Principal Aircraft Validation and Verification Engineer

Universal Hydrogen

Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

May 10

Universal Hydrogen has set out to change the world in the area that carbon emissions have affected it the most, aerospace. Our innovative engineering team is creating the first-ever hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain. This will be for a zero-emissions ATR72 aircraft and we need a Principal Verification and Validation Aircraft Engineer to help develop the lifecycle of this project. This opportunity will give you the chance to help a product come to life and change the world at the same time. Come join us as we revolutionize the aviation industry for the better!

About the Role 

  • Cascade and manage requirements from TPO and TLAR into lower-level documents and specifications.
  • Develop the V&V plan covering from the early phases until the EIS (entry to service) of the ATR72-Hydrogen program conversion (design, industrialization, ground and flight tests).
  • Manage timelines and set expectations to keep the projects on schedule while also achieving technical objectives as far as V&V activities and aircraft requirements are concerned. 
  • Organize and lead reviews with multidisciplinary engineering teams to meet necessary milestones of the program. 
  • Participate in safety reviews and system designs to provide inputs relating to current verification standards.

About You

  • Proven expertise in multiple system requirements and aircraft development (propulsion experience is a plus).
  • Expertise in the V&V process and aircraft requirements for lifecycle program development.
  • Background in the aircraft certification process would be a plus. 
  • Passion for managing expectations and driving deliverables from all members of a team.

About Us

At Universal Hydrogen, our mission is to fuel carbon-free flight and reduce the climate impact of air travel. We are stitching together the end-to-end hydrogen value chain for aviation, both for hydrogen fuel and hydrogen-powered airplanes. We are building a transport and logistics network that moves hydrogen from production facilities to airports over the existing freight infrastructure, eliminating the need for costly new pipelines and storage facilities. Our system utilizes specialized capsules that safely store hydrogen during transit and act as modular fuel tanks that load directly onto aircraft. We are also developing powertrain conversion kits to retrofit existing airplanes and enable new airplanes to fly on hydrogen. Founded by former executives from Airbus, United Technologies, Google, and DARPA, and backed by investors such as Playground Global, Tencent, Toyota, GE, JetBlue, and Airbus, we are convinced that hydrogen is the best and only scalable solution to truly decarbonize aviation, and we want to bring it to market decades sooner—by 2025.

We strive for a workplace that is open, friendly, and fun, while valuing focus, urgency, camaraderie, and maverick behavior in accomplishing our mission. We recognize that people have a diverse set of preferences for work conditions and hours that optimize their overall productivity and wellness, and both our cloud-based IT setup and flexible work policy reflect this. However, because we are building physical products, most roles will require working at our facility at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles or at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in Toulouse most of the time.

Our compensation and benefits package promotes transparency, equitability, and long-term employee well-being, while rewarding individual and team performance. This includes a significant variable pay component in the cash compensation, equity participation for all employees, 100% coverage of healthcare costs, and dog-friendly offices. As a young company, we are continually expanding our benefits, striving to provide our employees with the support they need to be their best both in and outside of the office. In the next few months, we are rolling out childcare support, catered meals, green mobility support, and private pilot (PPL) training—and we’re always open to feedback on what’s most important to you! 

We know that no two candidates are the same, and we want to give you the opportunity to present yourself in the best way possible. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can support a great recruitment process for you—whether that includes off-hours interview scheduling, captioning/transcription services, or other accommodations. We value diversity in all its forms, and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, especially if you share in our mission to decarbonize air travel.

Please note that for the health and safety of our employees, we require all employees to provide proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations as recommended by the CDC (or a valid exemption).

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Fueling Carbon-Free Flight