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Stratolaunch, LLC Lead Aerodynamics Engineer - Carrier Aircraft in Mojave, California

Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch test platform to contribute to high-speed research and development. The goal of Stratolaunch is to utilize the capabilities of the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft and air-launch test vehicles to enable development of technologies that may not exist otherwise.

Stratolaunch strives to create technology development opportunities for commercial, philanthropic, and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology.

To achieve these great efforts, Stratolaunch is seeking a Lead Aerodynamics Engineer with extensive experience leading successful aerodynamics teams.

As the Lead Aerodynamics Engineer , you will contribute to the development activities of an autonomous vehicle operating through subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic flight regimes.

The successful candidate will have a strong mathematical background, and an ability to work with a small team in a fast-paced engineering development environment.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Predict vehicle aerodynamics using empirical methods

  • Update aerodynamic models

  • Support development of vehicle outer mold lines

  • Develop and implement aero tolerances

  • Document inputs, assumptions, and limitations

  • Wind tunnel model development and test

  • Perform aerothermal analysis, as requested

  • Support air data design and calibration, as requested

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering

  • 10-15 years of experience leading aerodynamic teams

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong attention to detail

Strongly Desired

  • Predict vehicle aerodynamics using CFD

  • Create clear and consistent CFD visualizations

  • Develop tools to streamline CFD analysis

  • Experience generating vehicle lines and loft

Required computer skills

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

  • Matlab, Simulink, or similar tools

Special remarks regarding work environment

  • This position is located in Mojave, CA

  • Some travel (<10%) may be required

Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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Job Category: Engineering