Autopilot Software Engineer

Work Location: San Luis Obispo, San Diego, Bend, Herndon, Huntsville, Riga or Possibly Remote
Compensation: Competitive, DOE
Full-Time Exempt Position

About the Position
Edge Autonomy is seeking an experienced autopilot software engineer to expand the capabilities of our current autopilot code to address emerging needs of guidance, navigation, and control of unmanned air systems. You will be building the next-generation autopilot system to enable advanced autonomous flight behaviors in challenging environments and conditions. Your code will be immediately fielded onto existing fixed wing and Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft.

Primary Responsibilities

• Expand the capabilities of Edge Autonomy’s autopilot/flight control system.
• Apply your fundamental and profound knowledge in flight dynamics for fixed wing and vertical takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft
• Design and implement Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) algorithms to expand the autonomous flight behavior of Edge Autonomy aircraft and maximize flight safety in a variety of environments and flight conditions.
• Refine the Edge Autonomy System Integration Lab (SIL) and Hardware Integration Lab (HIL) to enable rapid test and validation of code updates
• Debug, troubleshoot, and isolate software issues

Required Qualifications

• Experience writing autopilot code for fixed-wing, rotary wing, or VTOL aircraft
• Knowledge of classical control theory
• Understanding of UAS architectures and subsystems
• Understanding of flight-critical software requirements
• Programming skills: C/C++, MATLAB/Simulink, Control System Tool Box
• Practical experience writing firmware/embedded code for a physical device
• Strong sense of ownership and drive in digging into complex problems

Desired Qualifications
• Experience building a System Integration Lab (SIL) or Hardware Integration Lab (HIL)
• Experience supporting flight test
• Knowledge of Modern control theory
• Ability to read schematics and use standard debugging equipment: oscilloscope, logic analyzer, multimeter

Hiring Requirements:
• If an offer of employment is extended, a background check is required, and the Offer of Employment is contingent on the results.

Edge Autonomy Benefits
• Premium Medical Insurance, including vision coverage
• Dental Insurance
• Paid vacation
• Paid holidays
• Paid sick time

About Edge Autonomy

Edge Autonomy is a leader in providing innovative autonomous systems, advanced optics, and resilient energy solutions to the US Department of Defense, the US Federal Civilian Agencies, allied governments, academic institutions, and commercial entities. Edge Autonomy draws on a 34+ year history of aerospace engineering, advanced manufacturing expertise, and technologically advanced manufacturing.

With our headquartered in San Luis Obispo, CA and key production capabilities abroad, Edge Autonomy’s 300+ team members can deliver results at home and abroad. Learn more at

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