Who we are: 

Archer is an aerospace company based in Palo Alto, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 60 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise. 

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

What you’ll do:

  • Support vehicle aerodynamic design through all phases of the project, from conceptual design to certification
  • Design and optimize vehicle components to minimize drag and improve performance
  • Perform aerodynamic simulations of the vehicle using low- and mid- fidelity tools
  • Assess vehicle performance with and without failures throughout the flight envelope
  • Develop aerodynamic databases for use in 6 degree-of-freedom simulation models
  • Contribute to the development of Archer in-house aerodynamic mid-fidelity tool
  • Contribute to the development of Archer in-house MDO vehicle sizing and analysis tool

What you need:

  • 5+ years of experience with BS, or 3+ years of experience with MS, or 0-2 years of experience with PhD modeling rotorcraft, tiltrotor, eVTOL aerodynamics
  • BS / MS / PhD in Aeronautics Engineering or related fields
  • Strong understanding of fixed-wing and rotorcraft aerodynamics
  • Strong theoretical background in fluid mechanics and mathematics
  • Experience with XFoil, AVL, XRotor or similar low-fidelity aero simulation tools
  • Experience with mid-fidelity aero simulation tools, including potential flow, free wake, and particle wake solvers. User experience is required, developer experience is a plus
  • Experience modeling eVTOL and/or multicopter vehicles
  • Proficiency in Python and/or Matlab scripting. Experience in coding in Fortran is a plus
  • Familiarity with software development best practices and version control
  • Strong technical, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in groups and individually
  • Experience in a fast-paced design environment

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Experience with surface parametrization and aerodynamic shape optimization
  • Experience with gradient-based and gradient-free optimization techniques
  • Experience with MDO methods applied to aircraft sizing and design 
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art surrogate modeling techniques
  • Familiarity with rotorcraft aeromechanics simulation software
  • Familiarity with aircraft and rotorcraft certification standards (14 CFR Part 23, 25 and 27)
  • Familiarity with high-performance computing hardware and software


Archer is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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