Mechanical Engineer - Battery Thermal

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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 a strong mechanical engineer with an expertise in battery pack design? We are looking for someone to design our next generation battery pack. We need you to combine cutting edge innovation with tried and true industry standards to produce the drone battery of the future. At the intersection of range, flight performance, safety, cost and longevity, our battery pack plays a central role in our mission. This is a broad role which includes mechanical design, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and manufacturing expertise. 

Zipline is at the forefront of a logistics revolution: We design, manufacture, and operate our own fleet of autonomous drones to make deliveries of vital medical supplies to people in need within minutes, 7 days a week. We've completed more than 100,000 deliveries, many of which to patients in life-threatening situations.

Zipline was founded by engineers dedicated to making the world a better place. We are scaling around the world and are looking for a talented Engineer to join our team who is excited to drive simple, elegant solutions to complex problems that will help save lives every day. 

What You'll Do

  • Design our next generation battery pack - cell layout, thermal solution, structural components, interface with the vehicle 

  • Meet aggressive mass, environmental, packaging volume and thermal requirements 

  • Prototype, test, simulate, and iterate on a design 

  • Prove performance through validation and reliability testing 

What You'll Bring

  • Mechanical expert in battery design for pouch and cylindrical cells

  • Thermal expert to bring industry best practices and design a reliable, simple, lightweight battery

  • 2-3 years of experience with FEA and thermal simulation 

  • Working knowledge using electrical components & microcontrollers (ex. raspberry pi)

  • History of solving complex multidisciplinary problems on schedule with little supervision

Nice to Have 

  • Tooling design expertise - Your parts never have unwanted sink marks, knit lines, flash, or warpage because you know how to engineer it out before the tool is cut

  • Powertrain design expertise for high power high efficiency electric drive systems

  • FEA expert - You know how to analyze non-linear, large displacement static loads and dynamic transient and random loads

  • Experienced design to aerospace or automotive level validation standards

What Else You Need To Know

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or our own sensibilities.

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!

If you’d like to learn more about Zipline and our teams, feel free to check out our Instagram, one of our Reddit AMA’s, or our website!

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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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