Joby Aviation

Systems Engineer, Cockpit Avionics

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz
Systems Engineering
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.


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. 


The Systems Engineer, Cockpit Avionics will be responsible for some or all systems related to:

System 23 – Communication

System 31 – Cockpit Avionics, Indicating and Recording Systems

System 33 – Lighting 

System 42 – Integrated Modular Avionics

System 45 – Central Maintenance Systems

System 46 – System Integration and Display


  • 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
  • Conduct 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


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering required; Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering
  • Skilled at creating and reviewing technical schematics, logical and functional diagrams, and engineering specifications
  • Familiarity with DO-160G environmental qualification
  • 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


  • BS in Engineering, plus demonstrable experience with 2+ years experience of OEM integration work

  • Working knowledge of avionics and related equipment, technical standard orders, and minimum performance standards

  • 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-178C and DO-254 processes and aviation database management

  • Previous experience with aircraft systems, electrical load analysis

  • Previous experience managing complex sets of requirements

  • Previous experience preparing and presenting design reviews for complex, highly integrated systems

  • Previous experience defining system controls, crew indications, and flight manual procedures

  • Previous experience in testing, including instrumenting, data acquisition, and documenting and analyzing results

  • Whole-aircraft FAA certification program experience, Part 23 or Part 27 preferred

  • Experience and involvement with industry groups to develop consensus standards

  • Private pilot certificate or higher


Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $102,600 - $171,200/year. 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.


This is a full time position, located in Santa Cruz, CA.




Joby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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