Software Engineer: Simulation Systems

Mountain View, CA

Zee Aero, a division of Kitty Hawk, is developing revolutionary aircraft concepts, working at the intersection of aerodynamics, advanced manufacturing, and electric propulsion. We are actively building a team of world-class engineers who have experience in fields ranging from power electronics to aerodynamics.

We are currently seeking software engineers to join our software and avionics group, which builds the core fly-by-wire-system that controls our aircraft.

You are mission driven and comfortable working in a small team, with an audacious, loosely-specified plan. You will chip in to do anything and everything to advance our mission as quickly as possible. You figure out what needs to be done, check assumptions, and do it. You are passionate about writing clean, reusable, high performance code for safety critical missions. What is most important is a stated track record and passion for learning.

This position is based in Mountain View, CA, but you will have the option to work from our San Francisco office a few days per week when the project allows.

A partial list of things you will do includes:

    • Architect and implement our core C++ application to perform hardware-in-the-loop testing of flight critical software.
    • Design and implement a full software-in-the-loop simulation of our aircraft and its systems and sensors.
    • Work closely with the development team to gather requirements and build a tool that can generate hundreds of hours of simulated test data each week.
    • Write unit tests as you go to ensure maximum reliability.
    • Work on qualifying the tool and other related tasks, alongside our certification (DO-178C/DO-254) team.

You will be experienced with some of the below, and interested in learning others:

    • BS/MS/PhD in CS or EE or equivalent, with 3+ years of relevant experience
    • C, C++11, Python, other scripting languages
    • Data serialization formats such as protobuf
    • Automation of data analysis and data visualization in Matlab or Python
    • Asynchronous programming
    • Experience creating and using hardware-in-the-loop simulations
    • Certified safety-critical software (e.g. DO178B/C, or equivalent in non-aviation fields like automotive, medical devices, etc.)
    • Highly automated software development processes and modern tools (git, JIRA, continuous integration, etc.)
    • Linux/Ubuntu, bash, make
    • Demonstrated ability to define and implement processes
    • Decision coverage and static analysis tools
    • Experience with or passion for aviation

We are located in Mountain View just a couple of hundred feet from Shoreline Lake and its surrounding walking/jogging trails. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including company equity, medical, dental, vision and life insurance (company pays 100% of employee premium), unlimited PTO days, 10 company holidays, company equity, a 401(k) plan with 50% company matching (no vesting period), commuter assistance, and education assistance. And on top of all that, we also offer many perks such as free catered lunches, flight lessons, snacks, drinks, fruits, employee referral bonus, IP bonus program, afternoon chocolate, happy hours and many more.

Kitty Hawk provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Kitty Hawk abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.