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.

Principal Engineer
Sunnyvale, CA

As a Principal Engineer, you will report directly to the Director of Engineering of Wayfinder. You will lead the technical execution of a key piece of our project. This is a hands-on role, so you will be responsible for implementing things yourself, as well as guiding the team toward efficient solutions based on your expertise and experience.


  • Design and implement significant pieces of Wayfinder’s core products
  • Guide architecture, design, and implementation decisions across Wayfinder based on your technical expertise and experience
  • Provide leadership on the team by example: implement good engineering practices and guide others in doing the same


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, aerospace engineering, or a related discipline
  • 10+ years of professional experience in engineering
  • 6+ years of professional experience working with complex robotic systems
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute in at least one of the following key areas: perception, estimation, flight testing, safety critical computer architecture
  • A flexible, pragmatic attitude to contribute across the project as needed

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

  • Real-world experience developing software for robots, cars, or aircraft
  • Familiarity with computer vision, machine learning, or deep learning methods and algorithms
  • Knowledge of safety certification standards such as DO-178, DO-254, or ISO 26262


  • 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.