Software Engineering Manager - Embedded Avionics

Engineering – Avionics Software /
Full Time /
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.

About You:
You are a seasoned leader who excels in fostering a positive work environment and delivering technical solutions. As a servant leader, your primary focus is mentoring your team, helping each member to excel and grow. Your leadership style is inclusive and collaborative, ensuring all voices are heard while maintaining the balance between accommodating requests and meeting project deadlines. Technically, you bring proven expertise in C++, Python, and Model-Based Development using MatLab, complemented by a solid understanding of DO-178c standards.


    • Lead a team of embedded software engineers in the development and certification of avionics software systems.
    • Promote a culture of open communication and continuous improvement that encourages innovation and a proactive approach to problem-solving.
    • Collaborate closely with other engineering teams, project managers, and stakeholders to align technical solutions with business goals.
    • Oversee the design, implementation, and verification of new software solutions, ensuring compliance with DO-178c and other relevant standards.
    • Guide the team in building dual-use software for commercial and military platforms
    • Manage the complete software development lifecycle, from planning and design through implementation to testing and maintenance.
    • Provide technical leadership and direction while also empowering team members to take initiative and ownership of their projects.
    • Drive the recruitment, training, and development of team members, fostering a team that is technically proficient and highly motivated.
    • Ensure that project milestones are met and align with the overall business objectives.


    • Proven experience as a software engineering manager or team lead within an avionics or embedded systems environment.
    • Strong background in programming with C++, Python, and Model-Based Development tools like MatLab.
    • Extensive knowledge of the DO-178c certification process.
    • Exceptional leadership skills with a focus on optimistic servant leadership and team empowerment.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, Robotics, or a related field.

Nice to Have:

    • Have developed flight software on military platforms.
    • Experience with real-time operating systems (RTOS).
    • Prior experience in a safety-critical systems environment beyond aviation, such as automotive or medical devices.
    • A track record of successful project delivery in a matrix organization.


    • Relocation Bonuses provided
    • Travel required to support team meetings, customer and partner interactions, and test events (25% 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.