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Senior Vehicle Controls and Dynamics Engineer (Autonomous Control Focus)

| 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 all 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 and Embedded Systems, and Electrical System Modeling. Dynamics modeling and motion control algorithm design for vehicle motion. This includes propulsion 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:
The Senior Vehicle Controls and Dynamics Engineer is responsible for:
• Modeling (linear and non-linear) of mechanical, electromagnetic and electrical plants
• Production level digital motion controller design for levitation, guidance, propulsion, and braking of pod.
• Control law and state machine design for levitation, guidance, propulsion and braking prototypes
• Interface with Embedded Systems, Propulsion and Power Electronics teams.
THE CANDIDATE:
The candidate must have a strong engineering background with Controls and Dynamics, from either vehicle applications or high performance machine tool design. They must be an expert in one or more of the following:
• Statistical estimation techniques (Kalman, extended Kalman, scented/unscented Kalman)
• System and state identification techniques (extended state observers)
• 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)
• Digital signal processing and sensor fusion
• MIMO control of highly coupled/over-constrained systems
• Stability/robustness characterization for highly non-linear systems
• Trajectory planning for vehicles
• Autonomous vehicle controls development
• Software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop testing of embedded systems
• Validating computational models through experimental measurement, data analysis and system identification

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 make decisions, and effectively lead tasks and meet challenging deadlines
• Experience developing a product from concept to production
• Excellent problem-solving skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to understand and interpret a variety of abstract and concrete variables and provide solutions to difficult problems
MINIMUM REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:
Candidate should have completed at least one commercial vehicle (manned/un-manned) programme or motion control product (in robotics, automation/fabrication, machine tools) with significant ownership in one or more of the following categories:
• BS or MS in Mechatronics, Autonomous Control or similar field


PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

Candidate should have completed at least one commercial product development programme (manned/un-manned; drones or transportation; machine tools e.g. CNCs, pick-and-place, ) or motion control products (in robotics, automation/fabrication, machine tools) with a leadership role in one of the following categories:

• MS or PhD in Mechatronics, Autonomous Control or similar fields

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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
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Commuter Benefits
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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