Dynamics Engineer

Relativity Space

Relativity Space

Other Engineering
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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 Integrated Performance team at Relativity Space is responsible for ensuring that our rockets will achieve our overall objectives. Our department comprises teams responsible for Flight Sciences, including Aerodynamics, Thermal, Loads, and Dynamics; Vehicle Simulation & Performance; Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC); and Systems Engineering. We architect and execute analysis, simulation, and test projects for all of Relativity’s hardware and software teams in pursuit of mission success and ensure that our designs and practices meet stringent customer and government requirements. Overall, this team is critical to the launch success of Terran 1, among many other firsts!

What you’ll do:

As a Dynamics Software Engineer, you will play a key role in driving the Terran 1 launch vehicle to first flight, developing initial architecture for the upcoming Terran R vehicle, and re-thinking launch vehicle systems around large-scale 3D printing. You will work collaboratively with Flight Sciences, Stage Engineering, Additive, Propulsion, Avionics, and Test teams to develop processing and analysis tools on time and budget, while meeting our technical requirements. A high degree of autonomy along with an ability to prioritize work in our fast-paced environment is required.

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

  • Own and streamline processing, storage, reporting, and automation architecture for dynamics data and modeling. Develop intuitive interfaces for time and frequency domain analysis, gathering families of data across test campaigns, comparing data against modeling predictions, etc.
  • Work closely with dynamics and eventually other disciplines in Flight Sciences to develop tools for load combinations and interdisciplinary environments mapping
  • Develop tools to help analysts link observed phenomena in data to vehicle operation
  • Integrate processing and analysis tools written by dynamics and eventually other disciplines within Flight Sciences into larger organizational software frameworks
  • Develop frontend interactive visuals mapping data and analysis outputs through vehicle locations, flight timelines, etc.
  • Work with Avionics and Software teams as needed on Flight Sciences data collection strategy and issue resolution

To be successful in this role, you should be self-motivated, adaptable, and able to deliver in a fast-paced, integrated vehicle program. You should also be able to resolve ambiguity and drive tasks to completion. Ideally, you have dynamics or loads data analysis experience as well as a proven track record completing projects successfully as part of a technical team. This position is ideal for engineers looking to make a direct impact on a variety of mission-critical systems and processes as a key member of a small team.

On a weekly basis, you will be processing data and developing tools to streamline and integrate related analysis and modeling efforts across disciplines in Flight Sciences. You will also use your strong organizational skills to properly manage the documentation and communication of your actions, recommendations, and decisions.

What you need to know:

  • An undergraduate degree in engineering. Computer Science or related field and relevant experience over at least one full program lifecycle
  • 2+ years of experience software development in a data handling/interdisciplinary environment
  • Proficiency in Python and version control systems (e.g., git)
  • Experience solving complex problems on integrated vehicles with design teams
  • Digital signal processing, time and frequency domain analyses, and statistical analyses
  • Experience developing and managing robust data pipelines (storage backends, processing, front ends / GUIs)

Nice to haves but not required:

  • A graduate degree (MS/PhD) in engineering or related field and 5+ years relevant experience
  • Hands-on experience with testing, instrumentation, and data analysis at the component and system levels
  • Experience in an analysis role on an integrated vehicle program
  • Familiarity with vibration analysis methods and software like Nastran
  • Familiarity with liquid rocket engine architectures

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.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role. Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.

Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here: https://px.sequoia.com/relativityspace
Hiring Range:
$108,000$138,000 USD