Flight Sciences Lead, Motherships

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
US-CA-TustinUS-CA-Mojave
Req No.
2022-7025
Type
Regular Full-Time
Classification
Exempt
Location : Location
US-CA-Tustin
Additional Locations
US-CA-Mojave

Who we are

Virgin Galactic www.VirginGalactic.com (SPCE:NYSE) Virgin Galactic recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, lie in making better use of space.

Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology and psychology.

From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space it is clear that there is much more that unites than divides us.

 

We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good.  Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Galactic

 

If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver, and can make things happen - apply today!

Your Mission

The Flight Sciences Lead will be part of an effort to design, build and test a new fleet of Virgin Galactic Motherships, program name Dawn. The candidate will act as a focal point for all topics related to Mass Properties, Aerodynamics, External Loads and Aeroelasticity, and as subject matter expert in at least one of these disciplines.

 

Virgin Galactic is seeking a seasoned engineer with a collaborative working style.  The candidate will build on an intimate knowledge of all aircraft systems. The Flight Sciences Functional Lead will support all program phases from early concept to Entry Into Service, with additional support from external vendors and other Flight Sciences subject matter experts.

 

  • Lead the VG Flight Sciences scope of the Dawn Virgin Galactic Mothership effort.
  • Coordinate between the various stakeholders, both internal and external to VG.
  • Develop and maintain engineering models, analyses and documentation.
  • Support trade studies.
  • Work with other internal and external engineering groups to ensure proper definition and application of design requirements.
  • Contribute to design reviews and risk management activities.
  • Exercise wide latitude in determining objectives and approaches.

What you bring

Basic Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering, and/or equivalent, with a minimum of 10 years of related
  • Expert level background in at least one Flight Sciences discipline (Mass Properties, Aerodynamics, External Loads, Aeroelasticity), conversant in the others.
  • Experience in aircraft development and flight testing.
  • Knowledge of aircraft and spacecraft systems.
  • Familiarity with relevant aerospace standards (FAA, NASA, MilSpec, etc.).
  • Strong ability to work system tasks, and adept at communicating with multiple interfaces.
  • Proven ability to lead technical work in an environment with multiple stakeholders and external vendors.
  • Excellent proactive communication (oral, written, presentation), interpersonal, negotiation and organizational skills.
  • Ability to successfully complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision and oversight.

 

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Programming skills: MATLAB, Python, C++, Fortran.
  • Experience with relevant computational physics codes, CFD, FEA, CAD.
  • Experience in engineering disciplines not included in Flight Sciences.

 

Additional Requirements

The position will either be collocated with an external vendor in the Washington DC area for the duration of the program, or based at our California engineering sites in Tustin or Mojave.

 

As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as all newly hired employees. 

As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, ( “fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have expired since receiving the vaccination’s last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) . If  you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire. 

 

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

 

Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

 

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As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as newly hired employees.

 As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19virus, (“fully vaccinated” means at least two week have expired since receiving the vaccination’s last dose as recommended by the manufacturer).  If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met be your date of hire.  Virgin Galactic complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy.

 

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