Senior Staff Engineer, Simulation Software (R2554)

San Diego Metro Area / Washington DC Metro Area
Hivemind – Forge /
Full Time Employee /
Introduction to Shield AI
Founded in 2015, Shield AI is a venture-backed defense technology company whose mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. In pursuit of this mission, Shield AI is building the world’s best AI pilot. Its AI pilot, Hivemind, has flown a fighter jet (F-16), a vertical takeoff and landing drone (V-BAT), and a quadcopter (Nova). The company has offices in San Diego, Dallas, Washington DC and abroad. Shield AI’s products and people are currently in the field actively supporting operations with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. allies. 

As a Simulation Software Engineer with the Hivemind Design (HMD) Department, you will be responsible for several simulation environments that support the development and implementation of autonomous behavior on Group 3 and Group 5 unmanned aircraft. You will be an integral to definition of sensor capabilities, image rendering, environmental conditions, and integrated EO/IR based simulated payloads on simulated platforms.  The simulation environment you support will directly interact (through interfaces you create and maintain) with the autonomy and ground control station for VBATs and other platforms. As a Simulation Engineer you will ensure compliance with DoD and Industry standards (to include DIS and CIGI).

About our simulation environment – The HMD Simulation environment is multipurpose and written in the same stack as our autonomy environment. It utilizes Unreal Engine 5 for high fidelity visualization, Diligent Engine for low fidelity visualization, and integrates with DoD M&S products AFSIM and NGTS.  The environment promotes modularity with simulation blocks, interface blocks, and a common scenario format.

What You'll Do:

    • Improve and maintain existing Hivemind Design Simulation Environment
    • Support packaging of final product to internal and external customers for training and testing
    • Driving technical design and integration of new simulated payloads as they become required for platform testing
    • Work on a team of 6-10 other software engineers on advancing features for the HMD simulation product
    • Support extensibility of simulation environment through well defined interfaces provided by government and business customers

Required Qualifications:

    • Experience in a relevant DoD modeling and simulation environment 
    • Strong C/C++ development experienceComfortability within UNIX/Linux environments  
    • 10+ years of industry experience  
    • Experience working projects with 10+ contributors  
    • BS/MS in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and/or similar degree, or equivalent practical experience  
    • Demonstrated problem solving skills by applying a scientific approach  
    • Offer fast, efficient, effective problem solving approaches  
    • Exceptional collaborator and communicator  
    • Hard-working, trustworthy teammate  
    • Exhibits holding themselves and others to high standard

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience using AFSIM or NGTS as a modeler or developer 
    • Integrating DoD M&S environments with a targeted platform (ex - F-16) 
    • Docker, Kubernetes, and/or containerized application development
    • MS or greater in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and/or similar degree, or equivalent practical experience  
    • Understanding of robotics technologies related to autonomous behavior development e.g. task allocation or planning.  
    • Understanding/Experience with unmanned system technologies and accompanying algorithms (specifically air domain)  
$180,037 - $270,055 a year


Total package details:
Regular employee positions: Salary within range listed above + Bonus + Benefits + Equity
Temporary employee positions: Hourly within range listed above + temporary benefits package (applicable after 60 days of employment)
*Interns/Military Fellows/Part-time not eligible for bonus, benefits or equity
Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, licenses and certifications, and specific work location. All offers are contingent on a cleared background and possible reference check.

If you're interested in being part of our team, apply now! 

Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.