Specialist Thermal Design Engineer at Virgin Hyperloop

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THE PURPOSE:

The Virgin Hyperloop One Pod team is responsible for designing and delivering the vehicle all hyperloop passengers will travel in. The Pod team has primary ownership of the vehicle’s structures, thermal management systems, interiors, and environmental control and life support systems. We’re a multidisciplinary, cross-functional team that designs and integrates numerous systems across the pod.
The Pod Thermal Management Team is responsible for providing the system that collects and rejects all thermal energy from the heat-producing components on the pod. This system consists of the primary heat rejection devices as well as the coolant distribution throughout the pod.
 
THE ROLE:
  • Lead the design, testing, and procurement of the pod thermal management system
  • Collaborate with all pod-based subsystems on their heat generation and cooling needs; including the motor, levitation, and power electronics teams
  • Leverage industry experience and best practices to deliver the thermal management system and its test rigs
  • Own the coolant network design and implementation, including routing, valves, heat exchangers, and our primary heat rejection and storage devices.
  • Design, procure, and test various technology development test rigs
 
THE CANDIDATE:
  • Strong intuition and knowledge within thermal system designs, from first principles concepts through design of production hardware
  • Ability to thrive in a technically uncertain environment
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced engineering environment, make decisions, and effectively lead tasks and meet challenging deadlines
 
MINIMUM REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:
  • Strong experience designing, testing, and building a thermal management component or system
  • Flow network hardware and control experience within an aerospace, automotive, or electric vehicle application
  • Understanding of thermal modelling at various levels of fidelity (1-D reduced order component models, thermal networks, 2-D and 3-D thermal FEA)
  • Familiarity with commercial specification and procurement of production-level thermal hardware (make vs. buy trades, COTS vs. custom, typical lead times, etc.)
  • Experience with validation and verification of thermal systems using laboratory and in-field testing
 
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:
  • B.S. or M.S. in Mechanical, Aerospace, or related engineering field
  • Experience with vacuum environment cooling (satellite, manned spacecraft, etc.)
  • Experience with high-voltage battery cooling for electric vehicle or energy storage applications
  • Experience with the design and implementation of a production-level multi-component thermal management system and associated thermal limitations
  • Familiarity or experience with multi-phase thermal management technologies (heat pipes, pumped two-phase, vapor compression heat pumps, phase change materials)
  • Excellent project management experience
  • Experience designing and building test rigs and initial product builds, including pumps, flow control devices, and heat exchangers
  • Familiarity with thermal system modelling software (Simulink SimScape, Kuli, GT-Suite, or similar)
  • Experience with thermal energy storage or industrial refrigeration equipment
 
 
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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An Insider's view of Virgin Hyperloop

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

Vehicle Dynamics Specialist

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!

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.
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
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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