Senior GNC Engineer
About You and The Role
Zipline’s GNC team is at the heart of our product’s success. Our team is responsible for developing, testing and maintaining critical flight software systems that enable our aircraft to complete missions autonomously. We thrive on developing novel solutions to ensure our delivery platforms can function in a wide range of increasingly challenging conditions, ensuring that we serve everyone in the world equally.
In this role you’ll use a range of analysis techniques to understand our system performance and how it is affected by design choices, limitations and requirements. You’ll work with the wider team to use data from flight testing, simulations, and our global fleet of customer aircraft to find the insights that will improve our products. By staying close to our customers, you’ll learn what really works and where we should be spending our time to drive our next phase of growth. Success in this role leads directly to improved operational capability of our logistics network.
What You'll Do
- Analyze and improve the performance of existing and future vehicle designs through a combination of simulation and flight test data, probing recent changes and upgrades, looking for regressions and areas for improvements
- Contribute to requirement derivation and verification, managing the needs of the internal team as well as external interfaces
- Create and maintain software tools and tests to streamline analysis, demonstrate vehicle performance and protect against software regressions, using both theoretical guarantees and simulations
- Develop dynamics models of complex systems and components that feed our core simulation
What You'll Bring
- Software skills, preferably with both technical computing (MATLAB, Python, Julia, etc) and embedded software (C, C++), and working in a multi-developer environment with version control systems (Git, SVN)
- Applied math skills that stand out even among aerospace engineers
- Experience and excitement for both simulations and working with hardware
- Exposure in one or more of the following areas: flight dynamics and control, dynamic modeling of complex systems, linear control analysis, optimal control with uncertainty, or state estimation in novel circumstances
- You’ve built or analyzed flying things from scratch, either professionally or as part of design competitions
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