Anduril
Anduril is a defense technology company that invents products to make America safer.
Costa Mesa, CA

Thermal Engineer at Anduril

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Anduril is a defense technology company, bringing Silicon Valley talent and funding to the defense sector. Our technology helps our customers solve their toughest challenges by enabling them to make better, more informed decisions in the life-and-death situations. We’ve assembled a diverse team of experts in artificial intelligence, computer vision, sensor fusion, optics, and data analysis that are creating software and hardware solutions to radically evolve the capabilities of the United States and our allies. If you are passionate about solving problems that have real impact, come join Anduril and build the future of defense! 

Designing thermal systems for Anduril products requires a delicate balance of hand calculations, thermal FEA, multiphysics modeling, systems thinking, and test verification. Combining this hardware skillset with Anduril’s core capability in distributed computing, robust networking, AI, and onboard computer vision puts us in a unique position for market entry in a variety of product verticals. If you are passionate about solving hard technical problems that have a tangible and lasting impact, Anduril is the place for you!

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Own the thermal system of a hardware development program, probably for a system with a combination of radiation, conduction, and convection
  • Use first principles as a basis for every decision and discern the right level of analysis to apply. Execute hand calculations, spreadsheet, and MATLAB/Python first order models to inform path forward before jumping into detailed design.
  • Define good thermal architecture that meets requirements and complies with standards such as MIL-STD-810 to ensure designs are robust in nature
  • Work with EEs to document power dissipations under different operating modes. Combined with boundary conditions, define hot, cold, and any other edge cases that need to be analyzed
  • Communicate pros/cons of system architecture with respect to thermal considerations
  • Own the thermal FEA / CFD model and predict component temperatures
  • Define red/yellow design limits for test and flight
  • Define and execute prototype builds and tests to verify thermal designs (do CAD, select sensors and DAQ equipment, post-process data, summarize results, etc.)
  • Present thermal status at formal reviews internally and with customers. Technical status, risk tracking, inputs to program planning, etc.
  • Provide thermal inputs to build out lab space and infrastructure
  • Support mechanical, electrical, and software team’s development efforts with necessary thermal inputs 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in engineering or applied physics with focus on heat transfer and fluid dynamics
  • Deep understanding of heat transfer and fluid dynamics
  • 2-5+ years of experience (experience may include strong internship and lab work) designing thermal systems for integrated hardware products
  • Practical experience designing passive and active thermal management systems
  • Thermal testing experience –sensor selection, data acquisition, data post processing (Python preferred)
  • Thermal FEA experience –STAR-CCM+, Flotherm, Icepak, or ANSYS
  • CAD design experience with Solidworks or Siemens NX
  • Highly motivated, self-starting, and able to perform duties autonomously without supervision
  • Passion for defending the United States and her allies
  • U.S. Person status is required as this position needs to access export controlled data

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience with battery pack / cell analysis and thermal design
  • Experience with multiphysics analysis
  • Experience developing code in higher level languages like Python or MATLAB for things like lumped thermal capacitance steady state and transient analysis

Anduril is an equal-opportunity employer, and we encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you are someone passionate to work on problems that matter, we’d love to hear from you!

In accordance with requirements on Anduril as a federal contractor under Executive Order 14042, new employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination or exempt status prior to starting employment.

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Where we are

Easy freeway / airport access, manicured neighborhood and beautiful office space + courtyard.

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What are Anduril Perks + Benefits

Anduril Benefits Overview

At Anduril, we want to ensure that our employees can bring their whole self to work. In addition to core benefits and perks outlined below we offer:

Platinum benefits: We offer top tier platinum coverage (medical, dental, vision, life) and cover 100 percent of the premiums for you and your dependents.

Vacations on us (ish): We know that ample time off is restorative to your health and we want you to take a refreshing vacation at least annually. So when you take a >1 week vacation, we'll pay you a bonus.

Meals: Lunch and dinner is available in each of our offices.

Family planning: Anduril supports you through every step of your family-forming journey including fertility planning and treatment, adoption support, gestational carrier support and fertility preservation.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided daily.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning

An Insider's view of Anduril

What are some social events your company does?

Anduril has so many amazing events that it is tough to name them all but some of my favorite are: friends and family nights in the office, summer outings, happy hours, bowling events, and the annual Huntington Beach air show. Through the numerous events, I’ve been able to get to know so many coworkers cross function that I wouldn’t meet otherwise.

Christine

Accounting Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Taking part in Anduril's flight test team enables the opportunity to not only collaborate with the software and hardware teams on developmental testing but also run the Ghost flight operations routinely.

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What are some things you learned at the company?

I work on a multi-agent planning and tasking system. Its goal is to autonomously task assets, like drones, to efficiently complete an objective. Contributing to the ground up design of this cutting edge and complex project encourages a lot of creativity. At the same time, I get to engage in highly technical discussions and implementations.

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What does your typical day look like?

Every day at Anduril is an adventure plucked right out of your favorite Sci-Fi novel. For most people here, it isn't a job - it's just engineers having fun, all while ensuring that our soldiers have the tools they need to succeed.

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