Director, Module Design

Universal Hydrogen

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

May 10

Are you ready to revolutionize hydrogen fuel delivery for commercial aviation? In this role, you will build a team of brilliant engineers responsible for the development of our hydrogen storage modules that form the basis of our hydrogen logistics network for aviation and other sectors. You will lead the development of the module architecture that needs to be highly weight focussed. This role offers an exciting opportunity for you to demonstrate creativity, problem-solving, and innovative design solutions in a fast-paced, energetic startup environment. Our mission is simple: to decarbonize aviation and you will play a critical role in making that goal a reality.  

About the Role 

  • Lead the development of hydrogen storage modules for a wide range of applications.
  • Drive product architecture, including the application of systems, engineering principles, and processes.
  • Lead the development of security engineering designs to help monitor the health of our hydrogen module technology.  
  • Define materials, manufacturing methods, and processes to improve efficiency throughout the organization.
  • Develop and oversee the execution of test plans for verification and validation of selected designs.

About You

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team developing new technology that goes beyond existing design practices.
  • Technical background in complex systems design in aviation.
  • Experience with systems engineering theory and practice.
  • Ability to make decisions to prioritize and direct the team to pursue competing designs to deliver the best solutions quickly.
  • Experience with material test standards and regulations, preferably for aviation certification.

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 also 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, JetBlue, Toyota, 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 culture that is empowered, collaborative, open, and human-centered. We are driven by a sense of urgency to address climate change through the near-term decarbonization of commercial aviation. We recognize that people have a diverse set of preferences for work conditions and hours that optimize for their overall productivity and wellness, and both our cloud-based IT setup and flexible work policy reflects this. However, because we are building physical products, most roles will require working at our facility at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles 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 cash bonuses and significant equity participation for all salaried employees, employer-paid health insurance coverage, generous parental leave, a pet-friendly headquarters located at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles, and generous paid time off. As a young company, we are actively working to expand the benefits we provide—including childcare, retirement, parental, and mental health benefits—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