Senior GNC Engineer

Talyn Air, Inc.

Talyn is pursuing a vision to reshape aerial transportation. We are developing long-range electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for passengers and cargo. Talyn’s architecture achieves significant payload, range, and speed benefits over competitors. We achieve this by using our staged aircraft architecture which includes a very efficient electric fixed wing aircraft that can be released and caught mid-air with our separable VTOL vehicle. An animation of the system can be seen at

We are currently flying subscale prototypes and look forward to tackling the hard challenge of making mid-air separation and docking of aircraft a reliable reality by building a team of dedicated experts to help enable its success across multiple market segments. This position will be focused on the design, build, and test of our next prototypes, multi-hundred-pound aircraft, and future iterations.


  • Ownership over the guidance and control algorithms required for the full Talyn vehicle system flight regime, and overall flight performance including the critical separation/docking maneuvers as well as vertical flight
  • Modeling of aircraft dynamics, implementation of simulations in both software- and hardware-in-the-loop tests, implementation of the algorithms and state machine in the flight software
  • Perform post flight data correlation to analysis to further improve simulation capability and algorithm designs
  • As Talyn is a startup, you will be expected to wear many hats, get your hands dirty with the hardware, and make critical design and business decisions.

Basic Qualifications

  • Self-starter with high accountability suited to work in a dynamic startup atmosphere
  • Ability to quickly learn new skills as required to solve problems
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex technical issues and risks to a broad audience
  • Ability to foster and maintain a positive and enjoyable working environment for themselves and the team
  • Must be willing to work full time on-site with the team in Los Angeles, CA

Preferred Experience

  • Demonstrated experience with the design, testing, and flight analysis of guidance and control algorithms on complex vehicle systems
  • Understanding of aircraft dynamics and control strategies including vertical flight with multicopter architectures
  • Familiarity with aircraft sizing for control strategies in the conceptual through detailed design phases
  • Experience running system level architectural trades
  • Proficient in using software to support design and test activities

To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.