Technical Writer / Documentation Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz
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.


As a Technical Writer / Documentation Engineer, you will be part of a fast scaling engineering team responsible for the quality, discoverability and accuracy of the documentation for the technologies related to an aircraft product. You will do hands-on research and obtain necessary technical content from subject matter experts while translating it into clear, concise, structured documentation. This means sometimes you are documenting something yourself, sometimes you are editing contributed content from someone else, and other times you are fixing and reorganizing existing documentation. In addition, this role may develop into a key player for knowledge management and technical architecture planning.


  • Gathers, analyzes, and composes information provided by subject matter experts (SME)
  • Experience writing and reviewing API specifications and documentation
  • Familiarity with open-source platforms and authoring/publishing tools for a "Docs-as-Code" approach (such as Git, Doxygen, RST/Sphinx, DITA XML, etc)
  • Experience building quality visualizations/diagrams to explain complicated concepts
  • Track documents during creation, review and approval processes, and throughout their life cycle
  • Ensure documentation runs through a review process (tools such as Jira and Collaborator)
  • Drive implementation of a companywide documentation system
  • Evaluate our current toolchain, suggest changes, and manage projects to update the toolchain with creativity and efficiency.
  • Familiarity with CI/CD methodologies and technologies (such as Jenkins, TeamCity, etc.).
  • Self-sufficiency with *nix command line


  • Experience developing and/or documenting applications using any of the following programming languages/APIs (such as Python, assembly, C/C++.)
  • Experience with diagraming tools such as, Visio, or LucidChart
  • Experience writing certification documents for the Federal Aviation Administration
  • Experience writing technical manuals
  • Knowledge of the aerospace industry


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