Vehicle Dynamics Engineer

| Greater LA Area

THE PURPOSE:

The Vehicle Dynamics Engineer falls under the Verification and Validation and Analysis group within the Systems Division at Virgin Hyperloop One, and is part of a team responsible for modeling and analyzing the pod vehicle’s dynamics, loads, and performance. As part of the dynamics team, you will work closely with peers in the hardware project teams to develop dynamics models, and test and validate the vehicle’s design. The team will be responsible for the generation of engineering and load data for downstream activities on the vehicle structural design and optimization as well as studying the vehicle’s performance in power consumption and rider comfort quality. Participation is expected in design reviews, product benchmarking, and overall system optimization studies.

THE ROLE:

• Provide hardware teams vehicle performance data such as design loads, recommend structural stiffness requirements, estimates on power consumption, and passenger comfort
• Develop dynamics-related engineering data to aid in vehicle design topology trade studies
• Work across different disciplines such as aerodynamics, propulsion, and levitation teams to model forcing functions on the vehicle and controller implementation
• Develop in-house tools and utilize commercial CAE tools as needed to provide vehicle dynamics and loads engineering data to design teams, and investigate vehicle and track structural dynamics interactions
• Practices quality control in code development through unit testing and code documentation
• Make recommendations on test plan for the verification and validation of dynamic models, forcing functions, and load, and advise in software purchases
• Maintain loads database and facilitate loads development for each major design cycle

THE CANDIDATE:

• Enjoys developing efficient and novel solutions to challenging engineering problems
• Has exceptional interpersonal skills and can work collaboratively with many other teams
• Has excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to create concise, thorough documentation that can be used to further the knowledge base of the company
• Can work quickly and efficiently on a tight schedule with little technical or managerial guidance
• Is comfortable sharing knowledge and technical expertise within the dynamics team, and teaching knowledge and findings to the larger engineering group

MINIMUM REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

  • BS in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or similar field
  • Experience in developing dynamics simulation and knowledge in:
    • Time domain and frequency domain (harmonic, PSD) analyses
    • Developing in-house dynamics simulation codes in MATLAB, or similar
    • Utilizing commercial FEA or multibody dynamics simulation tools to study structural dynamics or rigid multi-body dynamics
  • Experience in transportation or aerospace vehicle structural loads development and has knowledge in one or more of the following:
    • Developing and exporting FEA models to be used in dynamics analyses
    • Modal analysis, component-mode synthesis, internal loads recovery methodologies of reduced-order models (Mode Acceleration, Mode Displacement techniques)
    • Generating loads combinations for strength and fatigue structural integrity assessment
    • System identification of dynamic systems

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

  • MS or PhD in Engineering, or related industry experience
  • Working in a startup environment or working in the early stages of an engineering company; working to create or mature engineering processes
  • Dynamic loads development throughout full stage of vehicle product development
  • Developing purpose built dynamic simulations in MATLAB
  • Analyzing integrated multi-physics system performance
  • Structural dynamics and nonlinear multibody dynamics
  • Experience in verification and validation of dynamic models, forcing functions, and design loads towards vehicle certification
  • Development of modal or dynamic test campaigns
  • Developing models in one or more of the following CAE software packages: Femap, Nastran, ANSYS, Simcenter NX Motion, Simcenter Response Dynamics, LMS Virtual Lab, MSC ADAMS, or Simulia

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.

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Location

2159 Bay Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

An Insider's view of Virgin Hyperloop One

What’s the vibe like in the office?

There's a buzz that can't be described. Imagine a group of very smart people, all from different backgrounds and industries, under one roof. All of these people are working on a massive project that could change so much in the world. The impact it will have is huge!

Greg Toroosian

Recruiting Manager

What is your vision for the company?

To transform transportation by breaking the time barrier! At speeds in excess of airlines and with the potential to operate off of renewable grid based power, hyperloop will be revolutionary.

Anita Sengupta

SVP of Systems Engineering

What projects are you most excited about?

Building hardware for two different and distinct worlds. On one hand there's manufacturing complexities of building the pod, which is an entirely new class of passenger and cargo vehicle packed full of high-tech hardware. On the other, there's the manufacturing challenge of building the linear infrastructure. Each is unique and makes work exciting.

Matt Matsumoto

Manufacturing Process Manager

What are Virgin Hyperloop One Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
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Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
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Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Pet Friendly

Additional Perks + Benefits

Catered lunches, snacks, coffee and drinks every day. Personal trainer on-site 3x a week. Full showers, towels and lockers. Corporate Uber account. Onsite barber visits. Dry cleaning service. Stock options with early exercise option.

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