Archer is an aerospace company based in Palo Alto, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 60 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise. 

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

What You’ll Do

  • Develop motor controller firmware architecture
  • Develop, test and validate motor control functionality for a permanent magnet electric motor including: sensorless and sensored control, position and velocity estimation, current control, fault detection
  • Define requirements for motor control software and interfacing hardware components including voltage and current sensors, power stages, speed sensors
  • Support dynamometer testing for performance requirements validation
  • Develop a graphical user interface to send commands and display information from the controller
  • Participate in code reviews

What You Need

  • BS Degree in Electrical Engineering with 5+ years or MS with 3+ years of experience in related fields
  • Expert knowledge of permanent magnet machines motor control algorithms, preferably in the 50kW-200kW range.
  •  Experience with various PWM schemes such as space vector, discontinuous, and sinusoidal modulation, including data-acquisition methods
  • Completed at least one full cycle from paper requirements to working motor control firmware
  • Experience with python or other scripting languages
  • Experience with version control technologies (git, svn, etc.)
  • System-oriented understanding of thermal, aircraft-level torque control, high voltage DC-link integration, efficiency optimization, and firmware integration for electric drives
  • Understanding of electric motors and power electronics
  • Hands-on experience in hardware design and testing
  • Master of all types of lab instruments: oscilloscope, multimeters, power analyzers etc.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience with DO-178C
  • Experience with DO-254
  • Experience with Hardware Description Languages (VHDL, Verilog, System Verilog, etc.)
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