Feedback Motion Controls Engineer

| Greater LA Area

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. 

Dynamics modeling and feedback motion control algorithm design for pod motion. This includes throttling, braking, docking, levitation, and guidance. The candidate will work in the Vehicle Motion Control Group and ultimately be responsible for generating the set of control laws and state machines that will 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 propulsion motor, braking systems, levitation and guidance modules.

THE ROLE:

  • Modeling (linear and non-linear) of mechanical, electromagnetic and electrical plants
  • Design, implementation, experimentation, and optimization of fault tolerant motion control laws for vehicle level motion
  • Design, implementation, experimentation, and optimization of fault tolerant actuator commutation/control laws for levitation, guidance, braking, and propulsion subsystems of the vehicle
  • Stability, safety, and reliability analysis of vehicle motion control laws
  • Control law and state machine design for levitation, guidance, propulsion and braking prototypes
  • Algorithms for monitoring and protection at all levels (actuator to pod); include fault detection, isolation and control reconfiguration
  • Interface with Systems Engineering, Vehicle Dynamics, Command and Control, Embedded Systems, Electromagnetic Design, Power Electronics, and Test and Development teams
  • Assist in development of motion control architecture

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 motion control of a mechatronic system
  • Experience in 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)
  • Experience in one or more of the following: MIMO control of highly redundant systems, stability/robustness characterization for highly non-linear systems, flexible mode analysis in the context of motion control, autonomous vehicle controls development, fault tolerant/resilient control design
  • Expert in Matlab, Simulink, Stateflow
  • Experience with configuration management tools (GIT or similar)
  • Deep understanding of mechanical, electromagnetic and power electronics systems
  • Systems and controls documentation (logical flow charts, sequence diagrams, etc.)
  • Trajectory planning for vehicles
  • Statistical estimation techniques (Kalman, extended Kalman, scented/unscented Kalman)
  • Familiarity with digital signal processing and sensor fusion

Additional background in the following would be helpful:

  • Power electronics, electromagnetic transducers, and vehicle dynamics analysis and modeling
  • System and state identification techniques (extended state observers)
  • Low level implementation of digital controllers
  • Controls software development for complex distributed systems on multiple target platforms with safety-critical applications using C, FreeRTOS, and/or VxWorks
  • Software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop testing of embedded systems
  • Validating computational models through experimental data analysis and system identification
  • Experience Motor control/commutation algorithm

Completion of at least one commercial vehicle (manned/un-manned) programm or motion control product (in robotics, automation/fabrication, machine tools) with significant ownership in one or more of the following categories: system dynamics modeling, motion control algorithm design and implementation, sensor integration and calibration, integration of motor and power electronics.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

Completion of at least two commercial vehicle programmes (manned/un-manned; drones or transportation) or motion control products (in robotics, automation/fabrication, machine tools) with a leadership role in one of the following categories: system dynamics modeling, motion control algorithm design and implementation, sensor integration and calibration, integration of motor and power electronics.

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 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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