Senior Autonomy Engineer, Path Planning and Guidance at Wisk Aero | Powderkeg

Location: Mountain View, CA

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Autonomy

At Wisk, we're transforming the future of urban mobility through safe, all- electric, autonomous flight. We are a passionate team working together toward a sustainable future, solving high-impact problems that have never been solved before. By delivering everyday flight for everyone, we're making it possible to spend less time getting there and more time being there. If you want to be part of shaping the future of mobility, then read on!

As aviation steps into the modern age, advanced algorithms, sensors, and software are playing a much more significant role in delivering aircraft capability. That is especially true for our next generation eVTOL air taxi, which relies on a sophisticated suite of intelligent software combined with novel sensors to fly itself. And we want you to help build it.

We’re looking for a highly motivated senior engineer who will drive the development of path planning algorithms responsible for guiding the vehicle along its journey. You will design, build, and test the algorithms that generate safe and feasible trajectories for our self-flying aircraft. You will play a key part in all stages of intelligent flight planning—from the initial preflight planning, to on-the-fly changes in flight needed to avoid hazards or respond to changes mid-flight. You will interact closely with other autonomy, software, and GNC engineers to develop the high level logic controlling the aircraft. As an expert in the field, you also keep a pulse on technical developments in the industry and academia.

Within 3 months you will

  • Get to know key people on the team
  • Take on early development tasks to gain exposure to the project
  • Develop an understanding of the constraints and challenges of path planning for our aircraft and its unique type of operations
  • Begin exploring prototypes in simulation

Within 6 months you will

  • Develop frameworks and metrics for evaluating technologies
  • Developing detailed logical architectures
  • Explore the capability of your algorithms in simulation
  • Create development roadmaps

Within 12 months you will

  • Continue to develop our design and analysis tools
  • Understand emergent behavior and deeper safety impacts through monte carlo simulations
  • Demonstrate your algorithms in flight tests


  • Perform surveys of the latest technology in industry and academia
  • Design and execute trade studies to evaluate candidate architectures and algorithms
  • Design, develop, and test algorithms in a high level coding language
  • Develop models and simulation environments
  • Work closely with software engineers to develop performant, compliant, and robust implementations
  • Design and execute integrated tests of the software in simulation and in flight demonstrations


  • At least 5 years in industry or academia developing highly automated vehicles
  • B.S. in a related engineering field, M.S. or Ph.D. preferred.
  • Solid foundation of physics, mathematics, probability & statistics.
  • Experience with vehicle guidance and control systems preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Python, Matlab, and C++.


We are located in Mountain View just a couple of hundred feet from Shoreline Lake and its surrounding walking/jogging trails. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance (company pays 100% of employee premium), alternative work schedule (9/80), flexible time off, 10 company holidays, a 401(k) plan with 50% company matching (no vesting period), commuter assistance, and education assistance. And on top of all that, we also offer a variety of perks such as free catered lunches, flight lessons, gym membership subsidies, snacks, drinks, fruits, employee referral bonus, charitable giving match, patent bonus program, happy hours and many more.

In order to protect the health and safety of all Wisk employees in the workplace, we are requiring that all employees receive an FDA-authorized vaccination against COVID-19 prior to physically returning to Wisk’s U.S. offices. Exceptions/accommodations are considered for employees with disabilities or sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices that prevent them from being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Wisk Aero provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Wisk Aero abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. 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.

Wisk Aero is an E-Verify employer.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Senior Autonomy Engineer, Path Planning and Guidance
  • Company
    Wisk Aero
  • Location
    Mountain View, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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