals with flammable, corrosive, and oxidizing substances that require proper handling, storage, and training, as well as operating large and small power tools. The individual will oversee the safety aspect of all SOAR engineering and technical projects and will report directly to the Vice President.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Become familiar with OSHA and EPA procedures and regulations
  • Develop initial safety training package for all new SOAR members
  • Develop and write safety standard operating procedures for chemical lab, workshop, and launch operations
  • Maintain safety training records for all SOAR members
  • Develop and update safety risk matrix and standards for NASA Student Launch Competition periodic reports
  • Ensure proper storage and accountability of all hazardous materials (HAZMAT) in accordance with OSHA standards and University of South Florida policy
  • Work with Project Managers to develop project specific safety procedures and ensure personnel are trained on equipment being used
  • Conduct periodic safety training
  • Maintain database and physical book of Safety Data Sheets for all HAZMAT used and ensure that each project team is educated and informed of its location and contents
  • Ensure sufficient safety equipment is available for project team use
  • Enforce safety standards, regulations, and preventative measures
  • Record, investigate, and prepare reports regarding incidents to determine causes

Supply Chain Manager

Majors/Concentrations: Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Marketing, Management, Business
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for Supply Chain Manager who can institute new protocols and build a supply chain process from scratch. The managers will work together as a team to ensure that practices are consistent across projects and that processes are followed by team members. Managers will work closely with project managers and report directly to the Chief of Finance.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Conduct initial inventory of SOAR tools, equipment, parts, and consumables
  • Update inventory on weekly basis and enter data into inventory database
  • Monitor stock level of parts and consumables and reorder when level reaches designated reorder point
  • Ensure that all tools, equipment, parts, and consumables are properly secured and safe from theft or damage
  • Develop processes and procedures to initiate and improve productivity, quality, and efficiency of operations
  • Develop procedures to control distribution of supplies, tools, and equipment
  • Attend project build days and distribute/control supplies, tools, and equipment to maintain accountability and stock levels
  • Ensure that purchase order paperwork is properly filled out and attached to database record
  • Prepare periodic reports on inventory and budget for project managers and Chief of Finance
  • Prepare budget and risk assessment sections of proposal and flight readiness documents for NASA Student Launch Competition

Marketing Team

Marketing Manager

Majors/Concentrations: Marketing, Sales, Management, Business, Communications, Leadership
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for marketing manager who can oversee and develop the marketing department in managing SOAR’s brand and reputation, recruiting new members, and obtaining corporate partnerships. The marketing manager does not create and develop marketing themselves, but rather serves as a manager of the marketing department. They should be skilled in leadership, business, and marketing.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Participate in recruiting and interviewing new marketing department positions, including a graphic designer, social media specialist, photographer, videographer, and other necessary positions
  • Run the marketing department as an independent section of SOAR that reports directly to the Chief of Operations
  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of a comprehensive SOAR brand standard document
  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of a SOAR corporate sponsorship packet
  • Communicate with other departments and projects within SOAR to facilitate completion of necessary design (such as rocket designs) and media (such as press releases) work, brand management, and adherence to SOAR standards
  • Facilitate the development of SOAR print and web marketing campaigns, and monitor the success and implementation of such campaigns
  • Engage with USF campus faculty, staff, and student leaders to expand SOAR’s brand recognition
  • Manage SOAR’s attendance in University events (ie Bull Market), ensuring that SOAR has an active, engaged, and professional appearance at such events
  • Prepare periodic reports for the Chief of Operations on marketing department activities

Social Media Specialist

Majors/Concentrations: Social Media, Internet Marketing, Communications
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a social media specialist to manage and post to SOAR’s social media accounts and websites. This is crucial position in managing SOAR’s brand and marketing. This person should be passionate about the internet, scientific research, and rocketry. SOAR’s ultimate goal is to have a social media presence on par with a large company or organization, such as SpaceX.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Regularly post to SOAR’s website, Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram using content generated in collaboration with the rest of the marketing department
  • Remain current with and participate in social media trends
  • Creating new accounts and deactivate old accounts as the internet landscape changes, to keep SOAR’s social media presence dynamic and active
  • Actively engage with other related social media accounts, such as the @NASA and @USF Twitter accounts
  • Remain online even when not posting, in order to quickly respond to communications with SOAR’s accounts

