Flight Controls HIL and Operational Logic Engineer at Virgin Hyperloop

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At Virgin Hyperloop One, we innovate, test, and build the future we want to see – so we can leave the world better than we found it. If you thrive on challenge, collaboration, and the boundless potential of a start-up, then we encourage you to apply.

To connect the world, we must reflect the world. We’re bringing together unique perspectives, empowering our community to celebrate all voices, and creating equal opportunities to build, grow, and thrive.

The Flight Controls team is responsible for the development of control architecture, sensor and actuator architecture, and fundamental flight control laws that control the motion of the Hyperloop vehicle. These include levitation, guidance, propulsion, braking and docking functionality. The team also generates and codifies the safe operating regimes and high-level safety algorithms for the vehicle from the perspective of the propulsion motor, braking systems, levitation and guidance modules.

The flight actuators are electromechanical in nature and are designed by a highly cross-functional team of engineers in the areas of Electromagnetics, Mechanical Design, Heat Transfer, Materials Science, Testing, Embedded Systems, and Electrical System Modeling.


The HIL and Operational Logic Engineer on the Flight Controls Team will be responsible for the following:

  • Generating real time flight code from Simulink models
  • Developing process workflows for MIL/HIL testing
  • Define and develop HIL unit test cases per specifications
  • Interface with SW, HW and test engineers to troubleshoot issues
  • Develop and integrate SW modules and tools to support and expand existing HIL architecture and SW framework
  • Generate operational logic and state machines to control the behavior of the vehicle for testing and production operation
  • Interface with systems, embedded, test and integration engineers to manage MIL/HIL testing of core flight functions


The candidate must have some background with Controls and Dynamics, from either vehicle applications or high-performance machine tool design. They must be have familiarity with one or more of the following:

  • Real time control systems
  • Digital signal processing
  • Classic, optimal, robust, and adaptive control techniques and real time implementation
  • Software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop testing of embedded systems


  •  BS or MS in Mechatronics, Autonomous Controls, Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, and or similar field with applicable work experience
  • Strong experience developing process workflows for HIL(Hardware-in-the-loop), MIL(Model-in-the-loop),PIL (Processor-in-the-loop),or SIL (Software-in-the-loop)
  • Fundamental controls knowledge and experience


  • MS or PhD in Mechatronics, Autonomous Controls, Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, or similar field
  • Candidate should have completed at least one commercial product development program:
    • Manned/un-manned; drones or transportation
    • Machine tools e.g. CNCs, pick-and-place
    • Motion control products (in robotics, automation/fabrication, machine tools)


Team: collaborate with some of the most brilliant, creative, and hard-working people you have ever met.

Stock options: own a piece of the company that you’re helping to build.

Benefits: medical (including infertility & mental health), dental, vision, life, FSA, HSA, 401k, and more.

Wellbeing: 16 weeks of paid parental leave, flexible work schedules, unlimited PTO, fitness activities, meditation space, catered lunches, on-site massage, and more.

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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What are Virgin Hyperloop Perks + Benefits

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!

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
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
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
We offer employees free on-site garage parking.
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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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