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.

System Architect
Sunnyvale, CA

As a System Architect, you will report directly to the Director of Engineering of Wayfinder. Our products rely on running state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms on cutting edge hardware. You will work on the software and hardware architecture we need to bring these products into the realm of aviation. Working at the intersection of software, hardware, and certification, we expect you will bring strong experience in some of these areas and be willing to dive deeply into learning the others.


  • Specify and design software and hardware architecture for Wayfinder’s systems
  • Work with our partners to build the hardware and software architectures we need
  • Lead the efficient deployment of Wayfinder’s algorithms on aviation-grade hardware


  • Master’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, or a related discipline
  • 6+ years of professional experience in software engineering, with emphasis on algorithm optimization, GPU programming, and/or high performance computing architectures
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear, well-structured, and well-documented code

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of safety certification standards such as DO-160, DO-178, DO-254, or ISO 26262
  • Experience cross compiling and optimizing deep learning models for inference


  • 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 9 national holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement for 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.