Ground Station Software Engineer

Work Location: San Luis Obispo, San Diego, Bend, Herndon, Huntsville, Riga, Remote
Full-Time Exempt Position

California Salary Range: $90,000 – $230,000 DOE

Job Summary
Edge Autonomy is seeking an experienced UAS ground station software engineer to expand the capabilities of the Ground Control Station (GCS) that operates multiple edge autonomy aircraft. You will be writing code for the primary interface between the human user and the aircraft. It must be simple to use, mission focused, and assure flight safety. Your code will enable users to monitor health and status of the aircraft and manage vehicle flight paths to meet their mission objectives while balancing aircraft performance constraints, airspace constraints, dynamic weather conditions, datalink limitations, threat avoidance, and coordination with external entities.


  • Design and write code to expand the capabilities of the Ground Control Station (GCS)
  • Work on a small team that handles all aspects of Ground Station Development including the Graphical User Interface (GUI), algorithm development, and the communications interface to the aircraft
  • Coordinate with operational users and the flight test team to respond to emerging operator needs and identify opportunities to expand the capabilities of the GCS software to reduce operator workload, increase mission success, and maximize flight safety


  • Strong understanding of the requirements, architecture, and design features of UAS ground control stations
  • Significant experience writing code for UAS Ground Systems
  • Understanding of UAS architectures and subsystems
  • Understanding of aircraft flight management including aircraft performance constraints and airspace constraints.
  • Proficient writing code in object oriented languages (e.g. C#/Java/C++)
  • Strong sense of ownership and drive in digging into complex problems

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of Human Factors design for UAS command and control
  • Experience building simple and elegant graphical user interfaces
  • Network programming and understanding of the IP protocol
  • Experience with GIS mapping engines
  • Experience building a System Integration Lab (SIL) or Hardware Integration Lab (HIL) for Unmanned Aircraft
  • Experience supporting flight test

Clearance Requirements
This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR.

Hiring Requirements

  • If an offer of employment offer is extended, candidate must have the ability to pass a background check and may need to have the ability to be insured by the Company’s Auto-policy. Offer of Employment is contingent upon the results.
  • Based on our work requirements, applicants may have to comply with NOFORN security classification.

Edge Autonomy Benefits

  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • Matching 401k
  • Paid PTO
  • Paid holidays

Edge Autonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Edge Autonomy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Continued employment remains on an “At-Will” basis.

Veterans Status
To our veterans and separated service members, you are at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Edge Autonomy. The skills you’ve gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities. Edge Autonomy seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Edge Autonomy home. Edge Autonomy supports our military and will compensate up to 80 hours of reservist/active duty for our employees.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the candidate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Most work is performed in enclosed buildings. This position is primarily housed in a temperature-controlled office. While performing the duties, the candidate is frequently exposed to computer terminals, sitting, and standing for long lengths of time. Frequent and prolonged periods of time looking at a computer screen. Walking, standing, stooping, kneeling, sitting, and bending during each workday. The vision requirement includes close vision, distant vision, and computer vision. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard. Carrying up to 50 pounds. PPE for production, as well as PPE for infectious diseases, include a facial mask, and protective gloves as necessary. These ADA requirements are not inclusive of the performed and responsibilities to be held by the candidate.

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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