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Autonomy System Designer/Architect

Aurora Company Overview:

Aurora Flight Sciences is a world leader in the development of highly autonomous aircraft.  Our mission is to apply autonomy and robotics to the development, production, and operation of advanced aircraft.  We aim to change the way we travel.

We frequently achieve what others can’t due to a combination of experience, persistence, collaboration, and a culture of innovation.  Projects are ambitious and risky. We apply breakthrough technologies to create a new state of the art, rather than advancing the old one. 

Position Overview:

We are looking for an Autonomy Systems Architect to help us design and deploy next generation aircraft systems to enable unmanned aircraft to safely fly within the National Airspace System (NAS). This individual will apply strong systems engineering skills, software engineering skills, and autonomy domain knowledge to solve the challenges in engineering unmanned aircraft that effectively interact with air traffic control and other airspace users to achieve regular access to the NAS. Working within a multi-disciplinary team, this individual will take these autonomy systems from concept to the field, making critical contributions to the architectural concept design of autonomy software systems  for both existing and new, purpose-built aircraft.


Candidate will perform engineering related to development of autonomous systems and integration of these aircraft into the NAS while using a broad spectrum of tools and technologies to meet both internal analysis and external client requirements. Expect a team environment with self-motivated, highly trained professionals. 

  • Work within a team environment to investigate and resolve complex problems

  • Work on high-level system software architectures and development, including requirements development

  • Lead teams in the implementation of system software design

  • Lead integration and deployment of designed systems

  • Support project activities involving collaboration with FAA and industry stakeholders

  • Provide aviation and air traffic control domain knowledge continuously to further knowledge across the company and add insight on projects

  • Lead analyses, diagnoses, and updates to system designs and implementations

  • Develop improvements to procedures, concepts and system designs that lead to enhanced system performance

  • Review specifications, requirements, proposals, and other engineering documents

  • Communicate effectively with team members, internal clients, and external clients

  • Act as a Customer Advocate, bringing customer issues to the full development team.



  • Exemplary work ethic.  Engineers are expected to contribute significantly from day one, whether they are creating flight code for a new aircraft, designing a robotic co-pilot, or conceptualizing a UAV pilot interface. A key Aurora value is to “maintain a sense of urgency and a bias towards action.”

  • Candidate should have a working knowledge of one or multiple areas listed below:

  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated leadership

  • Effective time management skills

  • Ability to synthesize customer requirements and create innovative solutions to meet customer needs

  • Experience with Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and related tools preferred

Candidate Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Person (U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident/Green Card Holder)

  • Education: BS MS or PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related discipline

  • Years of Experience: 5+


Aurora Flight Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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An Insider's view of Aurora Flight Sciences

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I look forward to coming into work every day, because the office is abuzz with excitement and innovation. Everyone is working on new things and pushing the boundaries of aerospace. The hallway chatter ranges from topics in advanced aerodynamics to when the next rock-climbing meet-up will be. I imagine this is how NASA felt during the space race.


Aircraft Conceptual Designer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Aurora is committed to solving challenging technical problems across the aerospace industry. Our team is focused on providing core functions that enable certifiable autonomy in practice, from autonomous threat detection/mitigation to planning, estimation, and control of optionally piloted aircraft in unstructured environments.


Autonomy Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

To be successful one has to be an optimist and take initiative. We are working on projects that have not been done before so every new idea or approach needs to be welcomed with creativity and an open mind. Learning is endless here, but it is up to the individual to ask questions and take ownership of their work.

Destiny Mora

Embedded Systems Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

At Aurora creativity is a necessity. Most of our projects are at the cutting edge of what’s possible and require solving one or more engineering problems that have never before been solved before. It’s in our DNA and we encourage this from Day 1.


Senior Vice President of Programs

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

This is where you get to work with the smartest people, across every discipline, on a multitude of trailblazing products. This is where your voice will always be heard. This is where you will be encouraged to try everything. This is where you want to be.


Mechanical Systems Group Lead

What are Aurora Flight Sciences Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
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