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Date Posted Feb. 23, 2024 Job ID 5900349003
Job Description

Sr. Systems Engineer

Irvine, CA


Rise above. Are you ready to take human possibility to a new dimension with us?

Supernal is an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company that’s developing an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle and the ground-to-air ecosystem to support the emerging industry. By creating a sustainable, integrated, and human-centered ecosystem, we are committed to taking a thoughtful and responsible approach to entering the AAM market with a product that meets the high level of safety and reliability in today’s air transportation system.

The future of mobility starts with people. We believe in creative thinking and collaboration to help build a better mobility experience for everyone, improving people’s ability to move – whether for work or play. Join our dynamic team as we strive to be a part of something greater where potential powers tomorrow!

Supernal provides an inviting open-space workplace designed to foster collaboration, which aligns with one of our core values. This position is required to work on-site 5 days a week.

What we do: 

The Sr. Systems Engineer is responsible for the overall development of the EPU system (electric motor/inverter/gearbox) by establishing the system architecture, defining requirements, and creating and analyzing system safety (software and hardware). This position helps to define the system standard methodologies and system philosophy. This includes coordination of internal resources at Supernal for joint development collaboration with external suppliers. This position will work closely with Battery Research & Technology, Flight Control Systems, Vehicle Management Systems, and Test & Evaluation teams.    #FJ

What you can do:

  • Coordinate requirement capturing and architectural definitions with Supernal internal partners
  • Fulfill the flow down of requirements to support the supplier’s development of components
  • Perform validation of the requirements using simulation or test methods
  • Ensure Verification activities are defined, implemented, and traced back to EPU requirements
  • Participate in design reviews to validate supplier’s efforts on the development of motor controls algorithms for permanent magnet and induction motors
  • Work directly with engineers to define test plans, verification procedures, and review results
  • Assist with execution of test and verification of control algorithms using hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and dyno test bench
  • Provide technical guidance and oversight to supplier's EPU system development life cycle
  • Define and mature mechanical, electrical, and communication interfaces with aircraft systems that include airframe, wiring, transmissions, and vehicle management systems
  • Collaborate with suppliers/partners on technical development topics to ensure program milestones are achieved
  • Collaborate with Supernal internal resources to perform System Safety Assessment (according to ARP4761)
  • Coordinate with suppliers on the development of system safety assessment aspects for their scope of work
  • Collaborate with the project management team to establish realistic schedules, budgets, and resource allocation for successful project execution using task management software
  • Provide technical leadership and mentorship to junior engineers, fostering a culture of innovation and excellence within the engineering team
  • Ensure documentation of design decisions, system configurations, and testing procedures are accurate and comprehensive
  • Partner with PMO organization to implement build plan
  • Up to 10% of domestic and international travel
  • Other duties as assigned

What you can contribute:

  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace, electrical, or a relevant engineering field required
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in powertrain/propulsion systems engineering field (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience informal requirements capturing (e.g. in DOORS)
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience with aviation standards such as DO-160; SAE ARP4761, and ARP4754
  • Experienced with system safety, including analyzing fault trees, system safety reliability, FHA, SSAs, common mode analysis, and zonal analysis
  • Experience with the development of electric motors and/or power electronics
  • Experience with motor control algorithms and software development
  • Experience working with software-in-the-loop (SIL) systems
  • Experience working with hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) systems and code generation

You may also be able to contribute:

  • Knowledge of RTCA DO-178C and DO-254A preferred
  • Knowledge of JIRA and Confluence preferred
  • Knowledge of Model Based Systems Engineering tools (e.g. CAMEO) and methodologies (e.g. SysML) preferred
  • Hands-on experience preferred
  • Experience with 500-1200 VDC systems preferred
  • Experience working in the aviation industry preferred
  • Experience working with regulatory agencies preferred

Base pay offered may vary depending on skills, experience, job-related knowledge and location. This position is also eligible for a bonus as part of total compensation.

The pay range for this position is:
$180,100$218,300 USD

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Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check. 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, citizenship, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other category or class protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation at:

This position may include access to certain technology and/or software source code subject to U.S. export controls laws and regulations. If an export authorization from an applicable US regulatory agency is required in connection with your employment, your employment is contingent upon Supernal’s receipt of such regulatory authorization(s) and your continued compliance with all conditions and limitations pursuant to such authorization(s).