Lead Software Engineer, Simulation

Sunnyvale, CA

Founded in 2015, Acubed is the Silicon Valley innovation center of Airbus. As a global leader in aerospace, Airbus aims to make things fly. Our mission is to provide a lens into the future for the industry, transforming risk into opportunity to build the future of flight now.

At Acubed, we strive to propel innovation to market faster, broaden the talent pool in emerging aerospace careers and simultaneously help drive a culture change across Airbus.

Airbus UTM

At Airbus Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), we are designing, developing and building the critical infrastructure necessary to allow new aircraft, including air taxis and delivery drones, to safely enter and share the skies of our future. We collaborate with regulators, industry organizations, manufacturers and colleagues from around the world to develop a unified language and vision for the interoperable, global deployment of digital traffic management.

Our team is  passionate about building a safe, scalable and efficient infrastructure to transport the people and goods of tomorrow. Do you share this passion? Come join us!

The Opportunity

As a Lead Software Engineer, Simulation, you will work on Airbus UTM's simulation platform for testing and developing the systems that will manage the traffic of autonomous vehicles in the future airspace. We are a lean, fast-moving team, so we value flexibility and the personal drive to identify and tackle hard problems.


  • Design and develop models, algorithms, and services that interact with simulated and proof-of-concept implementations of UTM
  • Analyze the safety and efficiency of various concepts, architectures and services within UTM 
  • Create novel approaches to modeling and simulation of traffic management concepts
  • Work closely with subject matter experts to design and prototype algorithms for decision making, demand and fleet management, airspace allocation and other challenging problems
  • Drive the implementation of the simulation platform as it grows and develops 
  • Lead and support research efforts on novel approaches for traffic management and unmanned systems that result in conference or journal publications


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or a related discipline
  • 10+ years of progressive experience in software engineering
  • 5+ years of progressive experience developing simulation software
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear, well-structured and well-documented code
  • Highly proficient in a general purpose programming language such as Python
  • A flexible, pragmatic attitude to contribute across various efforts as needed
  • Documented proof of fully vaccinated status required (or qualify for an exemption)

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (e.g., Master’s or Doctorate ) in computer science, computer engineering or a related discipline
  • Working understanding of aviation and aerospace engineering
  • Familiarity with general purpose programming languages such as Go, C/C++, etc.
  • Familiarity with analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence related libraries, frameworks, algorithms and tools such as pandas, NumPy, SciPy, Scikit-learn, PyTorch, TensorFlow, etc.
  • Familiarity with Agile software development processes
  • Ability to build prototype software to quickly validate concepts and ideas
  • Eager to learn new technologies and tools as they emerge


  • Exceptional PPO medical, dental and vision benefits 100% of premiums covered for employee and their family/dependents
  • Generous PTO of 5 weeks (6 weeks after two years) in addition to 11 national holidays and unlimited paid sick days
  • Tuition reimbursement, professional development  $15,750 for flight training
  • 3 months paid parental leave from Day 1

* Note that Acubed does not offer sponsorship of employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions for this role.