Senior Model-Based Design Engineer

Job Brief

Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company is a world leader in the development of highly autonomous aircraft. Our mission is to change the way we travel by applying autonomy and robotics to the development, production and operation of advanced aircraft.


This position designs and develops high integrity flight and mission-critical onboard software for UAV systems and delivers integrated and tested software in the unmanned aerospace system markets.

This position designs and develops high integrity flight and mission-critical onboard software for UAV systems and delivers integrated and tested software in the unmanned aerospace system markets. The main purpose of this position is to shape the requirements, design and implement target hardware software, fully integrate and test software and support flight testing.  This position generates software with a high degree of safety-critical rigor. 

Aurora’s work environment provides significant responsibility and authority to implement robust, cost-effective, and high-performing technical solutions.  As part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team, this engineer participates hands-on in the full software life-cycle, from concept through implementation, integration all the way to flight test. This activity requires collaboration with other engineering disciplines in planning, design and development of systems to ensure software and hardware performance and compatibility. The position also requires authoring test plans and test cases, conducting unit, integration, and system-level testing. Typically, the applicant will use toolsets that support applications that run-in space and time partitions.  These are typically on a real-time operating system executing on a wide range of processor families.  

Aurora utilizes a structured, model-based-design approach to develop the flight control and associated software systems to fly autonomous aircraft.  Aurora’s development environment requires sufficient rigor to pass challenging criteria for flight-critical software.  We also tailor this approach to enable very efficient use of our developer’s time.   Aurora structures our unit test approach to automate unit testing as much as possible.  The use of MBD and appropriate rigor enables this approach.

Typical software functionality for a UAS includes guidance, navigation & control, mission sequencing, payload control, redundancy and contingency management, uplink and downlink packet encoding and decoding, converting between different serial protocols, hardware-in-the-loop simulation, ground based GUIs, and aircraft subsystem control (i.e., engine, electrical system, fuel system).


  • Define, analyze and review system & software requirements to meet defined and anticipated customer needs and system quality and performance standards.
  • Collaborate with other engineering disciplines in planning, design and development of systems to ensure software and hardware performance and compatibility
  • Design software architecture and interfaces and implement functionality, typically using a model-based approach. Additional activities may involve developing in C/C++, Java and other programming languages.
  • Write test plans and test cases, conduct unit-, integration-, and system-level testing.


  • B.S. in Mechanical/Computer/Electrical Engineering or applicable engineering or science field, Master's degree preferred.
  • Must be a US Person (US citizenship or green card)
  • 10+ years of professional experience in a related field
  • Must have at least one year of demonstrated, hands-on professional experience in at least one, ideally a combination, of the following areas:
  1. Model-based design and/or test using the Simulink/Stateflow tool chain.
  2. Software development in a relevant subject matter area:  UAS or other robotic system guidance, navigation and control; ground- or airborne mission systems; general aerospace flight control or cockpit avionics systems; ground stations; payload control.
  3. Development/operations of hardware-in-the-loop simulators, conducting testing and troubleshooting of HW/SW interfaces.
  4. Open Architecture oriented systems applied to complex aerospace or military systems (C2, payload data, etc.)
  • Demonstrated capability to have personally developed (i.e. modeled or written) safety-critical aircraft software design with the past 24 months.
  • Must be willing to work under, and help refine, a defined software development process.
  • Engineers considered for a lead position must have demonstrated deliveries in an equivalent position.


  • Work experience or internship with developing production software in an autonomous vehicle or robotics environment.
  • Operating in a regulated development environment, like CMMI (level 3 or higher) or DO-178C. 
  • Using the IBM DOORS Requirements Management software.
  • Using Mathworks Simulink/Stateflow to develop auto-generated production code.

Aurora Company Overview:

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing Company, is a leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles.  Our mission is to apply autonomy and robotics to the development, production, and operation of advanced aircraft.  During the last three decades, Aurora has designed, rapid-prototyped, and flown an average of one new vehicle a year for both government and commercial customers. Now, as an independent subsidiary of Boeing, Aurora’s innovation is combined with Boeing’s size and strength, creating an unprecedented opportunity to shape the future of aerospace systems.


Aurora Flight Sciences, A Boeing Company, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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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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