Graphic Designer

Majors/Concentrations: Graphic Art, Design, User Experience, Communications, Marketing
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for an in-house graphic designer to create graphic media that aligns with SOAR’s brand. This person should be creative, artistic, and experienced with graphic design software such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. While designs created under this position will be SOAR’s property, the designer will have the right to use them to build and expand their own professional design portfolio. Access to the Adobe software suite can be provided if necessary.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Work with the marketing department to develop a comprehensive SOAR brand standard document
  • Work with the marketing department to create the design work for a SOAR corporate sponsorship packet
  • Create professional and creative design work that matches said brand standard while remaining exciting and interesting
  • Create work for specific events and projects in a timely manner
  • Work with the marketing department in building print and web media campaigns
  • Collaborate with the photographer and social media manager in creating dynamic and engaging social media posts
  • Create designs for SOAR merchandise, including but not limited to business cards, pens, hats, tshirts, and keychains

Photographer

Majors/Concentrations: Photography, Art, Design, Communications, Marketing
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for an in-house photographer to attend frequent events and take high quality photographs of everything from rocket launches to member portraits. The photographer should have the ability to take interesting, professional, and creative pictures. They should be familiar with the operation of advanced photography equipment and software such as SLR cameras with different lenses, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Access to the Adobe software suite can be provided if necessary.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Attend and document the majority of SOAR’s events, including meetings, build days, campus events, and competitions
  • Take artistic but professional photographs of varying types, including action shots, long exposure, portraiture, candids, and others
  • Work with the marketing department to take the pictures that SOAR needs for its print and web marketing campaigns
  • Work with the social media manager and graphic designer to post images frequently on social media

Videographer

Majors/Concentrations: Videography/Cinematography, Art, Design, Communications, Marketing
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for an in-house videographer to attend frequent events and take/edit high quality videos of SOAR projects and events. The videographer should have the ability to record interesting, professional, and creative video footage. They should be familiar with the operation of advanced photography and videography equipment and software such as SLR cameras, sports cameras, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. Access to the Adobe software suite can be provided if necessary.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Work with the marketing department to take and edit the videos that SOAR needs for its marketing campaigns
  • Attend and document the majority of SOAR’s events, including meetings, build days, campus events, and competitions
  • Create periodic video updates of SOAR events, and work with the social media manager to post such videos online

NASA Student Launch 2018 Competition

All of our NSL leadership positions are filled already, but if you’re still intereted in getting involved in the team, you can! Just join the #nsl channel on our Slack group.

High-Altitude Project

Note that these positions are subject to change as the project plan becomes more fully defined.

Avionics and Recovery Specialist

Majors/Concentrations: Electrical/Computer Engineering, Other STEM majors
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for an Avionics and Recovery Specialist for our High Altitude rocket. The Avionics and Recovery Specialist is responsible for the flight systems that control stages of flight and recovery tactics. They will work with the Project Manager and Production Lead to ensure their systems interface with the rocket appropriately. They should be knowledgeable in circuit design and programming, as well as parachutes and separation.

Rocket Design Lead

Major/Concentration: Mechanical Engineering, Physics
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Rocket Design Lead for our High Altitude rocket. The Rocket Design Lead is responsible for creating a plan that has an end goal of reaching space (330,000 ft.) with several subscale tests along the way. They will be responsible for working with their team to decide on the dimensions, weight, motor integration, and material properties needed to accomplish this goal.

Propulsion Lead

Majors/Concentrations: Chemical/Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Propulsion lead to work on our High Altitude rocket. They will be responsible for collaborating with the Motor Making Team and the Liquid Engines project to integrate our best motor technologies with this rocket to achieve the desired height. They should have good communication skills and an ability to learn the complex technical knowledge required for this kind of implementation.

Materials Development Specialist

Major/Concentration: Material Science, Chemistry, Chemical/Mechanical Engineering
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Materials Development Specialist for our High Altitude rocket. They will be responsible for picking materials that can survive the extreme conditions this rocket will experience during flight and recovery. They will work with the Rocket Design Lead to work these materials into the framework of the rocket. They should have some technical knowledge on materials science and a passion to learn about new developments in the field.

Two-Stage Project

Project Manager

Major Concentrations: All STEM majors, Business Administration
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Project Manager of our Two-Stage Rocket. The Two-Stage Rocket is close to completion but still needs to undergo a test launch this Fall, and then a full-scale launch in the Spring. A Project Manager is expected to index the current state of this project and prepare for upcoming tasks. They should be looking at new and current methods of development to maximize performance at a reasonable cost. They will deliver monthly reports to the E-Board and act as the point of contact whenever there is an issue or a request. They should have strong communication skills and a technical background sufficient to understand and contribute to the development of new products.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Work with team to explore new ideas and grow the technology of SOAR
  • Work with the E-board to prioritize and fund projects

