2021-09-23 Google Operations Center
Senior Software Engineer - Simulation
Palo Alto, California, United States

About Wing: 

Wing is an Alphabet company that offers drone delivery as a safer, faster, and cleaner alternative to pickup or delivery by road. Today, Wing delivers food, medicine, and other supplies directly to homes on three continents, including two national capitals, with tens of thousands of flights to customers in the United States, Finland, and Australia. In addition, Wing is demonstrating traffic management technology to help all drone operators share the skies. Originally created in 2012 within X, the Moonshot Factory, Wing is now an Alphabet company and the first drone Air Carrier certified in the United States.

About the Role: 

Wing is looking for a software engineer to join our simulation team based in Palo Alto, CA. Simulation is a core technology for Wing - it enables testing of systems in scenarios and at scales not possible in real world flight testing. Simulation is central to Wing’s development workflow, where our tools provide rapid feedback for R&D. Simulation is also heavily used for continuous verification, where it is critical for ensuring the safety of our fleet of autonomous aircraft.

The simulation team’s work spans vehicle physics and sensor modelling, camera image generation, large scale simulation frameworks, continuous vehicle performance monitoring and avionics hardware testing. In addition we build user facing tools to allow efficient configuration of simulations and analysis of results.

In this role, you’ll collaborate to architect, design and implement simulation software for Wing’s full stack end-to-end system. Your work will be a key part of development and validation of new technology as Wing launches unique airspace and delivery products to the public. The ideal candidate has demonstrated experience building production software, and the ability to deliver results as part of a dynamic, cross-functional team. We’re looking for highly skilled software engineers but previous experience in simulation is not a hard requirement.

What You’ll Do: 

  • Work with teams across Wing to define requirements for new simulation tools and environments
  • Design and implement simulation software used for the development and validation of critical systems (e.g. flight control software, perception/vision systems, Unmanned Traffic Management systems, human-pilot interfaces, avionics hardware)
  • Develop reliable and scalable infrastructure supporting evaluation of Wing’s end-to-end software and hardware at scale
  • Enable accelerated R&D development by enhancing our tools and capabilities (e.g. simulated scenario configuration, system failure simulation, data analysis pipelines)

What You’ll Need: 

  • 5+ years experience developing and maintaining complex software systems
  • A technical degree or equivalent practical experience
  • Proficiency in C++ and Python
  • Demonstrated experience designing solutions to complex problems
  • An interdisciplinary focus since you'll work closely with engineering teams across the company


  • Passion for aviation and developing new technologies
  • Experience with quality assurance, in particular verification and validation testing
  • Full stack skills (e.g. web UIs and backends for engineering analysis tools)
  • Experience with data pipelines, analysis and visualization
  • Knowledge of Google production technologies
At Wing, we don’t just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
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