Kittyhawk – Head of the 3D Printing Research Group – sUAS News

Here at Kittyhawk in Palo Alto, we are developing revolutionary all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) airplanes. It is designed to be extremely inexpensive, in part by taking advantage of new manufacturing techniques and materials, including 3D printing.

To help Kittyhawk evaluate and develop 3D printing technology for aerospace applications, we are launching a 3D Printing Research Group, which will work alongside our core engineering team in Palo Alto. This group will report to the CEO of Kittyhawk and should expect a lot of interest and involvement from the President of Kittyhawk.

The goal of this group is to expand the use of 3D printing in aerospace by developing technologies, techniques and materials that allow it to be stronger, lighter, cheaper and more scalable. This will involve the use of new materials, such as robotic arms and 5-axis machine tools, as well as the combination of different materials. It will also extend to the software used by these printers, including closed loop sensing and machine control.

The ideal candidate to lead this group will have a recent PhD in one of the following disciplines: materials science, advanced manufacturing, machine automation, CAD / CAM or industrial processes. For example, candidates who are currently post-docs in an academic lab focusing on one of these topics would be ideal. Experience in the aerospace industry is not required.

Within 3 months, you:

  • Establish a research roadmap in coordination with Kittyhawk Engineering
  • Set up the laboratory

Within 6 months, you:

  • Hire two more team members
  • Downselect to 2-3 research projects
  • Set milestones
  • Identify business partners

Within 12 months, you:

  • Demonstration of the first MVPs
  • Integrate the early work of the research group into the manufacture of Kittyhawk
  • Influence the design of the next Kittyhawk vehicle to use 3D printing technology more widely


  • Doctorate or equivalent in a related field: materials science, advanced manufacturing, machine automation, CAD / CAM or industrial processes
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in innovative additive manufacturing
  • Experience with 3D printing hardware and software
  • Robotics experience


  • Management experience
  • Manufacturing experience
  • Software development experience
  • Demonstrated interest in advanced aviation

We invite you to apply even if you do not meet all of the requirements posted for this position. No candidate will perfectly match our description, so if you are passionate about working on the next evolution of aviation and have a similar experience to what we are looking for, we encourage you to apply. Varied backgrounds and experiences foster innovation and our goal is to build a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skills.
Please note that as of August 15, 2021, all persons working on Kittyhawk Company premises will be required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Applicants can request an exception through the reasonable accommodation process.

Our head office is in Palo Alto and we offer a full benefit package including medical, dental, eye and life insurance, unlimited PTO days, 10 public holidays, a 401 (k) plan with 40% of corporate consideration (no vesting period), course grant theft, educational assistance and corporate sponsored social events. For those working on site, Kittyhawk also offers commuter assistance, along with free drinks and snacks.

Kittyhawk provides Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to the requirements of federal law, Kittyhawk complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in each location where the company has facilities. This policy applies to all conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, time off, compensation and training .
Kittyhawk is an E-Verify employer.


Margie D. Carlisle