Joby Aviation

Lightning Direct Effects Certification Engineer

Job Locations US-Remote
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 Lightning Direct Effects Certification Engineer will be the focal for design, qualification, and certification activities related to direct effects lightning compliance across all of engineering, including grounding, static, and lightning zone identification.  This role will serve as the internal Subject Matter Expert as well as the primary external point of contact with regulatory agencies and industry standards groups for aircraft structures, systems, and equipment level Lightning 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. 


  • 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
    • Requests for Conformity, Statements of Compliance
  • Working with and mentoring multiple engineering teams with a mix of aerospace and non-aerospace backgrounds to
    • Establish relevant design development and certification plans that will support Type Certification
    • Convey and document requirements in a way that clearly breaks down the regulations and guidance material
    • Develop engineering specifications for lightning protection and bonding of the  airframe
    • Review designs, develop solutions, and ensure compliance with the airworthiness standards
  • Planning out test campaigns, overseeing test article fabrication, and witnessing tests in order to demonstrate that applicable designs show compliance with airworthiness standards
  • Interfacing with certification authorities as required (FAA, EASA, etc.)


  • Expert-level understanding of design standards and verification methods for HIRF and lightning protection of aircraft, static dissipation, and electromagnetic interference and compatibility
  • Previous experience with direct effects of lightning, HIRF, and Indirect effects of lightning aspects of aircraft certification
  • Experience and understanding of RTCA/DO-160 Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment – specifically sections related to induced signals, radio frequencies, lightning, and electrostatic discharge
  • The ability to question traditional assumptions in the application of regulations, guidance material, and engineering specifications
  • The ability to read, review, and create technical schematics, engineering specifications, and engineering drawings
  • At least 10 years of relevant aviation or aerospace industry experience
  • A Bachelor of Science in an applicable engineering discipline
  • Proficient in English
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products


  • An FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) – Structures and/or Systems and Equipment (Electrical Equipment) with lightning direct effects authorization
  • Whole-aircraft FAA certification program experience, Part 23 and/or Part 27 experience preferred
  • Experience with carbon fiber composite airframes
  • Experience in testing including instrumenting, data acquisition, and documenting and analyzing results
  • Experience and involvement with industry groups to develop consensus standards
  • Familiar with Dassault Systèmes 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 $97,500 - $213,900/yr. 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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