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Senior Systems Engineer, Path Planning



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.

About You and The Role

Do you enjoy tackling cross-disciplinary and complex problems? Do you love solving business-critical problems with little direction, a high degree of ownership, and the freedom to make it happen? At Zipline, our work is intended for the field. Patients are counting on it today--there is no time for coming up short.

Zipline was founded by engineers dedicated to making the world a better place. We are scaling around the world and we need someone to join our team who is excited to help level up Systems Engineering at Zipline.

What You'll Do

  • Serve as a trusted technical expert of safety-critical systems from concept phase to production
  • Collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders, conduct analysis, and author requirements
  • Develop frameworks and facilitate trade studies to optimize for performance, safety, and cost
  • Create and maintain systems models, activity, sequence, and boundary diagrams
  • Set the bar for hardware and software release standards and test requirements
  • Partner with safety engineering and regulatory team to prove flight worthiness to regulators
  • Collaborate with geo-spatial team to conduct metro-level analysis of route feasibility
  • Define system requirements for route planning with consideration of population, ground obstacles, and terrain
  • Collaborate with geo-spatial team on evaluation of relevant geo-spatial databases
  • Support the System Safety Case framework and documentation, and present to regulators
  • Participate in technical discussions with external stakeholders from the industry (i.e. ASTM)
  • Develop requirements and validation methods for simulation tools
  • Support root cause analysis for flight logs

What You'll Bring


  • Experience with relevant Software Integrity process from relevant industries such as Automotive, Aerospace, Rail, or others (ISO 26262, DO-178C, etc)
  • Experience with conducting System Safety Assessments (FHA/HARA, FMEA, FTA)
  • Familiarity with defining System Verification Plans
  • Experience with common simulation tools and frameworks
  • Experience identifying and quantifying Hazards
  • Ability to solve challenging multi-disciplinary problems on schedule
  • The ability to solve complex problems using tools and statistical analysis
  • A proven record of managing requirements including definition, decomposition, and traceability

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of SOTIF or STPA approaches
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Experience with Tool Qualification
  • Familiarity with safety arguments contained within the Safety Case or Safety Concept
  • Familiarity defining CONOPs or Operational Design Domain (ODD)
  • Experience with root-cause analysis, metric definition, and defect monitoring
  • Experience with software release management, metrics, and defining release criteria

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $135,000 - $175,000. 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!