Autonomy Software Engineer

Engineering San Luis Obispo, California Huntsville, Alabama Herndon, Virginia Ann Arbor, Michigan


WORK LOCATION: San Luis Obispo, CA, Huntsville, AL, Ann Arbor, MI or Herndon, VA 

SALARY RANGE: $140,000 - $230,000 




Edge Autonomy is seeking an experienced Autonomy/AI software engineer that can lead the development of our onboard flight autonomy agent. The Autonomy Software Engineer will design and implement autonomy algorithms to run on Nvidia Jetson processors to enable autonomous flight behaviors in a variety of real-world environments. This autonomy system will make fundamental decisions about aircraft flight behavior in the absence of human involvement and must handle a variety of dynamic real-world conditions and events including weather, wind, threats, target, and degradations to aircraft state. This is not a laboratory science project. The software you develop will be deployed on fielded aircraft that actively perform operations around the world.   



The following job functions are a basic requirement but are not limited to and may be assigned other duties.    

  • Lead the design and implementation of the onboard flight autonomy agent on a Jetson processor and interface the Jetson compute node to the aircraft’s onboard vehicle management system.
  • Implement and/or integrate autonomous path planning algorithms on a Jetson processor to enable the aircraft to autonomously respond to high-level mission needs.
  • Implement and/or integrate autonomous flight performance models to enable autonomous generation of optimal flight paths in degraded aircraft states.
  • Implement a decision agent to autonomous react to contingency situations including external factors (adverse weather, threats) and onboard mission-critical or flight-critical events (lost comms, lost engine, degraded flight control).
  • Create a simulation test environment to validate autonomous behavior and test your code in a System Integration Lab (SIL), Hardware Integration Lab (HIL), and Flight Test.
  • Debug, troubleshoot, and isolate software issues



The following are a non-exhaustive list of qualifications for the position: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or similar
  • 5 years minimum experience working in aerospace autonomy
  • Experience writing autonomy algorithms that run on Jetson Processors
  • Proficient in core languages applicable to Jetson deployment (e.g. C++)
  • Solid understanding of algorithms, data structures, and design patterns
  • Understanding of path planning algorithms (e.g. Dijkstra, A*, etc.)
  • Strong sense of ownership and drive in digging into complex problems



  • Experience building a System Integration Lab (SIL) or Hardware Integration Lab (HIL) for Unmanned Aircraft
  • Experience supporting flight test
  • Practical experience writing firmware/embedded code for a physical device
  • Understanding of UAS architectures and subsystems
  • Understanding of flight-critical software requirements
  • Understanding of Flight Behavior and Aircraft Performance



  • Matching 401(k)
  • Paid PTO
  • Paid holidays
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
  • Group Short-Term & Long-Term Disability
  • HSA and FSA Options
  • Critical Care Plan
  • Accident Care Plan


Hiring Requirements 

If an offer of employment offer is extended, applicant must have the ability to pass a background check and the ability to be insured by the Company’s Auto-policy. An Offer of Employment is contingent upon the results. 


Clearance Requirements 

This position may require access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). To comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify a US person’s status. 


Edge Autonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Edge Autonomy is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact [email protected] 

Continued employment remains on an “At-Will” basis.