Lead Thermal Engineer at Virgin Hyperloop

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THE PURPOSE:
 
The Power Electronics division is responsible for conceptualizing, designing, building, and testing the electrical power components in every part of the Hyperloop system. These components include variable frequency drives for propulsion and levitation, energy storage systems, cable assemblies, and the associated control hardware and control algorithms. We are seeking a Lead Thermal Engineer at our Los Angeles facility to join our diverse, experienced team in designing power electronics and battery systems for one of the most challenging transportation applications on Earth.
 
THE ROLE:
  • Be responsible for numerical and analytical modeling of heat transfer phenomena in power electronics including oversight of all thermal analysis performed
  • Define thermal design requirements and required product regulatory compliance testing
  • Interface with systems team to ensure overall system architecture is in sync with power electronics requirements including studies of impacts and temperature margins to support system design
  • Develop test plans and analyze data to validate numerical and analytical thermal models
  • Work with internal teams and external vendors to establish thermal requirements, ensure timely completion of functional hardware, and facilitate project partnerships
  • Brief design and analysis materials to senior customer personnel on significant technical matters, often requiring coordinated activity across organizational lines
  • Provide mentorship, oversight, and ensure quality of work of junior engineers in basic and advanced thermal engineering concepts.
 
THE CANDIDATE:

The candidate must have practical engineering experience in thermal design. They must be able to develop simple design solutions to complex problems and thrive in a team environment.

In addition, the Lead Thermal Analyst 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.
  • A learner: you’re always eager to learn new skills; faced with a new challenge, you apply considerable research skills and diligence to figure it out, though you’re humble enough to ask for help when needed.
  • Dynamic and creative: you thrive in a fast-paced environment where several interdependent technologies are 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 make decisions, and effectively lead tasks and meet challenging deadlines
  • Experience developing a product from concept to production
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to understand and interpret a variety of abstract and concrete variables and provide solutions to difficult problems
 
MINIMUM REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:
  • B.S. in mechanical engineering or related discipline and 6+ years experience OR M.S. in mechanical engineering or related discipline and 4+ years experience
  • Strong, professional and direct experience in thermal design and analysis of electronic equipment using a multiphysics simulation package such as Icepak, FloTHERM, FLUENT, StarCCM+, etc.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in the fundamentals of FEA and CFD (meshing, convergence, etc.)
  • Thorough understanding of heat sink design, heat pipes, fans, blowers, TIMs
  • Ability to read mechanical system schematics
  • Ability to do thermal validation with equipment such as data acquisition systems, air flow chambers, and environmental chambers
 
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:
  • Thermal analysis or design of power electronics (high power)
  • Aerospace thermal architecture
  • Thermal analysis of consumer electronics or control or electrical components
  • Experience with pure water or high voltage DC liquid cooling systems
 
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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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!

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Unconscious bias training
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VHO employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
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Disability insurance covers 100% of annual salary with no maximum payout.
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Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
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Generous PTO
Hourly employees receive between 15 and 20 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
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