Aerodynamics Engineer

San Diego, California
May 26, 2024
Jun 10, 2024
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
Natilus is seeking an aerodynamicist to join the engineering team. The aerodynamicist will design, build, and test prototype experimental aircraft in a fast-paced research and development environment, and with significant vertical responsibility. The work will span preliminary design, part and assembly design, system design, manufacturing support, and flight test engineering support. Typically, this work includes design of a BWB aircraft with full aerodynamic analysis of the vehicle as a whole, including control surfaces, thrust lines, trim, stability and control. Full scale CFD analysis and wind tunnel testing will also be required.

Natilus is building a large 19,000 lbs unmanned aerial vehicle powered by twin turbo props and is a Blended Wing Body with the sole purpose of carrying cargo. It will be the first of its kind and the first BWB put into production.

US Citzens or Permanent Residents may applyRequirements

Expert knowledge of fluid dynamics

Experience with at least one viscous CFD code ( OVERFLOW, FUN3D, or CFD )

Ability to use CFD code for grid generation, execution, post processing and analysis of results

Wind tunnel experience

Strong problem solving, organizational, and communication skills

A minimum of three years or directly related work experience

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace or Mechanical engineering

Understanding of Stability Control and Performance hand calculations

Experience with flight testing and flight test plans

Understanding of aircraft certification and FAR Part 23 regulations

Experience with drafting certification documentation

Desired Qualifications

4 or more years of experience in a directly related roll

Masters or PhD in Aerospace Engineering

C/C++ and Matlab programming experience


Experience in programming an in-house performance tool

Unigraphics/NX, Solidworks or CATIA lofting experience

Have been through an entire aircraft program

Competitive market analysis

Lifting surface sizing

Comfort with Hoerner and other classical methods


Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)

Retirement Plan (401k, IRA)

Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)

Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)

Stock Option Plan

Natilus Inc hires solely based on qualifications, merit and competence. Natilus Inc is an equal opportunity employer. Natilus Inc does not hire on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.