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Company Overview:

Relativity is the first and only company to automate aerospace manufacturing by integrating intelligent robotics, software, and proprietary metal 3D printing technology. Disrupting 60 years of aerospace, Relativity offers a radically simplified supply chain, building a rocket with 100x fewer parts in less than 60 days. Our long-term goal is to upgrade humanity’s industrial base on Earth and on Mars.  


The Vehicle Engineering department is responsible for ensuring that Relativity’s rockets will achieve our objectives. Our department comprises teams responsible for Flight Sciences, including Aerodynamics, Thermal Science, Loads, and Dynamics; Vehicle Simulation & Performance; Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC); and Systems Engineering. Our teams architect and execute analysis, simulation, and test projects for all of Relativity’s hardware and software teams in pursuit of mission success.

What you’ll do:

As Lead Aerodynamics Engineer, you will drive the technical direction of Relativity’s products across the domains of Aerodynamics and Aerothermodynamics. You will play a key role in shaping Relativity’s vehicle products and advanced technical analyses, including Terran R vehicle re-entry, re-usability, and supporting simulation tools and methods. In short, you’ll lead our Aero department across multiple vehicle programs, leveraging a high degree of technical authority.

You will collaborate with our design, propulsion, GNC, and dynamics teams to deliver aerodynamics design, test, and analysis projects on time, while meeting our technical requirements. A high degree of autonomy along with an ability to prioritize work in our fast-paced environment is required. Additionally, you will help build an outstanding vehicle engineering organization at the cutting edge of commercial aerospace.

Here are some examples of projects you could be working on:

  • Develop and execute CFD analyses and wind tunnel tests to solve novel challenges in vehicle re-entry stability and control
  • Lead Relativity’s approach to uncertainty quantification in analysis- and test-driven aerodynamics databases
  • Serve as company technical authority for Aerodynamics, helping leadership to define and execute the department’s technical roadmaps
  • Direct and mentor Aero team members, consultants, and contractors in supporting analysis and modeling activities

In order to be successful in this role, you should be self-motivated, adaptable and able to contribute significantly to a fast-paced, integrated vehicle program. You should also be able to resolve ambiguity and drive projects to completion. Ideally, you have significant aerodynamics, CFD, and wind tunnel experience as well as a proven track record completing projects successfully in a highly collaborative environment.

On a weekly basis, you will be performing analysis, driving technical projects with other engineering teams, and coaching and mentoring your team members. You will also use your strong organizational skills to properly manage the documentation and communication of your team’s actions, recommendations, and decisions.

What you need to know:

  • A graduate degree in engineering or related field and 10+ years relevant experience
  • Industry-leading expertise in hypersonic vehicle aerodynamics and compressible flow
  • Experience as a technical owner from concept through flight on at least one entry vehicle program, including ownership of aerodynamics databases and wind tunnel campaigns
  • Experience solving complex problems on integrated vehicles
  • Proficiency in Python, Linux and industry-standard CFD tools like FUN3D, Star-CCM+, and Cart3D, including turbulence modelling (RANS, DES, LES)
  • Proficiency in meshing and workflow development using tools like Pointwise, ANSA, or STAR-CCM+
  • Experience structuring, negotiating, executing, and delivering complex analyses and simulations for analysis & hardware customers

Nice to haves but not required:

  • 15+ years relevant experience across 3 or more program lifecycles
  • Experience in diverse technical leadership roles, e.g. Aero and GNC
  • Experience managing and developing simulation toolsets and workflows

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more! 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.



United States, Long Beach, California

Posted 19d ago