Senior structural engineer

Our mission at DRONAMICS is to democratize air freight through innovation. Our goal is to help reach more people at a lower cost and less impact on the environment. To achieve this, we have developed a new type of cargo aircraft, one that is small, autonomous and powered by energy efficient technology. It can transport 350 KG over 2,500 KM and has a lower operating cost than any other current aircraft. It flies autonomously, can be monitored and managed remotely via satellite, and the whole system costs less than a sports car. This is the kind of technology that can transform whole economies.

 

At first, it didn't sound possible, but we keep proving it is, which is why we've called it “The Black Swan”. It can land on short and unpaved runways, enabling on-demand point-to-point flights and speedy same-day delivery even to the most remote locations that would otherwise take days to reach over ground or sea. 

 

We are starting with domestic air networks in Europe, Australia and Canada with fleets of the Black Swan, taking advantage of the multitude of small airfields that are often unused, training local personnel as drone and logistics operators, and partnering with local industry to provide a valuable lifeline of getting goods in and out of small, remote, mountainous and/or island communities within hours at a cost that is often below even that of road transportation.

 

We believe that same-day shipping for everyone is the future, and our goal is to enable same-day deliveries for every single person on the planet at a cost that everyone, everywhere can afford. 

 
THE ROLE

The Structural Engineer is responsible for the design of the aircraft structure that must endure the stresses and pressures inflicted during flight and landing. You will configure structures, choose appropriate material, inspect the manufacturing process, and ensure the structural soundness of the aircraft structure. Your role is multidisciplinary, and you will be working closely with other design engineers, as well as with colleagues across a number of functions, including production, avionics, testing, and operations. Given the frequency of international partnerships, strong communication skills and English language proficiency are both very important, and needless to say the ability to work as part of a team is crucial.​

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Work proactively with the design team to optimize the airframe construction (assess load paths, review part stiffness, strength and mass)

  • Assess structural jointing methodologies

  • Assess and optimize detailed composite construction for individual components

  • Perform detailed structural analysis, using FE and classical techniques to demonstrate structural safety in accordance with the design regulations

  • Prepare formal structural reports for external assessment

  • Assess commercially available materials, review properties and select appropriately.

  • Develop structural test procedures and oversee physical tests

  • Assist with the development of composite repair strategies

  • Working closely with engineers from different disciplines in very dynamic environment

  • Provide support to the Production team to resolve manufacturing issues

  • Actively mentor less experienced team members as part of their growth

  • Focusing on continuing improvement of processes and ways of working

 
 
REQUIREMENTS
  • Bachelor degree in Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering or equivalent experience

  • Experience leading complex projects

  • Proficient in ANSYS ACP, Static Structural, Design Modeler

  • Proficient in MATLAB

  • Solid understanding of hand Calculations of stresses and failures in composites structures

  • Good understanding of Aircraft load cases

  • Good understanding of Static Mechanics

  • Good understanding of Composite structures

  • Good understanding of stiffened shell structures

  • Scripting knowledge in Python and APDL

  • Proficiency in a CAD package (3DExperience, CATIA, NX, Creo, Solidworks)

  • Proficient use of Excel

  • Fluency in English (verbal/written)

  • Experience leading multiple projects simultaneously

  • Team player

  • Mentoring skills

  • Attention to Detail

  • Good problem-solving skills

 
WE OFFER
  • A competitive compensation package for a Series A company

  • Lots of opportunities for personal and professional growth on a global level

  • Tons of work, zero office politics - we are here to impact the lives of millions of people around the world

  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to frame the future of how the world moves goods

 
 
LOCATION

  • This role can be remote or in Bulgaria

    If you’re interested, please apply by sending us your CV and Cover Letter. We are always looking for people who want to grow our business and nurture our culture and we’d love to hear more about you in your cover letter. Rather than ask you for the same old standard letter, we are very interested in the following things:

    • What excites you about our business opportunity?

    • Why are you our number one pick for this role?

    • What about you makes you ideally suited to a startup environment?

    • What is your understanding of an inclusive work culture?

 

We are looking forward to hearing from you and thanks in advance for considering a career at Dronamics. We’ll be in touch to arrange an interview if we think that there is a potential fit, but if you don’t hear from us please contact us again if you see us post other opportunities that interest you in the future.