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Aerodynamics/Thermofluids Engineer
Confirmed live in the last 24 hours
El Segundo, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Autodesk CFD
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering and 3+ years' experience running reacting CFD solutions, or
  • Master's degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering and 1+ years running CFD, or
  • Ph.D degree in CFD/numerical methods
  • Experienced with meshing, running and post processing compressible CFD solutions
  • Be able to anchor simulations to data and generate confidence bounds for CFD results
  • Experience with aerodynamic analysis tools and experimental methods
  • Be able to generate first-principles models where necessary
  • Be familiar with subsonic, transonic, supersonic, hypersonic, and rarefied fluid dynamics
  • Experience running NASA Fun3D, DPLR, Laura, US3D, or other CFD packages
  • Experience analyzing hypersonic (Mach > 5) chemically-reacting CFD simulations
  • 4+ years of professional aerodynamics or fluid mechanics experience
  • Be familiar with wall functions, flamelet models, and nonequilibrium reactions
  • Experience running Sparta DSMC or other packages
  • Experience with Pointwise and other CFD meshing software
  • Experience with NX and other CAD software for generating water-tight geometries
  • Experience in fast-paced design environment
  • Previous background with translating engineering analyses into workable design solutions for flight vehicles
  • Low level coding in MATLAB or Python
  • Familiarity with C++, Fortran, and MPI and be able to make minor improvements to source codes
  • Venting analysis and internal pressure predictions
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here
  • Develop aerodynamic design solutions for novel vehicle challenges
  • Create, mesh, run, and post process computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models
  • Calculate pressure, heat flux, and aero buffet/vibration loads for thermal and structures teams
  • Maintain and improve the aerodynamic database for Varda's vehicles
  • Lead the review of post-flight data and compare the data to pre-flight estimates
  • Create wind tunnel models and process wind tunnel data
  • Participate in the research and development process for a new generation of reentry vehicles
  • Responsible for all external and internal flow field simulations
  • Collaborate cross functionally with design, development, and test groups
Varda Space

1-10 employees

Space terrestrial applications manufacturer
Company Overview
Varda Space’s mission is to manufacture products in space to benefit life on earth. The company is committed to accelerating innovation in space through their microgravity manufacturing platform, with applications including pharmaceuticals, hypersonic testing, and fiber optics.
  • Exciting team of professionals at the top of their field to working by your side
  • Working in El Segundo, CA - an awesome Southern California beach city with quick access to entertainment and outdoor activities
  • Equity in a fully funded space startup that is about to go through massive growth
  • Company parties and generally a fun atmosphere
  • 401(k)
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Health insurance
  • Lunch and snacks provided on site. Dinners twice a week for those working late.
  • Parental leave