Hiring 3 Lead UAV Software Engineers and multiple Technical Software Engineers

A leading independent drone delivery company intends to hire three (3) Lead Software Engineers and multiple Technical Software Engineers. The Lead Software Engineers and Technical Software Engineers will develop the company’s autopilot, ground control, user interface and integration software. These are ground-floor software development roles for a hyper-growth startup. The company likens their culture and environment to that of a Skunkworks, and the work is detail oriented, and extremely fast paced. This position is based in the Lake Tahoe/Reno Nevada area.
To achieve the mission for this position, the Lead Software Engineers and Technical Software Engineers must produce the following software systems:
Autopilot: Create the software for the company’s autopilot system. This will be aerospace and defense level autopilot built with a mindset of safety, reliability, and certifiability. Experience with autopilot software used in VTOL vehicles is ideal, rotorwing is secondary, and fixed wing is acceptable.
Ground Control: Create the software for ground control systems that autonomously manage multiple deliveries and multiple vehicles. Create the software for the network or marketplace that, when someone requests a drone, the nearest is ordered for them. These systems are somewhat analogous to the flight management system on an aircraft, and air traffic control tower.
Interface and Integration: Create the software that integrates the order process from the partner side (i.e. the company from whom the goods are being ordered), with the end customer / end user (i.e. the individual ordering the goods / to whom the goods will be delivered). In both instances this requires building robust yet simple to use software systems with a critical focus placed on customer experience. Such systems will include GUI and app development.
The ideal candidate will have the following education, work history, knowledge and skills.
Education: Bachelors’ Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or Information Systems required. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.
Experience: Prior coding experience in an aerospace or defense environment is required. The ideal candidate will have worked on vehicles or systems supporting VTOL, rotorwing, or fixed wing aircraft. For the Lead Software Engineers, prior management experience and experience writing code in at least one of the following areas is required: autopilot systems, ground control systems or GUI and app development experience. The Lead Software Engineers should be able to collaborate together, devise and visualize how all software (autopilot, ground control, and GUI and mobile app) will work together.
Knowledge and skills:
Expertise in one or more programming languages, including Java, C++, C#, etc.
Understanding of FAA certification, including design of software under DO-178 is highly desirable.
Ability to build with robustness and practicality in mind – the company is seeking the thoroughness of aerospace vs. the patchwork of tech. This role also requires practical real-world application, not theoretical or academic.
Any experience with any combination of the following are highly desirable: Unmanned Vehicles (aerial or ground), Algorithms for Autopilot, Model-Based Design and/or Test, Command & Control, Sense & Avoid, TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems), Autonomous Traffic Control Systems, Ground Control Stations, Flight Controls or Cockpit Avionics Systems, Machine Learning, Mission Sequencing/Systems, Payload Control, Redundancy, Uplink/Downlink Packet Software Encoding/Decoding, GNC (Guidance, Navigation & Control), Model-based Design and/or test, Inertial Sensors, Swarming, Safety Critical & Real Time Platforms, Multi-Vehicle Network Architectures, GUI and App Development, CMMI, DO-178B.
Contact: Sharon Baker |