State Estimation Controls Engineer at Virgin Hyperloop

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The 21st century challenges are here, and we need 21st century solutions. As we continue to progress hyperloop from home, we are actively hiring for open roles. The interview process will continue online to ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stay safe and be well,

The Virgin Hyperloop team

THE PURPOSE:

The Electromagnetic Systems division is responsible for the design and development of the Hyperloop Propulsion Motor, Levitation and Guidance Systems. These systems are electromechanical in nature and are designed by a highly cross-functional team of exceptional engineers in the areas of Electromagnetics, Mechanical Design, Heat Transfer, Materials Science, Testing, Controls, Embedded Systems, and Electrical System Modeling. We are seeking candidates with broad skillsets and various levels of experience to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals and work on one of the most challenging transportation applications on Earth, from right here at our Los Angeles facility. 

State estimation and sensor fusion design for control of pod motion. This entails grouping multiple redundant sensors for the purposes of throttling, braking, docking, levitation, and guidance in safety critical systems. The candidate will work in the Vehicle Motion Control Group and ultimately be responsible for generating the set of state estimators that will provide accurate and precise feedback to control the motion of the pod. Candidate will also generate and codify the safe operating regimes and high-level safety algorithms for the pod from the perspective of the feedback for the propulsion motor, braking systems, levitation and guidance modules.


THE ROLE:

  • Development of fault tolerant safety critical motion sensor architecture, selection and integration with FBW system of passenger rated vehicle (small gap non-contact displacement, IMU, LIDAR and other rangefinding). These sensors will comprise the full set of required sensors for flight 
  • Protection and monitoring functions and algorithm generation 
  • State estimation algorithms generation
  • Managing interfaces with embedded systems team, safety and systems team, flight controls algorithm team, mechanical design team and power electronics team
  • Design, implementation, experimentation, and optimization of state estimation and sensor fusion techniques for the purposes of motion control
  • Safety and reliability analysis of state estimation and feedback techniques
  • Design of voting algorithms for redundant/resilient feedback systems
  • Interface with other Controls Engineers, Embedded Systems, Propulsion and Power Electronics teams.

THE CANDIDATE:

  • Works well in a team
  • Enjoys collaboration with in domains outside of area of expertise
  • Quick learner
  • Able to step out of comfort zone (technically and professionally) frequently
  • Thrives in an environment where requirements and expectations shift rapidly

MINIMUM REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree focused on controls or digital signal processing
  • Experience with implementation of statistical estimation techniques (Kalman, extended Kalman, scented/unscented Kalman; other observer based methods)
  • Experience with implementation of sensor fusion with heterogenous sensors for vehicle/aircraft motion control
  • Experience with digital signal processing and sensor fusion
  • Experience with implementation of classic, optimal, robust, and adaptive control techniques and implementation (loop-shaping, Lyapunov, H-infinity, sliding mode control, LQG/LTR, model adaptive identification controllers, fuzzy-logic, etc)
  • Expert in Matlab, Simulink, Stateflow
  • Experience with configuration management tools (GIT or similar)
  • Deep understanding of mechanical, electromagnetic and power electronics systems

Additional background in the following would be helpful:

  • Power electronics, electromagnetic transducers, and vehicle dynamics analysis and modeling
  • MIMO control of highly redundant systems
  • Low level implementation of digital controllers
  • Flexible mode analysis in the context of motion control
  • Validating computational models through experimental data analysis and system identification
  • Experience with systems and controls documentation (Logical flow charts, sequence diagrams, etc.)


PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

  • Completion of at least two commercial vehicle programs (manned/un-manned; drones or transportation) or motion control products (in robotics, automation/fabrication, machine tools) with a leadership role in sensor integration and calibration.
  • PhD in Mechatronics or EE with emphasis on state estimation and control
 
Virgin Hyperloop 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.
 
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Casual Dress
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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.
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Eligible company positions are offered relocation assistance.
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Lunch and learns
Our lunch and learns focus on our recent technology, business opportunities, and potential partnerships.
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