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Senior Software Engineer - Hardware Test (Avionics)



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers.
The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

As a Software Test Engineer at Zipline you will have the unique opportunity to develop, and deploy high quality software that will power our automated testers for all our next-generation systems. Through developing these tests you will gain a deep understanding of our full avionics stack and the embedded code that lives in them, including flight computers, power distribution boards, battery management systems, and motor controllers. You will also interface with large mechatronics systems and need to develop complex scripts that automate many sensors and actuators with operator safety in mind. You will own these systems from early prototype design all the way to field root-cause, driving schedules, managing vendors and bridging cross-functional teams around a reliability focus. Most importantly, all of this work you will take on will be the last line of defense before our vehicles are shipped all over the world to perform vital deliveries. Do you have what it takes?

What You'll Do

  • Architect, develop and deploy test software that will be used to validate components from avionics boards to large ground systems
  • Develop automation-centric software scripts to streamline design and production testing
  • Develop a deep understanding of components under test, becoming a subject matter expert in the device behavior under a range of environmental and system conditions
  • Coordinate cross-functional teams and external vendors to deploy high quality test system deliverables in a timely manner
  • Drive end-to-end test campaigns from design validation through to qualification, production automation, and pre-flight testing
  • Triage and root-cause field failures, using data analysis, test heritage, correlation to operating conditions, and one-off test campaigns
  • Develop automation software scripts to streamline design and production testing

What You'll Bring

  • Experience programming in Python for production applications, and some knowledge of embedded C
  • Experience building automation systems for use in safety-critical applications
  • Experience working with Git / CI and the software development process
  • Experience developing software that interfaces directly with hardware, including navigating datasheets and validating hands-on with hardware
  • Experience developing test plans for hardware systems
  • Experience using and deep understanding of common test instrumentation and sensors.
  • Experience solving complex multidisciplinary problems with little supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $130,000 - 165,000. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!