Vehicle Aerodynamicist (Test)

Irvine, CA /
Engineering and Programs – Attributes and Performance /
Full Time
This is what you’ll do:
 Lead vehicle external aerodynamic design through physical testing
·         Design and co-ordinate wind tunnel model builds
·         Conceptualize, configure, implement and post process test instrumentation
·         Correlate CFD simulations with both scale and full-scale wind tunnel tests
·         Compile and present reports with test results
·         Collaborate with the Studio, Body, Chassis, Thermal and NVH teams
·         Propose solutions to issues when found
·         Design experiments to support Aero-Thermal group activities
·         Develop and improve testing methodology to improve workflow efficiency and correlation with simulations
·         Assist with CFD model preparation
·         Lead individual efforts and perform as part of cross-functional team
This is what you’ll need:
·         Engineering (Mechanical or Aerospace) Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree from an accredited University
·         Wind tunnel testing experience in both full and reduced scale facilities, both moving and fixed ground
·         Instrumentation and data collection experience (Pressure tapping, anemometers, load cells, LabView)
·         CAD or class A surfacing experience (CATIA, Solidworks, NX, ALIAS)
·         Mechanical design experience relevant to a testing environment
·         Experience using Canalyzer and/or Labview preferred  
·         Geometry and Mesh Preparation experience (ANSA, ICEM) desirable
·         CFD software experience (OpenFOAM, StarCCM+, Fluent, Powerflow) strongly preferred
·         Proven track record of problem solving and independent root cause analysis
·         5+ years’ experience in external aerodynamics preferred
·         Automotive/Motorsport/FSAE experience desirable
This is where you’ll work:
Department: Simulation & Attributes
Location: Irvine, CA
Rivian description:
At Rivian, we’re reimagining what mobility can be. Beyond redesigning the automobile, we’re rethinking the entire ecosystem. From excitement to sustainability, utility to comfort, we’re working to deliver joyful mobility experiences without the pain points of today.
Our diverse team shares an innate curiosity for the world, a willingness to see things differently, and a passion for getting things done. We never stand still in our pursuit of progress, and we’re looking for the best and brightest talent to accelerate our vision toward future mobility.
Rivian has development centers in the Detroit area, San Jose, Irvine, and the UK, as well as a manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois. The development of our first set of products is well underway, with the alpha prototypes complete and testing in process. 
Rivian is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Rivian is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Rivian are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Rivian will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Rivian encourages applicants of all ages.