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Sr. Motor Control Systems Engineer

Company: Supernal
Location: Irvine
Posted on: September 20, 2023

Job Description:

Supernal is at the forefront of creating emerging mobility solutions that will foster the development of human-centered cities. We are designing a completely new electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft tailored to the mobility needs of future cities. This allows passengers a seamless intermodal journey that safely transports them to their final destination. We fuse research in autonomy, robotics, aviation and services to define a new category of mobility for the world's communities. 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.
What we do:
The Sr. Motor Control Systems Engineer is responsible for software, hardware, and algorithm development for the electric motor control units. This position works closely with Battery Research & Technology, Flight Control Systems, Vehicle Management Systems, and Test & Evaluation teams.
This position will be required to work on-site 5 days a week.
What you can do:

  • Coordinate requirement capturing and architectural definitions with Systems Engineering department
  • Capture system level requirements and specifications based on vehicle Key Performance Parameter (KPPs) and requirements. Help define requirements for motor control software and interfacing hardware components including all the sensors.
  • Perform validation of the requirements using simulation or test methods
  • Perform stability analysis to optimize the closed-loop control regulator dynamic performance
  • Participate in design, development, and implementation 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 suppliers and Supernal software team for software 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.
  • May require up to 10% of domestic and international travel.
  • Other duties as assigned

    What you can contribute:

    • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering specialized in the electric motor drive or power electronics required; Master's or Ph.D. preferred
    • Minimum five to eight (5-8) years of related experience in the development, design, modeling and implementation of control algorithms for electric motors (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)
    • Minimum two (2) years of experience in formal requirements capturing (e.g. in DOORS).
    • Minimum two (2) years of experience with aviation standards such as RTCA DO-178C, DO-254A, and DO-160; and SAE ARP4761 and ARP4754
    • In-depth knowledge and hands on experience of field-oriented control (FOC).
    • Experience with pulse width modulation (PWM) schemes including sine PWM and space vector PWM
    • Experience working with hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) systems and code generation
    • Advanced knowledge of power electronics products for EV powertrain: AC/DC converters, battery chargers, inverters, EMI filters, high voltage power distribution and others
    • Skilled in traditional (e.g. PID), multivariable, and advanced (e.g. Hinfinity, LQG, MPC) control system theory and its applications, including system modeling and simulation, linearization and stability analysis
    • Advanced understanding of EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) standards
    • Advanced understanding of electrical engineering protocols and standards
    • Advanced knowledge of DVP&R and DFMEA
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Proactive delivery of communication and follow up
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Must have the ability to independently prioritize and accomplish work within time constraints
    • Proficiency with Simulink or other multi-physics simulation tools

      You may also be able to contribute:

      • Basic proficiency with embedded firmware development in C/C++
      • Proficient with modeling, simulation and validation using Matlab/Simulink
      • Experience with multi-motor synchronization control system
      • Hands-on prototyping experience
      • Design experience with wide band gap devices
      • Experience with 500-1200 VDC systems
      • Experience working in aviation industry
      • Experience working with regulatory agencies

        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).
        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:$166,400—$232,960 USDClick or visit: to view our benefits!

Keywords: Supernal, Irvine , Sr. Motor Control Systems Engineer, Other , Irvine, California

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