Rocket Production Lead

Majors/Concentrations: Logistics, Management, Industrial Engineering, Business, Leadership
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Rocket Production Lead for the Two-Stage rocket launch. The rocket production lead will be responsible for managing the physical building of the rocket, according to designs and layouts by the other position leads. Components include airframes, fins, nosecones, bolts, screws, etc. They should be familiar with management or communicative software, such as Slack, Dashboard, Google Sheets and/or others.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Along with the project manager and other leads, plan a timeline for the production of subscale and full-scale rockets
  • Manage the supplies used to build the rocket and it’s components and subsystems
  • Supervise and partake in the construction of the project
  • Work with the Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Leads to ensure communication and project integration

Avionics and Recovery Specialist

Majors/Concentrations: Electrical/Computer Engineering, Other STEM majors
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for an Avionics and Recovery Specialist for our Two-Stage rocket. The Avionics and Recovery Specialist is responsible for the flight systems that control stages of flight and recovery tactics. They will work with the Project Manager and Production Lead to ensure their systems interface with the rocket appropriately. They should be knowledgeable in circuit design and programming, as well as parachutes and separation.

Liquid Propulsion Project

Finance Manager

Majors/Concentrations: Accounting, Finances, Business, Management, Logistics
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Project Finance Manager for the Liquid Propulsion project. The project finance manager should have the ability to write budgets and financial reports related to the assests and expenses of the NSL project. This position will also collaborate with, and report to SOAR’s Chief of Finance and the Liquid Propulsion Project Manager. They should be familiar with any budgeting, financial and presentation programs or software, such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, and Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Prepare budget reports based on project finances in a timely manner
  • Communicate with the project manager and systems engineer on expenses and financial matters
  • Recommend alternative purchases based on cost-benefit analysis
  • Aid in writing project reports and presentations
  • Record transactions during the project, ranging from building materials and computer programs

Motor Making Team

Team Manager

Major Concentrations: All STEM majors, Business Administration
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Project Manager of the Motor Making Team. The Motor Making Team collaborates with all major SOAR projects to build or purchase motors required for the respective rocket. Understanding the motors we use not only helps predict the performance at launch, but also the cost of a launch. A Project Manager is expected to index all current projects and prepare for upcoming projects. They should be looking at new and current methods of development to maximize performance at a reasonable cost. They will deliver monthly reports to the E-Board and act as the point of contact whenever there is an issue or a request. They should have strong communication skills and a technical background sufficient to understand and contribute to the development of new products.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Set goals and timelines for the purchase/development of motors for various projects
  • Work with team to explore new ideas and grow the technology of SOAR
  • Work with the E-board to prioritize and fund projects

Chemist

Major/Concentration: Chemistry, Physics, Chemical/Mechanical Engineering
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Chemist or Chemical Engineer to work on custom motors for various rocket programs. They will study different propellants and mixtures to come up with more effective motors. They will document their findings to have this knowledge readily accessible to all programs both current and future. They should have a good understanding of chemical reactions (especially combustion) and the evolution of the chemical composition of rocket motors.

Material Specialist

Major/Concentration: Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical/Mechanical Engineering
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Materials Development Specialist for our Motor Making team. They will be responsible for picking materials for the motor casing, nozzle, and fixtures that can survive the extreme conditions of the motor during flight. They will work with the Chemist and Propulsion Specialist to determine what structures will undergo what conditions and choose materials accordingly. They should have some technical knowledge on materials science and a passion to learn about new developments in the field.

Propulsion Specialist

Major/Concentration: Mechanical Engineering
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Propulsion Specialist to work on the Motor Making Team. They will be responsible for nozzle design and how it factors into thrust, impulse, etc. They will work with the rest of the Motor Making team, as well as whichever specific program they’re working on, to determine what flight conditions are required, and design the nozzle appropriately. They should have a reasonable understanding of Thermo/Fluid dynamics and basic rocket propulsion principles.

Payload Design

Team Manager

Major Concentrations: All STEM majors, Business Administration
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Project Manager of the Payload Design Team. The Payload Design Team collaborates with all major SOAR projects to help build the Payload Bay required for the respective rocket. A Project Manager is expected to index all current projects and prepare for upcoming projects. They should be looking at new and current methods of development to create the best product at a reasonable cost. They will deliver monthly reports to the E-Board and act as the point of contact whenever there is an issue or a request. They should have strong communication skills and a technical background sufficient to understand and contribute to the development of new products.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Set goals and timelines for the development of Payload Bays for various projects
  • Work with team to explore new ideas and grow the technology of SOAR
  • Work with the E-board to prioritize and fund projects

