Senior Vehicle Loads Engineer

| Greater LA Area
Team and Role Overview:
At Relativity, we re-imagine the way rockets are built and flown. We are looking for a Senior Vehicle Loads Engineer to help us achieve our ambitious goal of launching a 3D printed rocket. You will report directly to the Director of Vehicle Engineering.
 
The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives:
To support our mission of changing people’s conception of the way rockets are built and flown, you will develop detailed mathematical models for launch vehicle loads and environments. You will work closely with a multidisciplinary vehicle engineering team, iterating on loads and environments predictions as the vehicle design evolves. Additionally, you will support ground and flight tests, including defining test plans, pre-test predictions, oversight, data processing and updating/correlating models.
 
The projects you’ll be responsible for could include any or all of the following:
- Develop full-vehicle finite element models for loads and environments predictions
- Vehicle level dynamic analysis, including: modal, transient, harmonic, random vibration, acoustic, shock, rigid and flexible body dynamics
- Generate vehicle design loads, component loads and interface loads to be used for detailed design
- Down select and identify critical combined load cases for each phase of the mission
- Perform coupled loads analysis of the launch vehicle and payloads
- Define fatigue spectra
- Support ground and flight tests, process test data and update models and predictions
 
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 into completion. Ideally, you are someone who has come from a fast paced, aerospace environment, having completed difficult projects while collaborating effectively with other key groups. 

Minimum Required Skills and Competencies

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree (BS/MS/PhD) in engineering or related field and 5+ years relevant experience
  • Expert in detailed loads analysis for launch vehicles or aircraft
  • Proficient in building complex finite element models at the vehicle or system level using Nastran, Ansys, Abaqus or similar
  • Experience solving a variety of complex structural problems on orbital launch vehicles or similar
  • Solid foundation in structural fundamentals: static, dynamic and vibroacoustic

Preferred Skills and Competencies

  • Graduate degree (MS/PhD) in engineering or related field and 10+ years relevant experience
  • Python, Matlab, or Fortran proficiency
  • Experience with aerodynamics: transonic, supersonic
  • Hands-on experience with structural testing and instrumentation: static, modal, vibration

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

How does your team reward individual success?

Every couple weeks, we nominate someone who we feel has had a great contribution to the company. We then have a "brown bag" where the nominated person presents on what they've been up to!

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 Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

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
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid Holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Paid Sick Days
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
Parking
Assigned spots in the lot specifically for Relativity Employees!
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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