Joby Aviation

Embedded Software Engineer - Special Purpose Software

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz | 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.


This position involves architecture and implementation of embedded software at the heart of Joby Aviation aircraft. The engineer will play a key role in a small, fast-moving team and have input to requirements, conceptual system design, and implementation of embedded software for the radio systems for our fly-by-wire aircraft. 


You will write robust and testable code tailored for embedded systems. Apply if you’re excited about writing modern code for aerospace systems.


This position involves architecture and implementation of the embedded software at the heart of Joby Aviation aircraft. The engineer will play a key role in a small, fast-moving team and have input to conceptual system design and implementation of embedded software for control of electric-powered, fly-by-wire aircraft. Focus will be on the design and implementation of test and manufacturing variants of the aircrafts embedded systems. This role will require the engineer to understand the program and control flow of the aircrafts systems and to modify or extend their functionality to meet the demands of various test and manufacturing capabilities.


  • University degree in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, mechatronics, physics, mathematics, robotics, or similar field; or, a strong portfolio of designed and implemented embedded software, or 2+ years of relevant industry experience.
  • Knowledge of C++ and object-oriented programming and methodology. 
  • Understanding of hardware from an embedded software engineer's perspective. 
  • Experience with modern integrated development environments and debuggers. 
  • Hands-on experience with test and measurement equipment such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, protocol analyzers, voltmeters, etc.
  • Understanding of modern microcontroller and microprocessor architectures such as ARM Cortex-M0/M3/M4/A8/A9. 
  • Knowledge of object-oriented programming methodology and multi-layered system architectures. 
  • Knowledge of and experience with communication protocols including I2C, CAN, SPI, UART, etc.
  • A positive attitude and a passion for aerospace!


  • Knowledge of and experience with real-time operating systems. 
  • Experience with safety-critical embedded systems is a plus. 
  • Exposure to the software development process and modern software engineering techniques.
  • Experience with DO178C process, requirements authoring and verification.

Please still apply if you don’t meet all items in the desired section! Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We are dedicated to building a diverse and effective workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $109,100 - $145,500/yr. 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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