GNC Engineer

Xwing is seeking a hands-on entrepreneurial GNC candidate to conduct cutting-edge work in sensing and high-level vehicle controls. You’ll get to work with a world-class engineering team in autonomous transportation and aerospace. Responsibilities and compensation will be commensurate with experience.

About us: We’re an early-stage, San Francisco-based startup working to increase human mobility by developing autonomous flight capability for small passenger aircraft. Our team consists of hands-on passionate individuals with experience from the foremost aerospace companies and academic institutions. We all share a drive to build exceptional products that challenge conventional thinking. Learn more at

  • Develop algorithms for state estimation, sensor fusion, target tracking, high-level vehicle controls, and path planning
  • Prototype and test algorithms in simulation and in the field
  • Work with software engineers to develop and maintain simulation environment for autonomous aircraft
  • Run large scale simulations, analyze simulation results and generate high-quality reports
  • Follow and support flight test activity
  • Conduct engineering trade studies, document decision process and implementation
  • Derive subsystem requirements and specifications, including sensors, compute platforms, and control actuation
  • Work on hardware selection for sensor and other subsystems
  • Support subsystem testing and verification in simulation and in the field

Required qualifications:

  • 2-10 years of professional GNC experience in aviation, aerospace, naval, or related fields
  • Demonstrated expertise in sensor fusion
  • Strong background in probabilistic estimation theory and signal filtering
  • Experience with real-time operations and real-world data
  • Expert knowledge of C / C++
  • Effective at working in a multidisciplinary team and communicating across stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a fast-pace environment

Desirable qualifications:

  • Understanding of DO-178 software process
  • Experience selecting and testing sensors and/or other hardware
  • Experience with autonomous systems
  • MS/PhD in a related field (CS / ME / AE / EE)

 Employment terms:
To conform to U.S. Government aerospace technology export regulations (EAR / ITAR), applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Employer provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, employer complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employer expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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