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Senior Structures Engineer - Stress ( All Genders)

Universal Hydrogen

Universal Hydrogen

Toulouse, France
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023

We’re looking for a Senior Structures Engineer (All Gender) to join our Structures Department based in Toulouse, France to support our journey to decarbonize the skies!

You will play a key role in the decarbonation of aviation thanks to your expertise in aerostructure required to integrate on aircraft new technologies including hydrogen fuel cell systems and megawatt-scale electric motors for the first time in commercial aviation.

You will also be working within a tight-knit and multidisciplinary team, rapidly iterating the design and testing of this cutting-edge hydrogen-electric powered aircraft. An ideal candidate would have flexibility to start at the beginning of 2024.

About the Role

Your main task is to contribute to the Powertrain Structural Integration. As a Senior Structures/Stress Engineer you will be in charge of the following missions:

  • Analyze parts, assemblies and drawings for our hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain and its associated subsystems.
  • Assess the installation of the powertrain subsystems inside the aircraft nacelle and the loads transferred to the nacelle and wing structure.
  • Assess the design implications of modifications to the ATR 72 fuselage structure including the installation of additional doors.
  • Engage with partners and suppliers on a regular basis to integrate their products into our digital mockups.
  • Participate in system and hardware design reviews.

About You

  • Knowledge of applicable main methods and processes for aeronautical metallic structural justification (static, fatigue, damage tolerance). Carbon fiber is a plus.
  • Knowledge of FEA & hand-calculation aeronautical structure analysis
  • Knowledge of CS25 primary structure certification criteria
  • Familiarity with CATIA software for the integration and design of components in line with aeronautical safety standards.
  • Previous experience in Engine Mounts/Pylons design and analysis is a plus.
  • Knowledge about aircraft conversion (STC) is a plus.
  • Experience in working with external suppliers/stakeholders on manufacturing and/or design to cost is a plus.

About Us

At Universal Hydrogen, our mission is to fuel carbon-free flight and reduce the climate impact of air travel. We are stitching together the end-to-end hydrogen value chain for aviation, both for hydrogen fuel and hydrogen-powered airplanes. We are building a transport and logistics network that moves hydrogen from production facilities to airports over the existing freight infrastructure, eliminating the need for costly new pipelines and storage facilities. Our system utilizes specialized capsules that safely store hydrogen during transit and act as modular fuel tanks that load directly onto aircraft. We are also developing powertrain conversion kits to retrofit existing airplanes and enable new airplanes to fly on hydrogen. Founded by former executives from Airbus, United Technologies, Google, and DARPA, and backed by investors such as Playground Global, Tencent, Toyota, GE, JetBlue, and Airbus, we are convinced that hydrogen is the best and only scalable solution to truly decarbonize aviation, and we want to bring it to market decades sooner—by 2026.

We strive for a workplace that is open, friendly, and fun, while valuing focus, urgency, camaraderie, and maverick behavior in accomplishing our mission. We recognize that people have a diverse set of preferences for work conditions and hours that optimize their overall productivity and wellness, and both our cloud-based IT setup and flexible work policy reflect this. However, because we are building physical products, most roles will require working at our facility at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles or at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in Toulouse most of the time.

Our compensation and benefits package promotes transparency, equitability, and long-term employee well-being, while rewarding individual and team performance. This includes a significant variable pay component in the cash compensation, equity participation for all employees, 100% coverage of healthcare costs, and dog-friendly offices. As a young company, we are continually expanding our benefits, striving to provide our employees with the support they need to be their best both in and outside of the office. In the next few months, we are rolling out childcare support, catered meals, green mobility support, and private pilot (PPL) training—and we’re always open to feedback on what’s most important to you!

We know that no two candidates are the same, and we want to give you the opportunity to present yourself in the best way possible. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can support a great recruitment process for you—whether that includes off-hours interview scheduling, captioning/transcription services, or other accommodations. We value diversity in all its forms, and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, especially if you share in our mission to decarbonize air travel.