Joby Aviation

Lead Test Engineer (Energy Storage & Distribution Systems)

Job Locations US-CA-San Carlos
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 seeking a highly organized and passionate individual to join our Testing Team as the Energy Storage and Distribution System (ESDS) Testing LeadThis role will focus on guiding the testing efforts on the airborne electronics hardware that makes up our Energy Storage and Distribution System. These include hardware such as battery module, vent assembly, Battery Control and Distribution Module (BCDM), high voltage manual disconnect Switches, Charge port and Pump Assembly, and ancillary components 

As the ESDS Testing Lead you will support the Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) responsible for the aforementioned hardwareThis will include testing starting at the development phase, all the way through the certification phaseTo do this you will need to understand testing needs, develop custom test capabilities, mentor and motivate Test Engineers who will own the preparation for the tests, execute tests, perform data analysis on the test data, and participate in the root causing efforts for failures encountered. You will be responsible and accountable for making sure your team delivers the right data at the right time to support company goals, while embodying the Joby values of Safety, Integrity, Respect, Reinventing Possible, and Woot! 

Joby Aviation is made up of extremely talented, hardworking, proactive, and hands-on individuals, operating in a very fast-paced and rewarding environment. We are looking to expand this team with individuals looking to make a mark in the transportation industry. Being onsite at San Carlos and orchestrating tasks, discussions, and digging into technical problems is necessary for this role. To be successful in this role the applicant must be willing to travel to Joby facilities in Marina and Santa Cruz as needed (<10% of the time). 


Manage and grow the ESDS Testing team with personnel that have sufficient knowhow around Joby hardware, Test Equipment, and Test Engineering practices to meet the needs of aircraft development and certification process. This will include: 

  • Provide guidance on test plan & procedure, instrumentation, automation, and data analysis. 
  • Ensure team is driven to program short term and long-term goals, ensure team is mission driven. 
  • Create development plans for all direct reports. 
  • Develop an ESDS operating strategy, including the management of the ESDS Test operating budget. 
  • Use hardware development plan, the ESDS Area Specific Certification plan, Means of Compliance, and other pertinent certification documents, to collaborate with ESDS IPTs on developing test execution plans that provide clarity on what tests are needed to support company milestones. 
  • Guide the development of ESDS test platforms by interfacing with Equipment Design Team. 
  • Work closely with the Powertrain and Electronics Testing Team Program Manager to coordinate utilization of lab resources, identify test article, test equipment, and test engineering need dates, forecast test completion dates, and track critical ESDS test execution KPIs. 
  • Work closely with peers to ensure 5S best practices in Powertrain & Electronics Test Lab. 
  • Act as the representative for the ESDS Test organization to the Joby Program reviews and provide updates and information as needed to ensure Program success. 


  • B. S. in Electrical Engineering or relevant discipline with 10+ years of work experience in relevant industry performing testing related activities.  
  • 3+ years of experience building and managing a team of engineers. 
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills. 
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with strong analytical background.  
  • High attention to detail. 
  • Hands-on attitude with testing-related activities and serve as role model to reporting Test Engineers. 
  • Experience with fundamentals of battery behavior (electrical and thermal). 
  • Experience with known methods and standards for performance verification, environmental qualification, and reliability testing of battery and supporting equipment (battery electronics and battery thermal management). 
  • Hands-on experience with instrumentation techniques. 


  • M.S. / PhD with 7+ years of experience. 
  • Prior experience with taking a product from concept to field.  
  • Experience testing hardware to DO-160, MIL-810 type (or similar standards) environmental tests.  
  • Experience with DO-311 and UN 38.3 testing.  
  • Experience with LabView for Data Acquisition and potentially automation (invoking desired equipment functions at different conditions). 
  • Experience with failure analysis techniques (non-destructive) and processes for battery and electronics hardware (FRACAS, etc.). 

Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $148,600 - $233,900. The compensation package will be determined by 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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