Joby Aviation

Lead Test Electronics (Powertrain and Electronics)

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 Electronics Testing Lead, to guide the testing efforts on airborne electronics 
hardware that are part of our Processing and Communications, Flight Sensors, and Avionics 
systems (these includes hardware such as the Flight Control Computer, Vehicle Navigation 
Computer, Vehicle Sensor Computer, Ethernet Switch Computer, etc).

As the Electronics Testing Lead you will support the above-mentioned Integrated Product 
Teams (IPTs) in development testing through certification testing by understanding the 
testing needs, developing custom test capabilities, mentoring and motivating Test 
Engineers, and root cause analysis of failures. The most important traits at Joby are attitude 
towards the project (reinvent possible) & respect towards teammates and their efforts, hard 
work ethic (integrity), safety (aircraft and safety in Test Engineering), effective 
communication and enabling alignment. This scope of testing is primarily centered around assessing (a) hardware performance at box-level, (b) hardware ability to withstand various environmental exposure, and (c) hardware reliability (life).

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. Should be willing to travel to Marina and Santa Cruz 
facilities as needed.


  • Coordinate closely with various IPT teams that are part of System Electronics and implement a robust testing strategy to support safety-of-flight and certification testing.
  • This includes:
  • Understanding test requests from various teams, and identifying the right test needed to answer the primary question.
  • Develop a plan that provides clarity on what tests are needed for which company milestone and then align with IPTs.
  • When necessary, identify and build custom Test Support Equipment by interfacing with Equipment Design team. An example of Test Support Equipment is a Functional Test Stand that will operate the equipment as intended during flight, while it is subjected to environmental stress test.
  • Manage a team of Test Engineers and provide technical direction/guidance. Lead the reporting test engineers with context.
  • Provide technical guidance to the reporting Test Engineers on test plan, test procedure, instrumentation, test automation, data analysis, and test report generation.
  • Ensure team is driven to program short term and long-term goals, ensure team is mission driven.
  • While simultaneously keeping in mind the career development for reporting engineers by providing stretch opportunities.
  • Responsible for ensuring Equipment Qualification Test Procedures and Qualification Test Reports are written, reviewed, and released on time.
  • Work closely with other Leads within the Testing department and contribute towards 5S implementation in the Powertrain and Avionics Test Lab.
  • Continuously improving the safety for Test Engineers and Technicians is part of this scope.
  • EMC / EMI testing will be owned by Electronics Testing Lead.
  • Work closely with Testing Team’s Program Manager and ensure team is meeting the primary goals of the Testing Team: (a) Quality testing-based design feedback in (b) a timely manner. This includes supporting the Program Manager in developing and tracking KPIs to assess the team’s progress.
  • Develop processes where needed, to ensure the involved team members can execute testing related activities in a controlled and repeated able manner.


  • B. S. in Electrical Engineering or relevant discipline with 10+ years of work experience in relevant industry performing testing related activities.
  • Experience building and managing a team of engineers.
  • Experience with known methods and standards for performance verification, environmental qualification, and reliability testing of electronics.
  • Background in Mechanical (I.e., thermal cycling, humidity, vibration, shock, salt fog etc) and Electromagnetics type (conducted & radiated emissions and susceptibility) environmental test.
  • Hands on experience with instrumentation needed for electronics testing.
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills. Imparting influence with people- and technical-skills will be a key trait for success in this role.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with strong analytical background. High attention to detail.
  • Prior experience with hardware that has ethernet-based communication.
  • Hands-on attitude with testing-related activities and serve as role model to reporting Test Engineers.


  • M.S. / PhD with 7+ years of experience.
  • Prior experience with taking a product from concept until fielding.
  • Experience testing hardware to DO-160, MIL-810 type (or similar standards) environmental tests.
  • Experience with failure analysis (nondestructive) of electronics hardware.
  • Experience with GNSS/LTE testing.
  • Experience with LabView for Data Acquistion and potentially automation (invoking desired equipment functions at different conditions).



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 per year. 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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