System Test - Electrical/Instrumentation Design Engineer (Santa Cruz/Marina, CA)

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Full time

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Feb 20

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Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the Joby Aviation team is steadily working toward our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the traffic congestion below, giving you back the time that otherwise would have spent sitting in traffic. Since 2009, our team has been making this dream a reality, designing and flight testing a prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented individuals to join our team as we push onwards toward certifying the aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration and preparing for commercialization with launch targeted in select markets for 2024. 


Joby Aviation is seeking a highly organized, passionate individual to join our system testing team. As part of this team, you will support the design and execution of structural, environmental, and functional tests of flight critical components and subsystems for VTOL electric aircraft. You will also be directly involved in systems integration testing for the Joby S4 aircraft. The data collected during these tests will inform the company’s hardware design efforts and pave the way to production-ready hardware. The Joby Aviation team is made up of extremely talented, hardworking, proactive, and hands-on individuals, operating in a very fast-paced and rewarding environment. We are looking to expand this team with like-minded individuals looking to make a mark in the transportation industry.


  • Perform test and electrical/instrumentation equipment requirements definition, test equipment selection, test equipment detailed design for the Joby S4 systems integration test lab
  • Be responsible for the electrical design and instrumentation design portions of Joby's system test venues, from conceptual design to detailed engineering and drawings
  • Use proprietary or open-source tools or frameworks to design Hardware In the Loop (HIL) tests for software, electrical, mechanical, and energy components of the aircraft system
  • Create test setups for aircraft hardware by working closely with the mechanical, electrical, energy systems, and software teams, to capture the nuances of aircraft components, subsystem architectures, and operating conditions, and turn them into representative tests that will allow for validation of component and system designs
  • Develop formal test procedures, instrumentation guidelines, test fixture assembly/installation and any other necessary tools to allow for repeatable testing of specimens as discussed
  • Act as a test engineer on environmental, integrated system and functional test rigs to validate design and system response against established benchmarks
  • Analyze data collected during the aforementioned tests to generate reports to provide quantifiable feedback to the engineering teams that will allow them to optimize their designs


  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent industry experience
  • Experience in developing electrical and instrumentation designs and schematics for test equipment
  • Experience with high-voltage electronics
  • Experience developing Hardware In the Loop tests
  • Experience with instrumentation techniques and sensors
  • Experience with data acquisition techniques
  • Strong analytical background
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills


  • M.S./Ph.D. in relevant discipline
  • 5+ years of work experience in relevant industry
  • Fluent in Python for test software creation
  • Experience with aircraft certification (DO-178B and DO-178C), regulatory requirements, compliance testing, aircraft software engineering processes, and test verification
  • Experience with industrial test laboratory environments and procedures
  • Experience with Altium schematic capture
  • Experience on aircraft systems integration test labs
  • Polarion requirements and test case documentation experienced a plus 

Pursuant to various local, state, and federal regulations, you must show proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination status prior to your start date. Exemption requests are available for bona fide religious and medical circumstances.

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