SLD Fuel Cell Modeling & Simulation Engineer - Lunar Transportation

Los Angeles, CA, United States


Full Time

2 months ago

Job description

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!  

This role is part of the Lunar Transportation business unit. To further Blue Origin's mission of having millions of people living and working in space, we are building the sustainable infrastructure for our transport of crew and cargo from Earth to the Lunar Surface.

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.  As the Fuel Cell Modeling and Simulation Engineer, you will develop models and simulations of fuel cell stack and balance of plant components for real-time and non-real-time platforms. You will own and develop models and simulations which will be used to accelerate development activities, conduct detailed analyses, and explore trade spaces.

You will play a key role in developing the Lunar Transportation system that will return humans to the Moon and extend human presence permanently beyond the bounds of Earth.  We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Develop and validate fuel cell and balance of plant models for simulating generator processes using Matlab and Simscape/Simulink

  • Support the development of low and high-fidelity plant models, perform analysis, and design efficient logic algorithms and state machines to manage and control various mechanical & electrical actuators.

  • Conduct performance evaluations including Monte Carlo analysis

  • Develop and optimize component libraries to refine performance or add new features

  • Integrate models into closed-loop simulations with controls software

  • Integrate and test software solutions during real-time software-in-the-loop (SIL) and hardware-in-the loop (HIL) testing

  • Support certification activities related to DO-178/DO-254

  • Deliver simulations to customers to advise decisions and ensure requirements are met

  • Interact with design engineers across many subject areas to assist with and ensure validation of models


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or related technical subject areas

  • 5+ years of software development and debugging skills, particularly in C/C++, MATLAB, and Simulink

  • Experience auto coding Simulink to C++

  • Strong model development and debugging skills, particularly in C/C++, MATLAB, and Simscape/Simulink

  • Sound fundamentals in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and first principles physics-based mathematical models

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment while regularly providing imaginative and detailed technical solutions to complex problems

  • Ability to effectively use oral and written communication to express technical concepts to technical peers across a variety of engineering domains


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of dynamic modeling, specifically of thermal, fluid, and thermodynamic systems 

  • Experience anchoring first-principles models to higher-fidelity simulations or test data 

  • Experience developing real time models for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing

  • Experience modeling and analyzing control solutions with I/O transducers: displacement, rate, and acceleration sensors; pressure and temperature sensors; servo and solenoid actuators; etc.

  • Experience with configuration management

  • Experience with validation of aerospace simulations and models

  • Hands-on experience with testing frameworks and Continuous Integration (CI) pipelines such as Gitlab

  • Familiarity with DO-160, DO-178 and DO-254 or similar guidelines

Compensation range for on site CA applicants is
$136,800$191,520 USD

Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.



Benefits include:  Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program.

Paid Time Off:  Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays.

Discretionary bonus: Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

Eligibility for benefits varies by role type, please check with your recruiter for a comprehensive list of the benefits available for this role.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here.


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