System Optimization Engineer II

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To connect the world, we must reflect the world. At Virgin Hyperloop, we’re bringing together unique perspectives, empowering our community to celebrate all voices, and creating equal opportunities to build, grow, and thrive. 

WHY WE NEED YOU

Hyperloop is a brand new mode of transportation and, as such, it presents an unrivalled and unprecedented opportunity for clean-sheet system-level optimization. The Office of the CTO and the System Optimization team are responsible for determining the high-level design and performance specifications of the Hyperloop system to best achieve the company’s goal of revolutionizing transportation.

Specifically, the System Optimization Engineer will be responsible for both day-to-day and long-term improvements to the physics-based system design optimization tool, which is used for system architecture trade studies, system and sub-system design optimization, performance optimization, and system cost optimization.

The System Optimization Engineer Will:

  • Work closely with the Manager of System Optimization, as well as members of the Hardware Engineering, Software Engineering, Manufacturing, and Business Strategy Departments to add, update, and refine cost, sizing, and performance models of the Virgin Hyperloop system.
  • Take on longer term projects to introduce significant new functionality to the system design optimization tool and improve the tool’s software architecture.
  • Work with the DevOps team to enhance supporting infrastructure, including, but not limited to, testing suites and results databases.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Implement day-to-day updates to the system design optimization tool
  • Work with members of various engineering teams and business strategy teams to add new models and further refine existing models
  • Implement new features and functionality to take the system design optimization tool to the next level
  • Effectively communicate results and design recommendations to diverse audiences

WHAT YOU'VE DONE

  • BS degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or similar field with equivalent level of work experience
  • Demonstrated experience of strong engineering fundamentals across a broad range of disciplines (e.g. structures, fluids, electrical)
  • Advanced proficiency in Python
  • Comfortable with git version control
  • Familiar with multidisciplinary optimization techniques and software engineering development practices
  • Experience developing large software projects

NICE TO HAVE

  • MS or PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or similar field.  
  • 2+ years of industry experience
  • Experience implementing tools for solving large-scale multidisciplinary optimization problems
  • Familiarity with Plotly/Dash, LaTex, Javascript, and using & implementing databases

WHY VIRGIN HYPERLOOP

  • Our Benefits: medical (including infertility & mental health), dental, vision, life, FSA, HSA, 401k, and more 
  • Your Wellbeing: flexible work schedules, unlimited PTO, and 16 weeks of paid parental leave
 
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Location

We're located in the Arts District, an up-and-coming neighborhood with new hotels, restaurants, and breweries—and just minutes away from Downtown LA!

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
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
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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