Lead Aerodynamics Engineer at Virgin Hyperloop One

| Greater LA Area
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THE PURPOSE:

The aero-thermal team is responsible for the analysis, design, and testing of aero-thermal systems for the Hyperloop transportation system. These include a variety of moving and stationary components including the pod, the electric propulsion, the electromagnetic levitation, the de-pressurization pumps, the re-pressurization valves, the airlocks and air-docks, the tubes, the pylons, the tunnels, and the portals (stations). We are seeking candidates with various levels of experience to join our team of qualified and diverse individuals at our Los Angeles facility.

THE ROLE:

The Lead Aerodynamics Design Engineer will have the opportunity to participate in the aerodynamic design and analysis of the Hyperloop’s key mechanical system and subsystems, as well as the experimental platforms developed for the testing of these systems.

The Aerodynamics Design Engineer is responsible for aerodynamic analysis, design, and testing: 

Aerodynamics Design:

  • Lead in designing complex multidisciplinary aerodynamics solutions
  • Support hardware teams with fluid dynamic loads for their existing designs

Aerodynamics Testing:

  • Collaborate with Test & Dev in designing test rigs and selecting appropriate sensors and instruments
  • Draft test plans for the experimental validation of the analytical and numerical solutions above 
  • Participate in executing experiments
  • Data analysis, post-processing, and results presentation

Aerodynamics Analysis:

  • Develop or select the appropriate analytical methods for high-level trades
  • Develop the numerical simulation workflows
  • Leverage existing software and hardware to their fullest capabilities

THE CANDIDATE:

The candidate must be able to conduct extensive analyses for complex problems and thrive in a fast-paced environment. In addition, the candidate must possess the following characteristics:

  • Team oriented: you are comfortable and energized by working in a team with a wide variety of backgrounds and skillsets. You welcome constructive feedback and different perspectives. You desire to truly understand the goals and needs of your teammates.
  • Dynamic and creative: you keep pace with several interdependent technologies being developed simultaneously. You welcome the challenge of generating ideas and performing analysis based on inputs and requirements that are subject to change.
  • Ability to understand and interpret a variety of abstract and concrete variables and provide solutions to difficult problems 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills

MINIMUM REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

  • B.S. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or related fields
  • Deep understanding of fluid dynamics 
  • Hands-on laboratory setup of experiments and wind tunnel testing 
  • Experience in data post-processing methods, software, and algorithms 
  • Aerodynamic analysis using:
    • First principle models
    • Reduced order models
    • 3D numerical simulations

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience running CFD simulation software (STAR-CCM+, ANSYS Fluent/CFX)
  • Aeroacoustics experience
  • Unsteady Overset/Moving Mesh knowledge
  • CAD experience. Siemens NX and Teamcenter
  • Familiarity with multi-disciplinary optimization methods and software packages
  • M.S. or Ph.D. degree in aircraft design or aerodynamics / thermal engineering

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What’s the vibe like in the office?

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!

Matt

Manager - Software Design Specs

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

My job is based around collaboration with other teams. When a team needs to optimize their workflow or day-to-day operations, I gather requirements from them to find solutions to best suit their needs. I love being able to make this easier and simpler for other teams.

Anne

IT Operations Analyst

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I am probably a unique example having only worked for the company for six months and already having the opportunity to start in the Dubai office and then be seconded to the Los Angeles Headquarters. Relentless focus on making a difference, impacting positive change, and putting safety first have already given me great opportunities with VHO.

Bruce

Safety Regulatory Certification Director

What are some things you learned at the company?

I have learned how to model the dynamics of our pod and how the different EM systems generate forces that control its motion. I extended my knowledge into multi-body dynamics which is needed to simulate the motion of the vehicle through curvilinear trajectories. I have learned how to develop my own in-house simulation tools and use CAE tools.

Cathy

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What are Virgin Hyperloop One Perks + Benefits

Virgin Hyperloop One 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.
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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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