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Model-Based Systems Engineer



Software Engineering
Everett, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2023

ZeroAvia is a leader in zero-emission aviation, flying the world’s largest hydrogen-electric aircraft since September 2020. Our focus is the design and commercialization of hydrogen-powered aviation solutions to address a variety of markets, initially targeting short-haul, sub-regional commercial flights up to 500 miles. To date, ZeroAvia has secured the UK CAA and FAA experimental permit to fly for its 6 seat aircraft powered by hydrogen-electric powertrain, passed significant flight tests, and is on track for commercial deliveries by 2023. Its achievements to date were rewarded by the UK prime minister by inviting ZeroAvia as a member to the UK Jet Zero Council.

ZeroAvia’s powertrain development focuses on tightly integrating H2 Fuel Cell power systems and storage, along with electric drivetrain components, to deliver a unified solution that is both environmentally friendly and economically superior to traditional aircraft drivetrain solutions.


We are seeking a talented and innovative Model-Based Systems Engineer to join our Electric Motor Team at ZeroAvia. As a Model-Based Systems Engineer, you will play a crucial role in the development and integration of electric propulsion systems for hydrogen-electric aircraft. Your expertise in model-based engineering practices will be instrumental in designing, simulating, and optimizing complex systems to achieve the highest level of performance, safety, and reliability.

  • Model Development: Create and maintain detailed physics-based models of electric propulsion systems, including electric motors, power electronics, control systems, and other related components.
  • Simulation and Analysis: Utilize model-based engineering tools and simulations to analyze system behavior, performance, and interactions under different operating conditions.
  • System Integration: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate and validate models, ensuring that they accurately represent the behavior of the actual system components.
  • Requirements Analysis: Work closely with stakeholders to elicit, analyze, and define system requirements, ensuring that they are correctly captured in the models.
  • Model Validation: Validate models against experimental data and real-world measurements, ensuring accuracy and reliability in the representation of the system's behavior.
  • Model-Based Design: Utilize model-based techniques to guide the design process, identify optimization opportunities, and assess design trade-offs for the electric propulsion system.
  • Performance Optimization: Use model-based simulations to optimize the system's performance, efficiency, and energy consumption, while meeting safety and regulatory requirements.
  • Systems Integration Testing: Support integration testing by collaborating with test engineers to validate and verify the system's performance against the model predictions.
  • Documentation: Prepare and maintain comprehensive documentation of models, simulations, and analysis results to facilitate knowledge sharing and ensure reproducibility.


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, or a related technical field.
  • Proven experience as a Model-Based Systems Engineer, preferably with exposure to complex systems in the aviation, aerospace, or automotive industry.
  • Strong proficiency in model-based engineering tools such as MATLAB/Simulink, SysML, or other relevant software.
  • Solid understanding of electric propulsion systems, electric motors, power electronics, and control systems.
  • Familiarity with systems engineering principles and practices, including requirements analysis and systems integration.
  • Experience in system-level modeling and simulation of dynamic systems is highly desirable.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with attention to detail and a data-driven approach to decision-making.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team and communicate complex technical concepts effectively.
  • Knowledge of hydrogen fuel cell technology and its implications on system design and performance is a plus.

Diversity and inclusion

ZeroAvia is an equal opportunity employer and as a young company in the aviation industry, we value diversity and need people of different backgrounds that bring a plethora of skills, perspectives, and mindsets to the table that can spur originality, imagination, and creativity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.

The wage scale or salary range for this position is between $130,000 - $165,000. In addition to the foregoing base compensation, additional compensation and benefits are available to employees and eligible family members (as applicable) including the following:

  • Bonus: Annual discretionary bonuses.
  • Equity: Ability to exercise company stock options
  • Retirement: Eligible to participate in the company's 401(k) Plan, with up to a 4% matching
  • Health Insurance: Employer covers up to 80% of the employee's monthly premiums on medical, dental, and vision.
  • Life Insurance: Basic Life/AD&D of up to $50,000 and the option to add on Supplemental Coverage.
  • Short-Term Disability: Up to 60% of your earnings for up to a period of 24 weeks.
  • Long-Term Disability: If your disability extends beyond 180 days, LTD Coverage for up to 60% of your earnings.
  • Paid Time Off: Eligible employees may accrue up to 120 hours per year (15 days) and may borrow up to 40 hours (5 days).
  • Sick Time: Eligible employees may accrue up to 40 hours, per year (5 days)
  • Paid Holidays: 12 observed holidays, per calendar year.
  • The Fly Club: up to $2,000 of reimbursement towards flying lessons to all full-time staff

Please note, among other factors, the compensation offered may vary based on work location, experience, qualifications, specialties, training, and then-current market and business considerations