Thermal Engineer - Redwood City

Joby Aviation is seeking a passionate thermal engineer to join our growing team. The position requires a strong understanding of heat transfer and heat exchangers theory. The applicant is expected to have hands-on experience designing, analyzing, and testing thermal systems. Familiarity with internal flow CFD is also desired. This position is rewarding, as the engineer will promptly see their work implemented on real-world applications due to the fast pace of Joby Aviation.

Responsibilities: 
  • Define and formalize aircraft thermal environments in various flight regimes. 
  • Formally identify thermally critical areas and design cooling strategies.
  • Leverage low-fidelity methods to perform quick sizing of thermal systems. 
  • Design or select heat exchangers and mechanical components of the thermal system. 
  • Create detailed FEA and CFD models to analyze thermal performances. 
  • Generate test procedures, create prototypes, and perform experimental validation.
  • Produce supporting documentation for FAA aircraft certification. 

Required: 
  • B.S. in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or another relevant discipline. 
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills. 
  • 2+ years hands-on experience performing detailed thermal design and testing for aircraft or other vehicles. 
  • Solid understanding of heat transfer and heat exchangers. 
  • Experience with thermal CFD and FEA. 
  • Good knowledge of mechanical systems and CAD. 
  • Comfortable with analysis tools such as MATLAB and Excel. 

Desired: 
  • M.S./Ph.D. in relevant discipline. 
  • 5+ years of working experience in relevant industry. 
  • Hands-on experience working within aircraft certification programs.
  • Strong knowledge of FAR 23 and 27. 
  • Experience optimizing heat exchangers in a mass-constrained environment. 
  • Expertise working with data acquisition systems (DAQ). 
  • Complete understanding of aircraft thermal systems. 
  • Proficiency with CAD (CATIA), CFD (STAR-CCM+), and FEA (Abaqus) software.

Please include a cover letter with your application.

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