Senior Vehicle Loads & Dynamics Engineer

| Greater LA Area
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Team and Role Overview

Relativity seeks a Senior Vehicle Loads & Dynamics Engineer to help achieve our ambitious goal of launching a 3D printed rocket. The successful candidate will have demonstrated technical excellence in aerospace loads analysis and testing. This position is ideal for experienced dynamics engineers looking for a lead role with broad technical authority and responsibility in a small, high-performance team. 

The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives

As a senior member of Relativity's dynamics team, you will lead the development of Relativity's loads & dynamics engineering capability from preliminary design through flight verification and beyond. You will work closely with a multidisciplinary vehicle engineering team to deliver world-class insight in the areas of loads, vibration, and multibody dynamics to enable design, development, and flight of the Terran 1 launch system. Additionally, you will help build an outstanding dynamics engineering organization at the cutting edge of commercial aerospace. 
 
The projects you’ll be responsible for could include any or all of the following:
  • Develop loads and vibration levels for Terran 1 systems, components, and payloads using empirical, experimental, and analytical approaches as required
  • Define and execute loads analyses (e.g. Liftoff, Max Q, MECO), modal testing campaigns, flight data analyses, and other relevant loads activities
  • Develop vehicle operational concepts (conops) across the Terran 1 mission profile in close collaboration with the GNC, Launch, Structures, Avionics, and Propulsion teams
  • Build internal capability to develop and communicate loads, including custom toolsets, commercial code, databases, and data processing tools
  • Guide and mentor responsible hardware engineers to ensure hardware meets dynamics requirements
  • Direct consultants and contractors in supporting loads and test activities

Candidate Profile

In order to be successful in this role, you should be someone who thrives in ambiguity and is able to lead their own projects to completion. You are experienced in delivering effective output without sufficient input. Ideally, you are someone who has come from a fast paced, aerospace environment, having completed difficult projects while collaborating effectively with a broad technical team. 
 

Minimum Required Skills and Competencies

  • An undergraduate degree in engineering or related field and 5+ years relevant experience
  • Expertise in loads and vibration (aerospace preferred)
  • Experience with coupled loads analysis, component mode synthesis, random vibration analysis, and NASTRAN
  • Vehicle program experience from concept through V&V/certification
  • Experience solving complex dynamics problems on integrated vehicles
  • Proficiency in an engineering scripting language, such as MATLAB or Python

Preferred Skills and Competencies

  • Graduate degree (MS/PhD) in engineering or related field and 10+ years relevant experience
  • Hands-on experience with modal testing, instrumentation, and data analysis
  • Experience with separation analyses (rigid and/or flexible body)

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a United States Person as defined by 22 C.F.R.  § 120.15 is required.

 We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


 

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Location

Relativity is located near LAX in an industrial complex where we take up 4 buildings. We are easily accessible from the 405, near Randy's Donuts!

An Insider's view of Relativity Space

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office is very interesting--from the large and colorful art pieces on the walls to the large (and small) rocket parts all over. We also have screens all over that are casting live streams of our testing and manufacturing floor. You just feel like you are seeing the future of manufacturing unfold right before your eyes.

Nat

Lead Recruiter

What is your vision for the company?

We are creating an entirely re-imagined process to iterate and scale rockets quickly, eventually helping to build the future of humanity in space.

Tim

CEO and Co-Founder

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've never been at a company before that has so valued recruiting and the candidate experience in all stages of the interview process, from initial contact to even past onboarding. Everyone here respects each others' time and takes hiring very seriously. We have a high bar, but that means we've also cultivated a very talented team!

Samantha

Talent Operations Coordinator

What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Stocked Kitchen
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some Meals Provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Happy Hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
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