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Principal Fuel Cell Controls Engineer



Everett, WA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2023

The company is focused on hydrogen-electric propulsion solutions to address a variety of markets, initially targeting a 300-mile range in 9–19 seat aircraft by 2025, and up to 700-mile range in 40–80 seat aircraft by 2027. Based in the UK and USA, ZeroAvia has passed significant flight test milestones, secured a number of key partnerships with major aircraft OEMs and major global airlines, and is on track for commercial operations in 2025. The company’s achievements to date were rewarded by the UK prime minister by inviting ZeroAvia as a member to the UK Jet Zero Council.
ZeroAvia’s powertrain development focuses on integrating hydrogen storage tanks, fuel cell systems, and electric motors, delivering a solution that will be not only without climate-impacting emissions but also cheaper to operate. The company’s hydrogen infrastructure team is seeking to deliver the hydrogen production and refuelling ecosystem required to fuel the transition to emission-free aviation.

Working within the fuel cell system controls team and in conjunction with the Power Generation teams, the Fuel cell controls engineer will be responsible for:

  • Development of the control strategy for optimized and efficient working of Fuel cell systems
  • Development of control strategy for each of the subsystems of the Fuel cell system (such as Anode system, Cathode system, Thermal system, Electrical system etc.)
  • Preparation of test cases to validate control software on HIL rig and FCS test bench
  • Defining dynamic behaviour and stability requirements for the Fuel cell system
  • Develop diagnostics and monitoring for Fuel cell systems as per aviation standards
  • Liaison with FCS systems engineer to provide software structures
  • Participating in systems design and integration reviews
  • Working to aviation systems engineering (ARP4754) and safety engineering (ARP4761) standards
  • Supporting planning and risk activities to ensure on time delivery of tasks and projects
  • Degree in relevant engineering disciplines such as Mechanical, Aviation, Powertrain, Electrical Engineering, Controls or a related field.
  • Proven track record in specifying/designing high-integrity or safety-critical control solutions
  • Experience in analysis of control systems, simulation and test verification of control system's behavior
  • Prior development of Control systems for Gas turbine engines fuel cell system applications or ICE Engine applications
  • Prior experience in the development of Compressor controls and software is beneficial
  • Knowledge of System Engineering development standard ARP4754, safety and certification processes
  • Prior experience in the usage of simulation tools such as ANSYS, MATLAB Simulink/Simscape, SCADE
  • Experience with MBSE in specifying, designing, analyzing and verifying systems
  • Appreciation of the complex challenges within the Fuel cell system for aviation and the balancing of system design attributes.
  • Experience of authoring and reviewing requirements using management tools

Diversity and inclusion

ZeroAvia is an equal opportunity employer and as a young company in the aviation industry, we value diversity and need people of different backgrounds that bring a plethora of skills, perspectives, and mindsets to the table that can spur originality, imagination, and creativity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.