Embedded Software Engineer, Radio Systems

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

Nov 10

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. 


This position involves architecture and implementation of embedded software at the heart of Joby Aviation aircraft. The engineer will play a key role in a small, fast-moving team and have input to requirements, conceptual system design, and implementation of embedded software for the radio systems for our fly-by-wire aircraft. 


This project requires a strong understanding of microcontroller peripheral interfaces, FPGA integration, and more to design a robust, reliable, and safe radio architecture. You will be involved in the design, implementation, and testing of a successful multi-radio architecture for robust, reliable, long-range communication and control of our fly-by-wire aircraft. 


  • University degree in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, mechatronics, physics, mathematics, or similar field or a strong portfolio of designed and implemented embedded software, or relevant industry experience
  • Knowledge of C++ 
  • Understanding of hardware from an embedded software engineer's perspective
  • Experience with modern integrated development environments and debuggers
  • Knowledge of and experience with communication protocols including I2C, CAN, SPI, UART, etc.
  • A positive attitude and a passion for aerospace!


  • Familiar with ISM and licensed radio spectrums
  • Knowledge of common radio communications protocols, physical layer, and radio aspects
  • Experience with RF test equipment such as Network Analyzers, Spectrum Analyzers, Power Meters, etc.
  • Understanding of modern micro-controller and microprocessor architectures such as ARM Cortex-M0/M3/M4/A8/A9
  • Knowledge of object-oriented programming methodology and multi-layered system architectures
  • Exposure to the software development process and modern software engineering techniques
  • Experience with DO178C process, requirements authoring and verification desirable

Please still apply if you don’t meet all items in the desired section! Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We are dedicated to building a diverse and effective workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Joby Aviation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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