Design and Performance Engineer: Hydro

Auckland /
Engineering /
Full Time
Seachange is a startup developing electric, hydrofoiling car ferries. Our mission is to change the way people travel - building a new kind of ferry that's 3x faster, carbon-free, and passengers will be excited to take.

We've attracted a world-class team to join our mission, and we'd love you to be a part of it. Our engineers have won America's Cups, built iconic global businesses, and won international sporting competitions. Our technology has been proven with a series of scale prototypes, and now we're working on building a full-scale ferry.

We're looking for a Design and Performance Engineer specializing in hydrodynamic modeling and design to take the experience of ferry transit to the next level. This role has a really broad mandate - from running CFD calculations to inform critical design decisions to increase hydro efficiency, writing code to add features to the real-time "flight" simulator, running batches of simulations to increase understanding of key set point and design parameters, working with controls system engineers to optimize vessel speed and comfort, and determining propulsion and energy requirements as a consequence of aero/hydro drag.

On our small team, you'll get exposure to everything that goes into building a cutting-edge boat. We're looking for someone willing to roll up their sleeve and work with software, mechanical, structural, electrical, controls engineers as well as boatbuilders, vendors, surveyors, and technicians as we move the boat through design, build, and validation.

Car ferries and fast ferries emit 35 million tonnes of CO2 per year (about 0.1% of global emissions). We won't solve climate change on our own - but a few hundred crazy, passionate companies like ours will collectively move the needle on humanity's future. This mission isn't possible without amazing engineers. If you want to use your talents to build cool stuff and make the world better - Seachange is for you.

The candidate is expected to contribute to a range of the following:

    • A background in solving complex design problems using a range of computational tools and simulations
    • Experience in running high quality 2D and 3D CFD simulations to inform aero/hydrodynamic performance and loading conditions
    • A robust understanding of geometry optimization within the context of multi-variate design problems
    • A firm grasp of 6DOF rigid body dynamics
    • An intuition for hydro design elements to improve vessel performance
    • Fluency in Python and JavaScript to enable important contributions to the boat simulation software
    • A love of the water, and a desire to use your skills to build a better world
Seachange is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and is determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race.