Lead Metallurgist at Virgin Hyperloop

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THE PURPOSE:
As a Senior Metallurgist at Virgin Hyperloop One, you will be responsible for working with the design and manufacturing teams to ensure the metals chosen in the Virgin Hyperloop One system are the optimum selections for each specific application, and that they perform as expected throughout the life of the product. As part of this responsibility, you will not only make material selection recommendations, but work with the other engineering teams to ensure that each material is fully vetted for its environment. Every member of the Materials Engineering team should be conscious of inappropriate or unsafe materials combinations, environments, or loading conditions which may cause unexpected material failure, and work to design solutions that avoid these pitfalls. In addition to material properties, the Virgin Hyperloop One Senior Metallurgist should have in-depth knowledge of the cost of various materials and processes, such that an economical solution can be created for the various material needs in the system.


THE ROLE:
• Work collaboratively with design teams on metals material selection and specification of testing for materials validation and qualification, considering material properties, processing, environment, life, and cost
• Coordinate materials testing, either in-house or at an appropriate lab, through all stages of product development. Testing must meet internal design and performance requirements, as well as external requirements that support certification of the Virgin Hyperloop One system
• Identify reliability concerns (corrosion, fatigue, wear, thermal, etc.) in products and designs across the Virgin Hyperloop One system, and work with design and manufacturing teams to create reliable solutions in our processes and products
• Where specific materials expertise is insufficient, leverage relationships with other experts in industry or academia to facilitate the best material or process choices. Identify and lead materials opportunities with these experts or with business partners
• Train, guide and define tasks for technicians working with the Materials Team on various projects. Additionally, create guidelines and train other members of the engineering team to improve knowledge in materials selection, metallurgy, heat treatment, metal processing, fabrication and finishing of metal products, and metals testing
• Always work to promote a safety culture, by following Environmental Health and Safety guidelines and creating improvements to enhance efficiency and safety in the laboratories and other work areas.
• Provide recommendations for materials test equipment improvements and new capabilities.
THE CANDIDATE:
• Has ample experience working at multiple stages in the product lifecycle
• Can work quickly and efficiently on a tight schedule, with little technical guidance. At the same time, candidate has exceptional interpersonal skills and be able to work collaboratively with many other teams.
• Thrives working in a challenging environment
• Has excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to create concise and thorough documentation that can be used to further the knowledge base of the company
• Enjoys enacting creative solutions to solve problems
• Is comfortable with the limits of their own knowledge and admits when they do not know the answer, but is driven to continue learning every day
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy, Materials Science, or equivalent degree or experience
• Knowledge of a variety of metals, and an understanding of the key properties and limitations of each, including the use of heat treatments and mechanical treatments to alter mechanical properties
• Experience selecting and vetting materials for a new design, including determining necessary testing to prove a material for an application
• Hands-on experience with materials evaluation, testing, manufacturing, and characterization techniques, including determination of appropriate evaluation techniques and limitations of evaluation methods
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:
• Experience with designing for corrosion protection in a variety of metals, particularly steel
• Hands-on experience developing heat treatment processes for a variety of aerospace metals
• Experience with failure analysis of metal products
• Experience working in a startup environment or working in the early stages of an engineering company, working to create or mature engineering processes

Hyperloop One is an Equal Employment Employer; employment is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other protected status. Hyperloop One will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with the “Ban the Box” legislation. We may access publicly available information as part of your application. For full information on how your personal information will be stored and processed, please click here.
 
To all recruitment agencies: Virgin Hyperloop One does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, Virgin Hyperloop One employees or any other company location. Virgin Hyperloop One is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.
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Our office gives the feeling of excitement and energy every day. You can see it through the passionate discussions about engineering, marketing or any field. The people really bring a level of passion and energy that makes it one of the best places to work. The dog-friendly culture also helps soothe our nerves after any intense discussions!

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Virgin Hyperloop Benefits Overview

We place great value in our employees' work-life balance, so our office is full of great perks to make you feel right at home. We've got catered lunches, snacks, coffee and drinks every day so employees can enjoy all three meals at work. Our office also has full showers, towels and lockers along with on-site barber visits, dry cleaning service, and mobile car wash services. Our employees enjoy premium quality medical insurance, as well as stock options with early exercise option. Also, we're dog-friendly!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
VHO employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 100% of annual salary with no maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 3x an employee's annual salary. Additionally, we offer the ability to purchase additional Supplemental Life & AD&D insurance to protect yourself, your spouse & children.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
We have employee-lead group workout sessions after work!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
VHO offers up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave to eligible employees who become parents through birth, surrogacy, adoption, or foster care
Flexible Work Schedule
VHO provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times.
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Hourly employees receive between 15 and 20 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 48 hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Virgin Hyperloop One hosts company outings semi-annually. Our most recent team-building was at a Dodgers game!
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Parking
We offer employees free on-site garage parking.
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Eligible company positions are offered relocation assistance.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Our lunch and learns focus on our recent technology, business opportunities, and potential partnerships.
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