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Software Engineer, Embedded Firmware (R2524)

Shield AI

Shield AI

Software Engineering
San Diego, CA, USA · San Diego, CA, USA · Oregon, USA
Posted on Friday, March 1, 2024
Introduction to Shield AI
Founded in 2015, Shield AI is a venture-backed defense technology company whose mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. In pursuit of this mission, Shield AI is building the world’s best AI pilot. Its AI pilot, Hivemind, has flown a fighter jet (F-16), a vertical takeoff and landing drone (V-BAT), and a quadcopter (Nova). The company has offices in San Diego, Dallas, Washington DC and abroad. Shield AI’s products and people are currently in the field actively supporting operations with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. allies.
The Embedded Software team is a motivated group of engineers focused on developing the software that merges hardware, operating systems and applications for cutting-edge Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Embedded Software engineers work with electrical engineers, systems engineers, and the autonomy team to design and develop custom PCB’s and systems which support modern aerospace sensors, state-of-the-art UAV avionics, and groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence applications.
As a member of the Embedded Software team, you will be responsible for software bring up on custom electronic boards and systems, integration of new operating systems and writing of drivers for a variety of sensors and interfaces, designing and developing applications to provide flight control, navigation, vehicle health, and AI driven autonomous control of various autonomous robotic vehicles.


  • Develop firmware in C++ to interface with new sensors and control flight-critical components
  • Create software for system diagnostics and testing
  • Research, design, and implement state-of-the-art network centric software applications, taking ideas from conception to field deployment
  • Prototype and bring up new hardware platforms
  • Develop novel and efficient solutions in domains such as motor control, radio communications and vehicle networking


  • Typically requires a minimum of 2 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 0 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD without experience; or equivalent work experience.
  • Bachelors in CS, CE, EE, or requisite experience
  • Strong C/C++ background
  • Experience in bare-metal firmware development for embedded systems
  • Experience in a collaborative development environment, focused on continuous integration/delivery & unit testing to assure software quality
  • Familiarity with common version control (git) and build systems (CMake, or similar)
  • Demonstrated record of working hard, strong communication skills, being a trustworthy teammate, and being kind to others


  • 2+ years professional avionics software development experience
  • Experience in Linux Kernel or RTOS development - device trees and bring up on new hardware
  • Experience working on safety-critical applications in a regulated industry (civil aviation, automotive, etc.)
Total package details:
Regular employee positions: Salary within range listed above + Bonus + Benefits + Equity
Temporary employee positions: Hourly within range listed above + temporary benefits package (applicable after 60 days of employment)
*Interns/Military Fellows/Part-time not eligible for bonus, benefits or equity
Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, licenses and certifications, and specific work location. All offers are contingent on a cleared background and possible reference check.
If you're interested in being part of our team, apply now!
Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.