Natilus is seeking a Flight Controls Engineer to lead our Autopilot team. The group will design, analyze and implement control algorithms for unconventional manned and unmanned air vehicles. The team is involved in physical modeling, controls and estimation, control law development with test pilots in simulated environments, software development, flight testing of small scale unmanned airplanes, supporting manned flight testing and whatever else is needed to make things fly. Natilus is designing and building a large 19,000lb Blended Wing Body (BWB) unmanned aerial vehicle to reduce the cost of air freight by 50%. It will be one of the largest UAVs in the world and the first full scale BWB design to fly.

This position is based out of San Diego, CA and will require 25% travel.

US Citzens or Permanent Residents may apply.


Lead a team of peers to establish requirements for flight control system

Source, select and analyze flight sensors

Design and implement flight control algorithms

Develop flight simulation programs

Test control algorithms in simulation, hardware-in-loop and flight

Minimum Requirements

4-year college degree in aerospace engineering, robotics or equivalent field

4+ years previous experience developing flight dynamics simulators, navigation algorithms and/or flight control algorithms

4 or more years professional experience with C++/Matlab/Simulink

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Skills and Experience

MS or PhD in aerospace engineering, robotics or equivalent field

Good grasp of aerodynamics and flight dynamics

Experience with manned aircraft

Previous experience shipping a product

Demonstrated ability to work in a self-directed manner in a fast-paced environment

Attention to detail


  • Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
  • Retirement Plan (401k, IRA)
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
  • Stock Option Plan

Natilus Inc hires solely based on qualifications, merit and competence. Natilus Inc is an equal opportunity employer. Natilus Inc does not hire on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.