Principal Software Engineer

Shield AI

Shield AI

501-1,000 employees

Develops autonomous AI pilots for military aircrafts

AI & Machine Learning


San Diego, CA, USA

Required Skills
Software Testing
  • 15+ years of related experience developing large, production quality software systems.
  • Expertise and deep experience with modern C++ (C++17 and beyond).
  • Expertise in deep experience architectural design and implementation of large and complex distributed systems.
  • Experience with Git and code management tools.
  • Passionate about developing high-quality and optimized software solutions.
  • Excellent software hygiene regarding code documentation, unit testing, bug tracking.
  • Strong technical collaboration skills and a desire to develop new skills.
  • Excited by a fast-moving environment with a highly motivated group.
  • Demonstrated record of working hard, being a trustworthy teammate, holding yourself and others to high standards, and being kind to others.
  • Fluid intelligence that allows one to operate effectively in sometimes ambiguous conditions, while finding opportunities to drive technical efforts and force multiply.
  • Technology Strategy Ideation: Create the required technologies for rapid development of architectures to facilitate technology strategy articulation.
  • Iterate Rapidly with Customer Feedback: Demonstrate developed architectures as solutions to the customer and gather feedback; iterate.
  • Create Reference Implementations: Create reference implementations for potential future products or product components.
  • Explore Future Technologies: Explore and evaluate future hardware and software technologies that are relevant to Shield AI’s product roadmap and potentially high-ROI, but beyond the scope of current Direct and IRAD projects in engineering.
  • Identify areas of technical debt across the stack, analyze and synthesize solutions and paths towards achieving them.

Shield AI, a leader in AI for aviation, has a proven track record of technical innovation, with its Hivemind autonomy stack being the world's first autonomous AI Pilot deployed in combat since 2018. The company's culture is rooted in its mission to protect service members and civilians, and it has been recognized by Forbes, CB Insights, and Fast Company for its industry leadership. With a competitive edge backed by top-tier Silicon Valley VC funds, Shield AI offers a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge AI technology in aviation.

Company Stage

Series F

Total Funding



San Diego, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth



Medical Insurance Coverage

Long Term Disability Insurance

Health Care FSA and Dependent Care FSA

Employee Assistance Program

Subsidized Gym Membership

Pet Insurance

Competitive Compensation

Retirement Services

Life Insurance

Parental Leave

Bereavement Support

Flexible Work Hours


Paid Holidays

Commuter Benefits

Relaxed Dress Code

Yearly Swag Items

Unlimited Snacks

Bottomless Beverages

Annual Celebrations

Work From Home Benefits

Standing Desks and Widescreen Monitors