GNC Engineer

Alameda, CA /
Vehicle Engineering /
Full time
The Company

Boundary Layer Technologies is building the future of zero emission maritime transport, starting with hydrofoiling electric passenger vessels. We are backed by Y Combinator, Fifty Years VC and Lower Carbon Capital and have built a world leading 26' fully electric hydrofoil prototype. We are a company of builders where rapid iterations and fast learning is in our DNA. We aim to reduce global GHG emissions by as much as 2.5%

We are looking for a guidance, navigation and controls engineer to own development and testing of the GNC systems on our hydrofoiling craft. 


    • Design and implementation of flight control system for electric hydrofoil vehicles. 
    • Provide analysis and guidance to other teams on flight dynamics, vehicle loads, actuator loads and sizing. 
    • Develop a sensor suite and develop the filtering and state estimation algorithms  Improve existing and develop the GNC workflow - simulations, hardware-in-the loop testing, integration, flight test, and post analysis for continual and efficient improvement. 
    • Improve our existing flight control software, sensors and state estimation on prototype hydrofoil craft Pamplemousse. 
    • Analysis of flight data and written and verbal communication of results Support testing activities 

Skills and experience

    • Experience in GNC including student project teams (rocket club, FSAE, solar cars, or projects) or personal projects
    • Degree in engineering or physics
    • Familiarity of Matlab and Simulink
    • Familiarity with fixed wing vehicle physics
    • Familiarity with sensors, avionics, and state estimation 

Benefits of this role

    • Work towards building a better, zero carbon world
    • Enjoy super rapid development, testing, and deployment (it's really hard to crash a boat!)
    • Work in an incredibly lightly regulated sector (no FAA rules for boats!)
    • Bring cutting edge innovation into an often overlooked yet massive and critical industry
    • Market competitive salary and equity package
    • Healthcare, dental, and optical insurance
    • 12 weeks paid parental leave
    • Dog friendly office
    • Work closely with CEO and CTO
    • Choose your own hardware budget
    • 4 weeks PTO
    • Access to company boats for employee recreational use

Please still consider applying even if you don't match every listed expectation, as we are big believers in learning and growth. Here at Boundary Layer Technologies, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

Women candidates are encouraged to apply.