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Job Title: Lead Aerodynamics & Performance Engineer
Company Name: Supernal
Location: Irvine, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 05/17/2024
Expire Date: 07/21/2024
Job Categories: Computers, Software, Engineering, Information Technology, Transportation, Quality Control, Research & Development, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Lead Aerodynamics & Performance Engineer

Rise above. Are you ready to take human possibility to a new dimension with us?


Supernal is an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company thats developing an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle and the ground-to-air ecosystem to support the emerging industry. By creating a sustainable, integrated, and human-centered ecosystem, we are committed to taking a thoughtful and responsible approach to entering the AAM market with a product that meets the high level of safety and reliability in todays air transportation system.


The future of mobility starts with people. We believe in creative thinking and collaboration to help build a better mobility experience for everyone, improving peoples ability to move whether for work or play. Join our dynamic team as we strive to be a part of something greater where potential powers tomorrow!


Supernal provides an inviting open-space workplace designed to foster collaboration, which aligns with one of our core values. This position is required to work on-site 5 days a week.

What we do: 


The Lead Aerodynamics & Performance Engineer leads and conducts the planning and execution of aerodynamics and performance tasks for rotorcraft design and analysis, ground tests, and flight tests. The role interfaces regularly with other engineers working on Conceptual Design, Handling Qualities, Loads & Dynamics, Structural Design, Stress Analysis, Flight Controls, Noise, and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), amongst others.


What you can do:



  • Lead and conduct the aerodynamic design, analysis, and testing of rotorcraft throughout the various stages of development

  • Lead and conduct rotor and mission performance calculations and the underlying engineering analyses that provide vital inputs to these calculations

  • Evaluate component test and vehicle test data, using empirical data to apply improvements to analytical predictions and modeling

  • Lead and conduct mission and point performance analyses to inform vehicle development and track Key Performance Parameters

  • Collaborate with the broader engineering team to conduct multi-disciplinary trade studies to guide design decisions

  • Lead and conduct the development and execution of test procedures

  • Maintain safety of test crews and articles by monitoring and assessing aerodynamics and performance characteristics

  • Lead and conduct model updates based on flight test data

  • Lead and conduct requirement verification activities in various engineering subject areas

  • Lead and conduct the development of engineering tools to complete engineering tasks associated with the Supernal concepts

  • Provide technical mentorship to junior engineers

  • Partner with PMO organization to execute build plan

  • Requires up to 25% of domestic and international travel

  • Other duties as assigned


What you can contribute:



  • Bachelors degree in engineering or related field required; Masters or PhD preferred

  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)

  • Experience performing aerodynamics and performance analysis to evaluate new concepts and refine existing concepts

  • Experience with innovative, physics-based aerodynamics analysis and design methods

  • Experience with rotorcraft or fixed-wing performance analysis techniques that builds on applicable educational experience

  • Proficient understanding of aerodynamics engineering fundamentals, especially with regards to an aircraft

  • Capability to assess the aerodynamics and performance of vertical lift aircraft through analysis, test, and a combination of the two

  • Demonstrable project planning and leadership skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Proactively communicate and follow-up

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to independently prioritize and accomplish work within time constraints

  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite


You may also be able to contribute:



  • Experience performing analysis on VTOL aircraft preferred

Base pay offered may vary depending on skills, experience, job-related knowledge and location. This position is also eligible for a bonus as part of total compensation.

The pay range for this position is:
$204,200$260,700 USD

Click HERE or visit: https://jobs.supernal.aero/benefits to view our benefits!



Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other category or class protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation at: ta-support@supernal.aero


This position may include access to certain technology and/or software source code subject to U.S. export controls laws and regulations. If an export authorization from an applicable US regulatory agency is required in connection with your employment, your employment is contingent upon Supernals receipt of such regulatory authorization(s) and your continued compliance with all conditions and limitations pursuant to such authorization(s).


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