Senior Structural Analysis Engineer - Tools & Methods

Relativity Space

Relativity Space

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 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 Integrated Analysis, 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 R, among many other firsts!

This is a mid-level technical role in the Integrated Performance department. Your peers will be senior technical analysts in various fields, e.g., aerodynamics, structural dynamics, structures analysis, and vehicle simulation. Your team is a group of talented structural analysts.

What you’ll do:

  • Mature Relativity’s structures analysis processes, including custom and commercial tool selection and implementation, workflow automation, methodology development, and data and results processing, storage, and communication
  • Develop intuitive interfaces for hand calculations, linear/nonlinear FEA, and test data, gathering families of data across test and analysis cycles, comparing data against predictions, etc.
  • Work closely with dynamics and other disciplines to develop tools for load combination and interdisciplinary environments mapping
  • Integrate processing and analysis tools written by structures engineers into larger organizational software frameworks
  • Develop front-end interactive visuals for mapping data and analysis outputs through vehicle locations, flight timelines, etc.

What you need to know:

  • An undergraduate degree in engineering or related field and 7+ years relevant experience
  • 5+ years experience in numerical analysis and tool development, preferably for FEA, CFD, or finite volume thermal analysis
  • 2+ years of experience software development in a data handling/interdisciplinary environment
  • Experience solving complex problems on integrated vehicles
  • Experience structuring, negotiating, executing, and delivering complex tools and methods projects from start to finish
  • Proficiency in Python and version control systems (e.g., git)

Nice to haves but not required:

  • A graduate degree (MS/PhD) in engineering or related field and 15+ years relevant experience
  • Experience managing and developing analysis toolsets and workflows across in-house and commercial software
  • Experience developing and managing robust data pipelines (storage backends, processing, front ends / GUIs)
  • Familiarity with classical aerospace sizing methods (Timoshenko, Bruhn, Roark, etc);
  • Expertise in multiple technical domains (e.g. structural and thermal)
  • Familiarity with fatigue and damage tolerance analysis

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:
$127,000$163,000 USD