Senior Flight Controls Software Engineer

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San Jose, California, United States, United States

Posted on: 2023-10-17

Category: transportation

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Full time

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About the company:

Archer is an aerospace company building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft focused on improving mobility in cities. The company's mission is to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. Archer is designing, manufacturing, and operating a fully electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 60 miles at speeds of up to 150mph while producing minimal noise. Archer's team is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Archer is an aerospace company based in San Jose, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 60 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise. 

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for an experienced Embedded Software Engineer to join the software team at Archer. The role consists in designing, developing and testing safety critical software for Archer’s fault tolerant flight controls system. 


What you’ll do:

  • Develop safety critical software components for Archer’s flight control system.
  • Participate in planning, design, scheduling, prioritizing, and tracking the project.
  • Work with system engineers to decompose item requirements into high level and low level software requirements in compliance with DO-178C.
  • Work with a multi-disciplinary team to develop and integrate the complex hardware/software flight control system.
  • Development of software plans, processes & guidelines
  • Software requirements decomposition, analysis, definition, and traceability
  • Software design and development, performance, risk, safety, operation and cost optimization trade studies, and lead / conduct design reviews
  • Software analyses, requirements-based testing, and structural coverage analysis 
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of our processes to increase safety and efficiency.

What you need:

  • 5+ years of experience in a flight control software or a related field
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related degree
  • Proficiency with C/C++
  • Experience with MATLAB/Simulink
  • Fluency with widely used scripting languages like bash and Python
  • Experience developing software complying with safety standards like DO-178C or ISO 26262 to high criticality levels (DAL-A/B)
  • Understanding of communication standards and protocols (RS-422/485, CAN, ARINC-429, AFDX, Ethernet, TCP/IP, etc…)
  • Familiarity with debuggers and lab instruments such oscilloscopes and bus analyzers
  • Experience with Model Based Software development and certification (DO-331)
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills

Bonus qualifications

  • Experience with VHDL and/or Verilog development
  • Familiarity with modeling tools like UML or SysML
  • Knowledge of Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS) and multi-threading
  • Experience in Linux
  • Experience with DO-254
  • Experience with tools qualification (DO-330)

At Archer we aim to attract, retain, and motivate talent that possess the skills and leadership necessary to grow our business. We drive a pay-for-performance culture and reward performance that supports the Company’s business strategy. For this position we are targeting a base pay between $148,000 - $185,000. Actual compensation offered will be determined by factors such as job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Archer is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to job applicants with physical or mental disabilities, and those with sincerely held religious beliefs. Applicants who may require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should provide their name and contact information to Archer’s People Team at [email protected]. Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Archer is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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