Joby Aviation

Flight Research Controls Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz
Flight Physics
Regular Full-Time


Joby Aviation’s Flight Research team is looking for an experienced and driven control systems and simulation software engineer to contribute to the research and development of new aircraft configurations. We are a small, close-knit and agile team; the engineer will work closely with other software/controls engineers to develop simulation capabilities, controls algorithms ranging from stabilization to basic autonomy, and analyses/tests to leverage simulation software for aircraft design and rapid iteration. The engineer will be expected to deliver high quality flight controls software, act with agency, and be capable of picking up a wide variety of tasks.


  • Deliver high quality and well thought out flight controls software (C++) for VTOL and CTOL aircraft.
  • Contribute heavily to open-loop and closed-loop stability and performance analysis tools (C++/Python).
  • Formulate test plans to demonstrate robustness and performance of solutions.
  • Directly support flight testing of various aircraft platforms as a required crewmember in a remote ground station.
  • Collaborate closely with the rest of the software & controls team to ideate, plan and execute on high quality, well integrated solutions.


  • Expert level understanding of rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft dynamics
  • Expert level knowledge of modern control methods including robust control and optimal control.
  • Experience writing safety-critical C++ flight software.
  • Experience developing tools for linear analysis of dynamic systems (open-loop and closed-loop)
  • Experience writing C++ and Python in a professional environment.

This position must meet US export control compliance requirements, therefore a candidate must qualify as a “US Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15. “US Person” includes US Citizens, lawful permanent residents, refugees, or asylees.


  • Experience developing flight-test experiments for quantitative characterization of controls performance
  • Experience with system ID analysis techniques and testing methods
  • Experience developing flight controls and flight automation algorithms for both CTOL and VTOL aircraft
  • Experience with automatic differentiation tools

Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $140,500 - $187,400/annually. 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 Aviation is an equal opportunity employer. 


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