Senior Staff Aerodynamics Stability and Control / Performance Engineer at Wisk Aero | Powderkeg

Location: Remote, United States

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Flight Physics

At Wisk, we're transforming the future of urban mobility through safe, all- electric, autonomous flight. We are a passionate team working together toward a sustainable future, solving high-impact problems that have never been solved before. By delivering everyday flight for everyone, we're making it possible to spend less time getting there and more time being there. If you want to be part of shaping the future of mobility, then read on!

We are looking for a Sr. Staff Stability and Control Engineer to join our team. The goal of a Sr. Staff Stability and Control Engineer at Wisk is to ensure that Wisk vehicle meets Stability and Control requirements and predict vehicle performance in accordance with certification requirements. You will be part of the Flight Dynamics team that provides Aerodynamics, Acoustics, Loads, and Dynamics analysis.

Why we need you:

  • With that vision in mind, we are looking for an Sr. Staff Stability and Control or Performance Engineer to join our Flight Dynamics team. The goal of the S&C and Performance group at Wisk is to Create, modify, and run in-house tools to perform linear and non-linear stability and control analysis and/or estimate critical performance parameters, such as stall speeds, best rate of climb, climb ceiling, maximum range, noise profiles and energy reserves to build the first fully autonomous all-electric aircraft that performs and operates safely in an urban air-mobility environment. In support of this goal, you will be part of the (functional organization) team that (insert specific functional team outcomes) Your goal is to make sure that (insert desired outcomes). Your mission is to (insert desired outcomes.)
  • The successful candidate has direct hands-on experience developing and building type certified aircraft, from initial concept through flight testing and certification, with the technical breadth necessary to interface with all engineering functions such as Systems & Safety Engineering, Hardware, Software, Manufacturing, Test, and Certification. In this role, the candidate must be a highly motivated, self-starting individual with a broad set of skills and never afraid of facing complex technical challenges.

What you will do:

  • Create, modify, and run in-house tools for performance analysis, including but not limited to, take off, transition, climb, cruise, descent and landing
  • Estimate critical performance parameters, such as stall speeds, best rate of climb, climb ceiling, maximum range, noise profiles and energy reserves
  • Develop and validate physics-based performance models that include mathematical models of various rotorcraft components (tilt rotors, vertical rotors, batteries, fuselage)
  • Participate in wind-tunnel/flight testing and analyze data to support performance validation
  • Suggest, develop, and improve tools & processes for performance analysis and optimization of flight mission planning for an autonomous aircraft
  • Author methodology documents to support certification with FAR Part 23/135 requirements

What you have done:

  • B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, or another relevant discipline
  • 8+ years of experience doing detailed performance analysis on fixed wing aircraft and/or rotorcraft
  • Gained strong knowledge of performance methodologies and associated software development for performance data reduction & expansion tools
  • Developed performance data for inclusion in Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM), Flight Planning and Cruise Control Manual (FPCCM), etc.
  • Ability to question traditional assumptions and apply your knowledge to novel eVTOL designs and operational scenarios
  • Knowledge of Aircraft Certification Processes and Standards for FAA Part 23, Subpart B
  • Excellent understanding of key concepts and equations for performance and handling qualities analysis
  • Experience with scripting languages (Fortran, Python and MATLAB) and automation


  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or another relevant discipline
  • 12+ years of aircraft performance analysis experience working on complex aerospace systems
  • Understanding of fixed-wing and/or rotorcraft aerodynamics, including familiarity with the use of RANS CFD codes and lower fidelity tools such as Xfoil & AVL
  • Previous FAA Part 23/25 and/or Part 27 certification program experience preferred
  • FAA Flight Analyst Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for Part 23/25/27
  • Knowledge of rotorcraft performance and the theories associated with propeller and rotor-driven propulsion
  • Experience with aircraft and/or rotorcraft control actuation systems
  • Experience with wind tunnel, simulation and flight tests for aircraft performance and flight characteristics

Who you are:

  • You are a highly motivated, self starting individual with a broad set of skills and never afraid of facing complex technical challenges
  • You are a solution oriented individual with a strong analytical mindset
  • You have strong communication skills and can easily tailor your communications to suit the audience
  • You can adapt quickly or propose changes needed to achieve early results in a timely fashion
  • You embrace challenges and take commitments and deliver results within reasonable expectations
  • You are a positive team player

We are located in Mountain View just a couple of hundred feet from Shoreline Lake and its surrounding walking/jogging trails. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance (company pays 100% of employee premium), alternative work schedule (9/80), flexible time off, 10 company holidays, a 401(k) plan with 50% company matching (no vesting period), commuter assistance, and education assistance. And on top of all that, we also offer a variety of perks such as flight lessons, wellness subsidies, employee referral bonus, charitable giving match, IP bonus program, happy hours and many more.

Wisk Aero provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Wisk Aero abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Wisk Aero is an E-Verify employer.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Senior Staff Aerodynamics Stability and Control / Performance Engineer
  • Company
    Wisk Aero
  • Location
    Mountain View, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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