Junior Systems Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz
Systems Engineering
Regular Full-Time

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the Joby Aviation team has been steadily working toward our goal of providing safe, affordable, fully electric air transportation that is accessible to everyone. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the congestion below, giving you back that time you’d otherwise spend sitting in traffic. Technology has advanced to the point where designing and operating an all-electric aircraft is completely viable. Our team has been discreetly designing and flight testing this vehicle and is looking for talented individuals to see it through certification and high rate production.


Joby Aviation is looking for a passionate engineer that can join our growing team. This is a multidisciplinary position that provides the engineer a chance to interact with many of the key teams within the company. The Systems Engineers will own the architecture, integration, and life-cycle success of a single or multiple aircraft systems, ranging from requirements management, development, certification, and entry into service. Systems Engineers will coordinate between the various departments - Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software, Flight Test, Manufacturing, Operations - as necessary to ensure the technical success of their systems. The Systems Engineers will work very closely with FAA Engineers and Joby DERs to ensure their responsible systems comply with all federal airworthiness regulations.

This position requires a basic understanding of aircraft systems, system development, and industry specific certification processes. The most important traits at Joby are a positive attitude towards the project, strong work ethic, and being able to self-manage and learn new skills. Forward thinking and the ability to adapt quickly to a fast-paced environment are a must.


  • Generate, review, approve, and manage system requirements – including but not limited to regulatory, safety, human factors, design, environmental, manufacturing, quality, operational, and service requirements.
  • Serve as the system-level focal point for integration and coordination activities with various departments and the certification authorities.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary design reviews throughout the different phases of development, certification, and production readiness as required to coordinate and communicate system design projects.
  • Assist with trade studies, analyses, and test programs as necessary to validate system architectures meet all requirements.
  • Generate and review:
          --System safety analyses, such as FHAs, FTAs, CCAs, etc.
          --Engineering drawings, schematics, and design specifications.
          --System and equipment test plans and reports.
          --Compliance documentation.
          --System engineering processes.
  • Coordinate as required to execute and manage system design projects, testing, certification, production readiness, etc.
  • Work with various company departments to ensure equipment and low-level designs meet all system and aircraft-level requirements.
  • Various project management tasks as required.


  • A passion for aircraft, engineering and electric air transportation
  • Self-starter and able to learn on the job. 
  • Skilled at creating and reviewing technical schematics, logical and functional diagrams, and engineering specifications.
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering required; Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering preferred.
  • Excellent problem solving, communication, and technical writing skills. 
  • Basic knowledge of FAA regulations and guidance material and industry standards.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Docs.


  • Working knowledge of 2X.1309 analyses and processes, including Advisory Circular 23.1309-1E, SAE ARP 4761, and SAE ARP 4754A.
  • Working knowledge of DO-160G environmental qualification.
  • Previous experience with aircraft systems.
  • 2+ years of relevant industry experience.
  • Private pilot certificate or higher.


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