Aerodynamics Engineer

| Greater LA Area

THE PURPOSE:

The aero-thermal team is responsible for the analysis, design, and testing of aero-thermal systems for the Hyperloop transportation system. These include a variety of moving and stationary components including the pod, the electric propulsion, the electromagnetic levitation, the de-pressurization pumps, the re-pressurization valves, the airlocks and air-docks, the tubes, the pylons, the tunnels, and the portals (stations). We are seeking candidates with various levels of experience to join our team of qualified and diverse individuals at our Los Angeles facility.

THE ROLE:

The Aerodynamics Engineer will have the opportunity to participate in the aerodynamic design and analysis of the Hyperloop’s key mechanical system and subsystems, as well as the experimental platforms developed for the testing of these systems.

The Aerodynamics Engineer is responsible for aerodynamic analysis, design, and testing: 

CFD Analysis:

  • Select the appropriate analytical methods
  • Develop the numerical simulation workflows
  • Leverage existing software and hardware to their fullest capabilities 

Aerodynamics Design:

  • Lead in designing complex multidisciplinary aerodynamics solutions
  • Support hardware teams with fluid dynamic loads for their existing designs

Aerodynamics Testing:

  • Collaborate with Test & Dev in designing test rigs and selecting appropriate sensors and instruments
  • Draft test plans for the experimental validation of the analytical and numerical solutions above
  • Participate in executing experiments
  • Data analysis, post-processing, and results presentation

THE CANDIDATE:

The candidate must be able to conduct extensive analyses for complex problems and thrive in a fast-paced environment. In addition, the candidate must possess the following characteristics:

Team oriented: you are comfortable and energized by working in a team with a wide variety of backgrounds and skillsets. You welcome constructive feedback and different perspectives. You desire to truly understand the goals and needs of your teammates.

Dynamic and creative: you thrive in a fast-paced environment where several interdependent technologies are being developed simultaneously. You welcome the challenge of generating ideas and performing analysis based on inputs and requirements that are subject to change.

Ability to understand and interpret a variety of abstract and concrete variables and provide solutions to difficult problems.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Excellent problem-solving skills.

MINIMUM REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

  • B.S. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or related fields
  • Deep understanding of fluid dynamics
  • Experience in one or more of the following related fields:
    • Compressible flow, shock dynamics
    • Boundary layer
    • Low Reynolds number flow
    • Turbulence models
    • Vortex-shedding
  • Aerodynamic analysis using:
    • First principle models
    • Reduced order models
    • 3D numerical simulations 
  • Experience running CFD simulation software (STAR-CCM+, ANSYS Fluent/CFX).

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

  • Unsteady Overset/Moving Mesh knowledge
  • Experience in data post-processing methods, software, and algorithms
  • Aero-acoustics experience
  • CAD experience. Siemens NX and Teamcenter
  • Familiarity with multi-disciplinary optimization methods and software packages 
  • Hands-on laboratory setup of experiments and wind tunnel testing
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Location

2159 Bay Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

An Insider's view of Virgin Hyperloop One

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

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
VHO employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
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
Team workouts
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
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
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.

Additional Perks + Benefits

Catered lunches, snacks, coffee and drinks every day. Full showers, towels and lockers. On-site barber visits, dry cleaning service, and mobile car wash services. Stock options with early exercise option. Also, we're dog-friendly!

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