Joby Aviation

Senior Systems Engineer, Human Factors

Job Locations US-CA-Marina
Regular Full-Time

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the team at Joby Aviation is driven by our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine a piloted air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly carries you and your fellow passengers over the congested city streets below, enabling you to spend more time with the people and places that matter most.Since 2009, our team has worked steadily to make this dream a reality. We’ve designed and tested many generations of prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented, committed individuals to join our team as we push onwards toward certifying the Joby aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, scaling our manufacturing, and preparing to launch commercial service in 2025.


The Human Factors Certification Engineer will be the focal for concept development and validation, systems integration, and certification activities related to Human Factors aspects of the aircraft design. This role will serve as the internal Subject Matter Expert as well as the primary external point of contact with regulatory agencies, industry standards groups, and suppliers for Human Factors considerations. 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.
It is preferred that this individual be an FAA DER or candidate.


This position will be responsible for working with multiple engineering and pilot teams to:
  • Establish design philosophies and strategies for Human Factors considerations, including Simplified Vehicle Operations
  • Execute design development activities for Human Factors, including mock-ups, simulators, and user feedback studies
  • Lead certification planning for Human Factors considerations
  • Convey requirements in a way that clearly breaks down the product objectives, regulations, and guidance material into specific and verifiable requirements
  • Review designs, develop solutions, and ensure compliance with company objectives and airworthiness standards
  • Determining and interpreting the certification basis and establishing the compliance strategy – including means and methods of compliance
  • Developing, reviewing, and approving certification-related documents, including 
    • Issue Papers, Special Conditions, Equivalent Levels of Safety, etc.
    • Certification Plans and Summaries
    • Test Plans and Reports
    • Design and Analysis Reports
  • Planning out test campaigns, overseeing test article fabrication, and witnessing tests in order demonstrate applicable design show compliance with airworthiness standards
  • Interfacing with certification authorities as required (FAA, EASA, etc.) 
  • Mentoring junior engineers 


  • An expert level understanding of design standards and verification methods for Human Factors aspects of airplanes and helicopters
  • Previous experience with Human Factors aspects of aircraft development
  • Previous FAA certification experience
  • Working knowledge of 14 CFR Part 23 regulations and guidance material
  • The ability to question assumptions in regulations, guidance material, and engineering specifications
  • The ability to read, review, and create engineering specifications and drawings
  • At least 10 years of relevant aviation or aerospace industry experience
  • A Bachelor’s of Science in an applicable engineering discipline
  • Proficient in English
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products


  • An FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) 
  • Whole-aircraft FAA certification program experience, Part 23 or Part 27 experience preferred
  • A private pilot certificate, advanced ratings preferred
  • Experience using a variety of avionics and flight control systems
  • Experience in testing planning, execution, and reporting
  • Experience and involvement with industry groups to develop consensus standards
  • Familiar with Dassault Systemes engineering and management tools

Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $97,000-$171,200. The compensation package offered will be determined by location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Joby also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off, healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan with a company match, an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, and more.


Joby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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