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Director of Avionics



Atlanta, GA, USA
Posted on Friday, July 21, 2023
Hermeus is a startup developing hypersonic aircraft to radically accelerate air travel. At Mach 5, more than twice the speed of the supersonic Concorde, passengers will be able to cross the Atlantic in 90 minutes. On the path to hypersonic passenger aircraft, Hermeus is partnering with government agencies including the US Air Force and NASA to develop a series of autonomous aircraft that derisk the technology and solve urgent national security challenges. These products provide the data and confidence necessary to certify, produce, operate, and maintain safe and comfortable commercial aircraft. Hypersonic aircraft have the potential to create trillions of dollars of new global economic growth per year, unlocking significant resources that can be utilized to solve the world’s greatest problems.
As the Director of Avionics, you will be responsible for overseeing the entire avionics engineering function within our company. Your primary focus will be on designing and implementing advanced avionics systems that enable safe and efficient operations of our high-speed aircraft. You will lead a talented team of avionics engineers and work collaboratively with other engineering disciplines, including aerodynamics, structures, and propulsion, to ensure seamless integration of avionics systems throughout the aircraft.


  • Avionics Strategy and Leadership
  • Develop and implement the overall avionics strategy aligned with the company's vision and goals.
  • Provide strong leadership and guidance to the avionics engineering team, fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence.
  • Define avionics design standards, processes, and best practices to ensure efficient development and certification of avionics systems.
  • Avionics System Design and Integration
  • Lead the design, development, and integration of avionics systems for high-speed aircraft, including flight controls, navigation, communication, data acquisition, and display systems.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant regulatory requirements and industry standards for avionics systems.
  • Collaborate closely with other engineering teams to ensure seamless integration of avionics systems with aircraft subsystems.
  • Technical Expertise and Innovation
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in avionics technologies, tools, and techniques relevant to high-speed aircraft.
  • Drive continuous improvement in avionics design and functionality, exploring innovative solutions to enhance safety, efficiency, and performance.
  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to the avionics engineering team, promoting professional development and knowledge sharing.
  • Cross-functional Collaboration
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams, including aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, and software, to ensure integration of avionics systems into the overall aircraft architecture.
  • Collaborate with external suppliers and partners for avionics component selection, procurement, and integration.
  • Certification and Regulatory Compliance:
  • Lead the avionics certification process, ensuring compliance with applicable aviation regulations, standards, and guidelines.
  • Coordinate with regulatory authorities and certification agencies to obtain necessary approvals for avionics systems.


  • Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field (advanced degree preferred).
  • Extensive experience (7+ years) in avionics engineering.
  • Management experience including interviewing and professional development.
  • Proven track record in designing, developing, and certifying avionics systems for aerospace applications.
  • Deep understanding of avionics technologies, systems engineering principles, and industry standards (e.g., DO-178, DO-254).
  • Strong knowledge of regulatory requirements and certification processes for avionics systems.
  • Proficiency in using avionics design and simulation tools (e.g., MATLAB/Simulink, CAD software).
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate a team.
We encourage you to apply even if you have skillsets and experience outside of our current needs as we're always open to connect and discuss future opportunities.