Project Vahana intends to open up urban airways by developing the first certified electric, self-piloted vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) passenger aircraft. We envision Vahana being as a cost-comparable replacement for short-range urban transportation like cars or trains. A core premise of this project is that full automation and sense-and-avoid technology will allow us to achieve higher safety levels by minimizing human error while allowing more vehicles to share the sky. As a platform, Vahana can be as diverse as its wheeled grounded counterpart when being used for cargo delivery,  emergency services, search and rescue, or even as a tool to deploy modular infrastructure in disaster sites. There is no other project that we know of that incorporates this much automation in vertical flight. With Airbus’ long history in aircraft certification and safety, we are uniquely positioned to realize large-scale automated flight within urban environments.

Avionics Embedded Software Engineer
Sunnyvale, Ca

Airbus believes in the potential of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to transform our cities for the better. By pushing the limits of technology in the fields of connectivity, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and electric propulsion, our aim is to develop sustainable mobility systems that bring maximal societal benefit while causing minimal environmental impact. To this end, Airbus is harnessing its expertise across the company to develop solutions that will unlock the third dimension of urban mobility and offer viable alternatives to connect people.

As an Avionics Embedded Software Engineer, you will report directly to the Head of Avionics and be responsible for the design, development, integration and test of airborne software.

To get specific, your responsibilities will be to:

  • Design, develop, and test safety critical avionics software for unconventional aircraft;
  • Contribute to the development of C++ flight software, hardware in the loop simulators and ground support tools;
  • Propose and implement necessary design, development and testing tools (e.g. version control, continuous build/test, hardware test benches, hilsim);
  • Monitor flight test events in real-time at the test range and contribute to postflight data analysis;

We expect that you will have the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Software Engineering;
  • A demonstrated track-record in the design, analysis, and testing of real-time systems;
  • Mastery of C, C++, and Object Oriented Designs;
  • Experience with Python and other scripting languages;
  • A good exposure to various communication buses (Ethernet, UDP/IP, AFDX, ARINC429, RS-422, RS-485…);
  • Proficiency with Linux and real-time operating systems;
  • Experienced in full lifecycle development in the aviation industry, including  requirements, design, integration, validation, and verification;
  • Experienced with development and test processes supporting aircraft certification (ARP4754, ARP-4761, DO-178C…);
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience with ARINC-653 is a plus;

You are a team player who enjoys learning continuously. You know how to earn the trust of a team and you are accountable for your actions. We need you to be technology savvy and adaptable, so you can develop new solutions to support the nascent UAM organization. Ultimately, we need you to be able to convey the fun, excitement, and fast pace of Airbus UAM.

By the way, you might be interested to know that we offer a killer benefits package as well as a flight training benefit, just in case you don’t already have your pilot’s license!

Airbus is an equal opportunity employer in every category. The data is incontrovertible that diversity leads to better teams, better performance, and better results. Consequently, we actively seek candidates of all genders, backgrounds, and experiences.

All job offers at A³ are contingent upon the candidate passing an export control check.