Ground Station 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 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.

Primary Responsibilities
• 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

Required Qualifications
• 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

Desired 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

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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