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Principal Navigation Engineer

Company: Supernal
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: March 15, 2023

Job Description:

Supernal is at the forefront of creating emerging mobility solutions that will foster the development of human-centered cities. We are designing a completely new electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft tailored to the mobility needs of future cities. This allows passengers a seamless intermodal journey that safely transports them to their final destination. We fuse research in autonomy, robotics, aviation and services to define a new category of mobility for the world's communities. We believe in creative thinking and collaboration to help build a better mobility experience for everyone, improving people's ability to move - whether for work or play.

What we do:

The Principal Navigation Engineer is responsible for development and implementation of navigation algorithms for our aircraft. The role leads navigation projects from requirements and software architecture to algorithms design, implementation, tuning and validation.

What you can do:

  • Craft the vision and define roadmap for navigation team's deliverables
  • Collaborate in highly multi-functional environment and work closely with avionics, flight control teams, software, simulations, and business-related teams
  • Participate in navigation tasks including system trade studies, component modeling of inertial measurement units (IMU), global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), camera, radar, LiDAR as well as simulation of navigation algorithms, particularly Bayesian filters
  • Define and validate requirements for the aircraft sensors and state estimation software including sensors selection, voting, monitoring, fault detection, and sensor fusion
  • Work with a multi-disciplinary team to develop and integrate complex hardware/software systems
  • Contribute to architecture concepts, concept of operations, and technology trade studies
  • Analyze, source, and select sensor solutions for use in the navigation system
  • Review research papers and EASA/FAA reports, guidelines, engineering briefs, etc.
  • Give technical presentations and provide technical support to Autonomy/Engineering collaborators
  • Other duties as assigned What you can contribute:
    • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, or other related fields
    • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in sensor signal processing and sensor fusion algorithms (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)
    • Experience with GNSS aided inertial navigation system and performance analysis of navigation systems and navigation state error estimation with knowledge of optimal state estimation filters such as Kalman Filter and Extended Kalman filter (EKF)
    • Deep understanding of classical and modern navigation methodologies
    • GNSS aided inertial navigation sensor fusion algorithm development
    • Proven track record of shipping production-quality navigation/localization systems for autonomous vehicles
    • Proficiency in C a must
    • Thorough understanding of state estimation techniques: state observers, Kalman filter, nonlinear state estimation
    • Experience developing and integrating state estimation algorithms for localization, calibration, mapping, or SLAM applications in robotic systems
    • Exceptional organizational, presentation, and communication skills
    • Strong proficiency in modern software development workflows and practices, including version control, build and test systems, and peer review You may also be able to contribute:
      • Master's degree or Ph.D. preferred
      • Proficiency with C++ and Python preferred
      • Experience developing algorithms which fuse many sensor modalities is a plus Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request to be provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation at:

        This position may include access to certain technology and/or software source code, that will be subject to U.S. export control laws. If an export license or other export control authorization is required in connection with your employment, your employment is contingent upon Supernal's receipt of such license or authorization and approvals and your continued compliance with all conditions and limitations contained in such license or authorization.

        The pay range for this position is:
        $232,960 $349,440 USD

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