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Systems Engineer, Human Factors

Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation

Software Engineering
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Systems Engineer, Human Factors

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz
Systems Engineering
Regular Full-Time

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the Joby Aviation team has been steadily working toward our goal of providing safe, affordable, fully electric air transportation that is accessible to everyone. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the congestion below, giving you back that time you’d otherwise spend sitting in traffic. Technology has advanced to the point where designing and operating an all-electric aircraft is completely viable. Our team has been discreetly designing and flight testing this vehicle and is looking for talented individuals to see it through certification and high rate production.


The Systems Engineer, Human Factors will be a key position contributing to and continuing to develop Human Factors expertise within Joby. This position will own and contribute to concept development and validation, systems development and integration, and certification activities related to Human Factors aspects of the aircraft design. This position will be focused on highly augmented and automated flight controls, advanced displays and system controls, and pilot integration with increasingly automated and autonomous systems for eVTOL aircraft and urban air mobility operations. Additionally, this position will be instrumental in building a Human Factors Center of Excellence within Joby for current and future projects.

The most important traits at Joby are attitude towards the project, hard work ethic, and being able to self-manage and learn new skills. Forward thinking will be highly regarded as well.


  • Working with multiple engineering and pilot teams:
    o Providing Human Factors support across the product lifecycle
    o Establishing design philosophies and strategies for Human Factors considerations, including Simplified Vehicle Operations
    o Executing design development activities for Human Factors, including mock-ups, simulators, and user feedback studies
    o Leading requirements management and system development assurance activities for Human Factors considerations
    o Creating and reviews designs, develops solutions, and ensures compliance with company objectives and airworthiness standards
  • Conducting qualitative assessments and quantitative analyses to support definition of the pilot vehicle interface aspects of designs, and coordinating closely with engineering teams to synthesize findings into actionable design requirements to support the ARP 4754 processes
  • Planning and executing test campaigns, overseeing test article fabrication, and witnessing tests in order demonstrate applicable design show compliance with airworthiness standards
  • Developing, reviewing, and approving human factors artifacts related to:
    o Human systems integrations, pilot functional task allocations
    o Flight deck philosophy, crew alerting philosophy and methodologies
    o Pilot in the loop simulation studies, pilot procedures development and validation
    o Review and validation of human factors aspects of safety assessments
    o Test plans and reports, design and analysis reports
  • Interfacing with certification authorities as required (FAA, EASA, etc.)
  • Developing human factors standards and related in-house training


  • Experience with human factors aspects of aircraft development
  • Experience in conducting pilot task analyses, workload assessments, and human factors methodologies
  • Working knowledge of advanced pilot-vehicle interfaces, specifically highly augmented flight control systems and flight deck controls and displays
  • Working knowledge of pilot situational awareness systems, features, and methodologies
  • Experience in conducting experiments to define and validated human factors requirements
  • Working knowledge of 14 CFR Part 23 regulations and guidance material
  • The ability to question assumptions in regulations, guidance material, and engineering specifications
  • Experience in defining and validating design requirements
  • Experience in test planning, execution, and documentation
  • The ability to read, review, and create engineering specifications and drawings
  • At least 5 years of relevant aviation or aerospace industry experience
  • A Bachelor of Science in an applicable engineering discipline
  • Proficient in English
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products


  • A private pilot certificate, advanced ratings preferred
  • Experience with prototyping user interface hardware and software
  • Previous aircraft development and certification experience
  • Whole-aircraft FAA certification program experience
  • An expert level understanding of design standards and verification methods for human factors aspects of airplanes and helicopters
  • Experience and involvement with industry groups to develop consensus standards
  • 10 years of relevant experience, with 5 or more focused on human factors in piloted vehicles
  • Familiar with Dassault Systemes engineering and management tools

Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $108,000 - $180,200/year. The compensation package offered will be determined by location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Joby also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off, healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan with a company match, an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, and more.


Joby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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