Senior Software Engineer

Boston /
Engineering – Software Engineering /
Full Time
/ Remote
About Us: 
Merlin is an early-stage autonomy company, building software to control sophisticated transportation systems. Our mission here at Merlin Labs is to develop hardware and software solutions that deliver the capability for aircraft to fly useful missions autonomously and safely. Our first product will be a certified system to bring automation to existing fixed wing aircraft. 

We’re backed by some of the top institutional venture capitalists in the country, our headquarters are located in Boston with hubs in Denver, Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert. Come join our diverse, world class team, made up of people from places like Google, Airbus, Boeing, UTC, the US Navy, and the US Air Force.

All of the sky, none of the limits!

We seek an experienced engineer to develop innovative new autonomous capabilities for our airplanes.

About You:
You are an experienced software engineer with a background in robotics, perception, autonomy, or aerospace who is looking to build software that is capable of flying airplanes safely. You have generalist experience across the software stack, from embedded systems to high level algorithms. You also have deep specialist knowledge of at least one area relevant to Merlin’s future products.


    • Design and develop software across the stack of an aircraft autonomy system, contributing to lower level embedded systems and higher level autonomy function areas as needed.
    • Write, test, and document code according to Merlin’s development standards.
    • Participate in defining and designing the software architecture.
    • Participate in testing, including software level, integration, and flight testing of the code that you write.
    • Collaborate across Merlin to develop novel, certifiable systems to solve the toughest problems in aviation and autonomy.


    • BS in Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, or a related subject.
    • 5+ years of professional  experience developing software for physical systems such as aircraft, robotics, or medical devices, with demonstrable deep knowledge of C++.
    • Professional experience in one or more relevant areas of autonomous system engineering: decision making, human-machine interactions, computer vision, or system reliability.
    • Deep experience with Linux and open-source development tools.
    • Experience with overall product development cycle, including design, testing, and troubleshooting at the system level as well as at the software component level.


    • Experience with Python and ROS.
    • Experience in other areas of robotics and autonomy, such as estimation, control, and navigation.


    • Strong preference for Boston or Los Angeles location (relocation available)
    • Travel required to support team meetings and flight test activities (10% or less)
Merlin Labs offers an innovative, entrepreneurial, and team-focused startup environment. We also offer a top-notch benefits package (health, dental, life, unlimited vacation, and 401k with match) and work/life integration. Being part of the Merlin team allows you to become part of a small team that supports professional development while working together to achieve our mission.

Merlin Labs is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status. All job offers are contingent upon the candidate passing background, export control and reference checks. 

Merlin Labs does not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from candidates.