Mechanical Tech Lead

Majors/Concentrations – Mechanical Engineering, General Engineering, All scientific/engineering STEM majors
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Mechanical Engineering Lead for the Payload Design Team. The mechanical engineering lead will design and select effective mechanical features on the rocket, ranging from springed hinges to payload design and testing, and be responsible for seeing these be produced according to design. Any physical or mechanical problem that arises will be dealt with and solved by this position. They should be familiar with modeling software and programs, such as SolidWorks, Creo and AutoCAD, to aid with designs.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Collaborate with other position leads, and the team manager, in designing the rocket’s subsystems
  • Communicate with other position leads on dimensions of designs and payloads, to help define their limitations and parameters
  • Work with the Electrical and Computer Leads to ensure communication and project integration
  • Aid in writing team reports and presentations

Production Lead

Majors/Concentrations: Logistics, Management, Industrial Engineering, Business, Leadership
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Production Lead for the Payload Design Team. The production lead will be responsible for managing the physical building of the payload bay, according to designs and layouts made with the other position leads. Components include airframes, fins, nosecones, bolts, screws, etc. They should be familiar with management or communicative software, such as Slack, Dashboard, Google Sheets and/or others.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Along with the project manager and other leads, plan a timeline for the production of subscale and full-scale rockets
  • Manage the supplies used to build the rocket and it’s components and subsystems
  • Supervise and partake in the construction of the project
  • Work with the Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Leads to ensure communication and project integration

Materials Team

Team Manager

Major/Concentrations: All STEM majors, Business Administration
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Project Manager of the Materials Team. The Materials Team is constantly looking for new materials in aerospace that can be utilized to fix a unique problem or make improvements to take our programs to the next level. Understanding the materials we use helps identify limitations and room for improvement on the current projects we have. A Project Manager is expected to index all current projects and prepare for upcoming projects. They should be looking at new and current methods of development to maximize performance at a reasonable cost. They will deliver monthly reports to the E-Board and act as the point of contact whenever there is an issue or a request. They should have strong communication skills and a technical background sufficient to understand and contribute to the development of new products.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Work with team to explore new ideas and grow the technology of SOAR
  • Work with the E-board to prioritize and fund projects

Materials Specialist

Major/Concentration: Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical/Mechanical Engineering
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Materials Development Specialist for our Materials research team. They will be responsible for picking materials for the motor casing, nozzle, and fixtures that can survive the extreme conditions of the motor during flight. They will work with the Chemist and Propulsion Specialist to determine what structures will undergo what conditions and choose materials accordingly. They should have some technical knowledge on materials science and a passion to learn about new developments in the field.

Mechanical Specialist

The Society of Aeronuatics and Rocketry is looking for a Mechanical Engineering Lead for the Materials researcg team. The mechanical engineering lead will design and select effective mechanical features on developed materials. An example task might include analyzing the load distribution on a material and engineering the shape of that material to effectively control the loads.

Chemist

Major/Concentration: Chemistry, Physics, Chemical/Mechanical Engineering
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Chemist or Chemical Engineer to work on our Materials Development Team. They will study different propellants and mixtures to come up with more effective motors. They will document their findings to have this knowledge readily accessible to all programs both current and future. They should have a good understanding of chemical reactions (especially combustion) and the evolution of the chemical composition of rocket motors.

Avionics Team

Team Manager

Major Concentrations: All STEM majors, Business Administration
The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Project Manager of the Avionics Team. The Avionics Team collaborates with all major SOAR projects to construct the flight systems required for the respective rocket. Understanding the systems we use helps us ensure every launch goes as planned. A Project Manager is expected to index all current projects and prepare for upcoming projects. They should be looking at new and current methods of development to maximize performance at a reasonable cost. They will deliver monthly reports to the E-Board and act as the point of contact whenever there is an issue or a request. They should have strong communication skills and a technical background sufficient to understand and contribute to the development of new products.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Work with team to explore new ideas and grow the technology of SOAR
  • Work with the E-board to prioritize and fund projects

Electrical Engineering Lead

The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Electrical Engineering Lead for the Avionics team. The electrical engineering lead should have the ability to wire and solder custom circuit boards to aid and accommodate with the payload design. They should be familiar with wiring and soldering techniques, as well as thermal management and electrical applications.

Computer Science/Engineering Lead

The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Computer Science/Engineering Lead for the Avionics team. The computer engineering lead is responsible for writing and developing any coding and programming on the developed machines. This ranges from programming payloads to avionics systems. They should be familiar with relevant technologies and their subsequent languages, such as Arduino (C++), CV (Python) and Git.

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