Thermal Controls Engineer

Phoenix, Arizona


You’re passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special. You want to own your space but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects. The pace doesn’t scare you, it excites you. Quality and integrity matter to you.

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We’re currently on the lookout for a Thermal Controls Engineer that will be responsible for the development, implementation, optimization, and testing of thermal control algorithms. You will work closely with Nikola's powertrain controls engineers and embedded systems engineers to develop control systems for electric vehicle thermal management systems, as well as engage in calibration and testing of the systems. You will have experience working in a fast-paced environment.

You come with:

  • Years of experience 5+
  • Strong knowledge in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Experience in developing thermal control algorithms
  • Experience with embedded control of refrigerant systems. (i.e. Compressors, EXVs, Evaporators)
  • Experience with embedded control of fluid-fluid and fluid-air cooling system components. (i.e. Fans, Pumps, Valves)
  • Strong background in 1-D modeling and simulation of thermal systems (no CFD)
  • Strong background in model-based System Design in MATLAB/Simulink environment
  • Solid understanding of system/component design/development processes
  • Familiar with git version control
Preferred Experience:
  • Years of experience 8+
  • Knowledge of classical control theory, optimal controls, adaptive controls, MPC, ECMS, and state-space modeling
  • Familiarity with tools such as Vector CANalyzer, CANoe, CANape
  • Familiarity with SimScape
  • Proficiency with CAN, LIN Communication Protocols

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization. This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.



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