Senior Structural Analysis Engineer - Tools & Methods

Relativity Space

Relativity Space

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Company Overview:

At Relativity Space, we have two audacious goals: to build the next great commercial launch company with Terran R and to become America's leading force in additive manufacturing innovation. Both contribute to our long-term vision of creating humanity’s industrial base on Mars, paving the way for interplanetary life to expand the possibilities of the human experience. This journey begins right here on Earth – where we design, build, and fly rockets to deliver customer payloads to orbit. Terran R, our medium-to-heavy lift reusable rocket, fulfills the growing demand for launch capacity, thanks to our iterative approach that accelerates design, testing, and development while minimizing costs. While our groundbreaking research and development in 3D printing pushes the boundaries of large-scale additive manufacturing.

Your journey with us is more than just a job – it’s an opportunity to shape the future of aerospace technology, additive manufacturing, and the human experience alongside a community of passionate, creative individuals. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.

About the Team:

The Integrated Performance department at Relativity Space is responsible for ensuring that our rockets will achieve our overall objectives and satisfy stringent customer and government requirements. Our department comprises teams responsible for Flight Sciences, including Aerodynamics, Thermal, Loads, and Dynamics; Integrated Structures Analysis; Guidance, Navigation, and Control & Vehicle Performance (GNCP); Systems Engineering; Mission Reliability; and Product Engineering. We architect and execute analysis, simulation, operations, and test projects for all of Relativity’s hardware and software teams in pursuit of mission success. Overall, this team is critical to the launch success of Terran R!

The Integrated Analysis group is responsible for accelerating Relativity's hardware engineering via advanced analysis and cutting-edge tools. The team works on a variety of complex structures analyses across all of our hardware teams, and develops tools and methods to unlock deeper insight in less time - to reduce weight, improve robustness, and deliver more flight-ready hardware to the launch pad.

About the Role:

  • 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.

About You:

  • 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:
$130,000$166,000 USD