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Staff Software Engineer - Simulation



Software Engineering
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.

Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

Zipline is at the forefront of a logistics revolution, using autonomous aircraft to deliver just-in-time, lifesaving medical supplies on multiple continents, 7 days a week. We believe access to medical care should not depend on your GPS coordinates. In service of our mission to operate safely at global scale, we’re growing our simulation capabilities to expand quickly into new products and locations, with the ultimate goal of delivering essential packages right to your doorstep. Our simulation team is looking for a software engineer who already understands robot / flight simulation challenges or is interested in familiarizing themself with this problem set. This engineer will be responsible for designing, implementing and supporting simulations used to develop, validate, verify and certify our systems.

What You'll Do

  • Develop simulation software used by various teams for development, validation and certification
  • Develop tools to improve the productivity of simulation users, such as graphical and command line interfaces
  • Work alongside autonomy teams to integrate simulation with flight code and hardware
  • Work alongside the modeling team to implement simulation models
  • Generate simulation test scenarios

What You'll Bring

  • 5+ years of professional experience developing software for hardware products in a safety-critical field, e.g. aerospace, robotics, medical devices, autonomous vehicles
  • Strong software engineering skills, with proficiency in at least one strongly typed language (e.g. Julia, C, C++, Python)
  • Experience developing software in production environments
  • Experience with simulation of robots or vehicles (e.g. satellite, car, drone, plane)
  • A basic understanding of fundamental physics
  • A basic understanding of numerical methods and optimization fundamentals
  • Empathy for your users — You’re comfortable talking to other engineers about the challenges they’re facing and iterating together on solutions
  • Aerospace relevant engineering experience is a plus, but not required

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $180,000 - $225,000. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!