Hi all,

I would like to inform everyone that a flight control engineer/software developer position currently exists at Martin Aircraft Company.


Martin Aircraft is a small R&D company based in Christchurch, New Zealand which is currently in development of the Martin Jetpack. The Jetpack has been featured in the media all over the world, including being named in Time magazines “Top 50 Best Inventions of 2010”.


Essential qualities:

  • A Bachelor of Engineering
  • C/C++ programming experience
  • Proven microcontroller and electronics experience
  • Practical experience in control algorithm development and implementation (at the very least a thorough understanding of PID implementation/tuning)
  • A thorough understanding of, and practical experience with autonomous UAV and/or fly-by-wire systems (inertial sensors, GPS, software, communications etc)
  • Proficient with MATLAB
  • Must be willing/able to relocate to Christchurch, New Zealand


Highly desirable but non essential qualities:

  • GUI development experience (preferably using Qt)
  • C# programming experience
  • Some understanding of navigation algorithms (Kalman filtering etc)
  • Experience with Simulink
  • Proficient with Solidworks
  • PCB design experience
  • Some knowledge of ducted fan and basic flight dynamics


The successful applicant will effectively be my replacement as I am leaving to begin a PhD in March.


Applicants from outside of Australasia are invited to apply but will be subject to immigration/work permit rules and regulations.


If you have any questions, feel free to PM me, otherwise email your CV and expression of interest to dan.wilson@martinaircraft.co.nz.


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Comment by Jason Lyons on February 6, 2011 at 10:41pm
Is there a minimum number of years experience in the industry required, or are grads encouraged to apply as well?
Comment by Dan Wilson on February 6, 2011 at 11:15pm
Grads are encouraged to apply too, as long as they have some sort of relevant experience, whether it be from past jobs/internships, a final year project or something like the UAV Outback Challenge.
Comment by Matt on February 7, 2011 at 7:56pm

Thanks Dan. That makes this incredibly ironic, check out the author:



Comment by Knuckles904 on February 7, 2011 at 8:35pm
My jaw dropped when I saw this. Dream job...but im a little far from NZ and my family/girlfriend wouldnt take kindly to that extreme a move


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