Airware is hiring a

Senior UAV Flight Controls Engineer

San Francisco, United States

Best part of working at Airware? We get to see our work fly!

Airware Flight Controls Engineers take projects from concept and design to test and flight. You’ll work closely on the development of our autopilot software which is responsible for controlling all aspects of flight on a variety of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Projects range from high-level vehicle guidance logic to low-level control loops and navigation filters.

Sample projects

  • Design flight path guidance logic in Simulink, lead implementation on real-time embedded hardware, debug using a hardware-in-the-loop simulator and perform flight testing.
  • Utilize advanced control techniques to improve autopilot robustness to a wide range of aircraft types and flight conditions.
  • Implement a high-level contingency manager that makes decisions autonomously during off-nominal flight conditions.
  • Augment the inertial navigation system with a wind speed/direction estimation filter, verifying expected accuracy and numerical stability.

Necessary skills and experience

  • Experience designing a variety of flight controllers in MATLAB/Simulink, analysis through formal stability criteria, non-linear simulation, and flight testing in the field.
  • Proven ability to implement flight software on real-time embedded systems.
  • Working knowledge of inertial navigation systems and state estimation filters (including Extended Kalman Filters).
  • Ability to analyze flight data and produce actionable conclusions.
  • Hands-on experience with electronics, embedded systems, autopilots, or robotics.

How to Apply and What to Expect:

In addition to a resume, please include a short explanation of your background, accomplishments (links to past projects are always helpful), and what excites you about Airware. This will help us to get a multi-dimensional view of who you are and connect you with the right person at Airware.

Be prepared to have a detailed technical discussion with a member of our team over the phone or via video chat. Be prepared to spend a half-day at our office with the Airware team.

About Airware:

Airware offers complete enterprise drone solutions that are built on the Aerial Information Platform, so that aerial data becomes an extension of a company’s existing data management systems. Airware’s comprehensive set of technology enables enterprises to plan, capture, and analyze aerial data, all within an enterprise workflow.  Based in San Francisco, Airware has built a cross-disciplinary team of experts in aerospace, robotics, geospatial, hardware, software, and cloud. Founded in 2011, Airware has raised more than $70 million to date from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Next World Capital, First Round Capital, Google Ventures, GE Ventures, and Intel Capital.

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