Joby Aviation

Embedded Software Engineer, Flight Systems Infrastructure

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz
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 of the embedded software and firmware 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 a wide range of embedded systems. 


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


You will be responsible for designing and implementing embedded C++ code that runs on our electric-powered, fly-by-wire aircraft. You’ll work closely with all parts of the aircraft software team to provide a robust and testable Hardware Abstraction Layer to support simulation and hardware emulation.


You’ll also collaborate with systems engineers and hardware designers to author software requirements and integrate specialized hardware into a unified framework. 


You will be involved in all facets of software design and development


  • Strong understanding of OOP C++
  • Experience with software development in a bare-metal or RTOS environment, not Linux.
  • University degree in computer science, computer engineering, robotics, mechatronics, electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, or other STEM fields.
  • And either:
    • A strong portfolio of designed and implemented embedded software, OR
    • 5+ years of relevant industry experience.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, communication protocols including I2C, SPI, UART, etc.
  • Experience with version control software, preferably Git


  • Experience with the CMake build system
  • Experience with Python
  • Experience with DO178C process, requirements authoring and verification. 
  • Appreciation for object-oriented programming.
  • A positive attitude and a passion for aerospace!

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, bonus, 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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