Applied Aerodynamicist

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About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline uses drones to deliver critical and lifesaving medicine to thousands of hospitals serving millions of people in multiple countries. Our mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. Join Zipline and help us make this a reality for billions of people.

About You and The Role

Are you an experienced aerodynamicist who is passionate about novel aircraft that will operate day and night, in all weather, delivering vital medical supplies? Are you excited to join our aircraft and systems engineering team to own aircraft design, performance analysis, aerodynamic analysis, propeller design, flight testing and more? Do you do your best work when you are  solving system-level problems in a dynamic environment while operating independently as a member of a small multi-disciplinary team? To succeed in this role you will require both the experience and skills to inform and influence stakeholders across  the multiple subsystems you own. We will rely on you to readily identify and explain the right tool for any given task, understanding the trade offs being made between time to solution, cost of design, and complexity of implementation. Finally, you have to love making things fly well and extracting the critical data required to inform your next design decision.

What You'll Do
  • Low fidelity analytic, moderate, and high fidelity modeling of vehicle subsystems
  • Aerodynamic database generation and analysis
  • Multivariate trade studies regarding system design and presentation of results
  • Support a multidisciplinary team including controls, mechanical, production, software, and electrical engineers to tackle design challenges and resolve time sensitive issues
  • Clean sheet and existing vehicle design analysis: aerodynamic, propulsion, and power system performance

Relevant Experiences

  • Building a clean sheet design through flight tests and into industrial production
  • Generating aerodynamic databases, low and high fidelity aerodynamic modeling
  • Wind tunnel test planning, execution, and data analysis
  • Flight test planning, execution, and data analysis
  • Autopilot control system design and analysis
  • Familiarity with electric aircraft systems
  • Applied aeroacoustics
What You'll Bring
  • Aerodynamic vehicle design
  • Lifting line, vortex lattice, panel methods, Navier-Stokes CFD
  • Familiarity with unmanned aircraft systems and operations
  • Familiarity with autopilot and flight control design is desirable
  • Statistically driven automated flight data reduction
  • Experience in programming MATLAB, Python, Julia
What Else You Need To Know

Must have work authorization to work in the US.

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.

We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

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Location

South San Francisco, CA 94080

What are Zipline Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We pretty regularly participate in and host school and community events for STEM and technology. Our teams in Rwanda participate in Umuganda (community volunteering) every month.
Partners with Nonprofits
We work with groups like Black Girls Code, Drone Legends, and Women & Drones to inspire young kids and get their wheels turning about robots from a young age.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We're a pretty quirky bunch, and it's not rare to find our team doing things like having a mechanical boat race on the bay, DJing at our holidays parties, & going to comedy events together.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Zipline has a compensation philosophy centered around both cash & equity.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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