Project Wayfinder is building scalable, certifiable autonomy systems to power self-piloted aircraft applications throughout Airbus, from small urban air vehicles (aka air taxis) to large commercial airplanes. Our team of experts is driving the maturation of machine learning and other core technologies for autonomous flight; we are creating a reference architecture that includes hardware, software, and a data-driven development process to allow aircraft to perceive and react to their environment. Autonomous flight is transforming the transportation industry - our team is at the heart of this revolution.

Senior Simulation Software Engineer
Sunnyvale, CA

As a Senior Simulation Software Engineer, you will report to the Head of Software at Wayfinder. You will be responsible for Wayfinder's simulation platform for testing and developing the systems used by our autonomous aircraft to perceive the environment. This platform includes photorealistic simulations for training and testing convolutional neural networks, physically representative sensor models for Lidar and Radar sensors, and software- and hardware-in-loop simulations to test our systems before deploying them in the real world. We are a lean, fast-moving team, so we value flexibility and the personal drive to identify and tackle hard problems.


  • Design, implement, and ship high quality code for Wayfinder’s simulation platform
  • Own the simulation platform and work with other engineers to set requirements and roadmaps for simulation capabilities
  • Work with external vendors as needed to procure simulation components


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related discipline
  • 5+ years of progressive experience in software engineering
  • 2+ years of progressive experience developing simulation software
  • Familiarity with relevant sensors, including electro-optical (camera), lidar, radar, GNSS, and IMU/INS
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear, well-structured, and well-documented code
  • Proficiency in Python and C/C++
  • A flexible, pragmatic attitude to contribute across various efforts as needed

Strongly preferred qualifications:

  • Strong understanding of 3D rendering engines, game engines, physics engines, and raytracers
  • Familiarity with fundamental simulation concepts such as interpolation techniques, time discretization methods, and Monte Carlo experiments
  • Familiarity with techniques in computer vision, machine learning, or neural networks
  • Working understanding of physics and linear algebra
  • Working understanding of aviation and aerospace engineering


  • Daily lunch and snacks, happy hours; social outings
  • Exceptional PPO medical, dental and vision benefits 100% covered for employee and their family/dependents
  • Generous PTO of 5 weeks (25 days) in addition to national holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement, professional development or $15,000 for flight training
  • 3 months paid parental leave from Day 1
  • Employee discounts through Airbus Tickets @Work, gym subsidy & more

A³ by Airbus is the Silicon Valley R&D outpost of Airbus. The mission of Airbus is to make things fly. Our job at A³ is very simple: we seek to disrupt Airbus (and the competition) before anyone else can. And in the process, we are setting out to build the future of flight.

At A³, we execute projects and foster partnerships. Projects are ambitious, risky and time-constrained undertakings that culminate in a demonstration at convincing scale—something that’s more than a mere prototype, but somewhat short of a product.

A³ develops technology partnerships enabling us to work within the Silicon Valley ecosystem to meet project objectives while connecting our parent company to new developments and the talent here. We also strive to partner with different elements of Airbus to serve as transition targets and sponsors of projects that emerge from A³.

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