System Identification Engineer

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Full time

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Feb 21

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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.


You will play an integral role in the flight dynamics and modeling efforts at Joby. Responsibilities include contributing to in-house tools, computation of stability and control derivatives, updating and validating the flight dynamics model. The position requires a solid mathematical background, a detailed conceptual understanding of aircraft dynamics, and strong attention to detail. The applicant is expected to have experience with flight dynamics simulations and system identification.

The position will be in our Santa Cruz, CA location, and will actively work with various teams at Joby Aviation, including flight physics, flight testing, airframe, and actuators, integration and test, certification, and more. This role will operate in a fast-paced, demanding, and rewarding environment with very high expectations for individual contribution.


  • Work closely with other flight physics engineers to improve the fidelity of the flight dynamics model
  • Contribute to Joby’s in-house system identification tools
  • Contribute to Joby’s in-house modeling tools
  • Interpret experimental data to correlate and validate the flight dynamics model


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.

  • B.S. in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or a relevant discipline
  • 7+ years of industry experience in flight dynamics modeling and simulation
  • Experience with system identification methods
  • Excellent understanding of aircraft stability and control derivatives
  • Experience correlating and validating flight dynamics models using experimental data
  • Understanding of data fitting and data regression methods
  • Experience with MATLAB, Simulink, C++ and Python
  • Experience with configuration control and management of models
  • Ability to work in groups and individually
  • Please include a cover letter with your application


  • Strong programming proficiency
  • Strong understanding of aircraft and rotorcraft aerodynamics
  • Experience with surrogate modeling techniques
  • Previous experience working on an aviation certification program
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