Lead Controls/Algorithm Engineer

Posted 5 years ago

Join the Adsys Controls team where you can work with the best, accelerate your career, address complex challenges and grow professionally and personally.

At Adsys Controls, you will provide solutions for precision control systems, advanced optical perception systems, high energy lasers, and unmanned aerial systems for government and commercial markets.

Position Info:

Title: Lead Controls/Algorithm Engineer

Type of Job: Full-Time, Exempt

Work Location: Irvine, CA

Experience Level: 5-10 years total experience

Clearance Type: US Citizenship Required.  Ability to obtain a security clearance required.

Job Responsibilities

We are searching for a Lead Controls/Algorithm Engineer to lead the development, analysis, and/or optimization of complex control systems. In this position, you will research, design, simulate, specify, implement, debug, and test control system algorithms for various electrical, mechanical, thermal and optical and optomechanical systems.  You should be able to operate independently with minimal direction/supervision in a fast-paced, dynamic, highly technical environment and work on multiple concurrent, cross-functional projects.  You should also be able to work collaboratively with responsible electrical, mechanical, and firmware engineers to define sensing requirements, establish control system capabilities, set performance targets, etc.  You should also be comfortable working in a start-up environment. Our ideal applicant has a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering or related field with 5-7+ years relevant experience with advanced control systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, test, install, and integrate control systems software solutions related to custom automation, machine vision, feedback systems, and other complex robotic/autonomous systems.
  • Create dynamic models of electrical, mechanical, thermal and optomechanical systems. Models are normally developed in Matlab/Simulink. Python skills are a plus.
  • Deliver high-quality code in an embedded environment
  • Program and integrate various off-the-shelf components (cameras, robots, sensors, motors, etc.).
  • Coordinate with mechanical and electrical interdisciplinary teams.
  • Coordinate with and manage external suppliers.
  • Coordinate with customers to refine requirements and align on project requirements.
  • Coordinate with customers on functional and user interface requirements (HMIs, etc.).
  • Coordinate progress and roadblocks with Project Managers.
  • Support and assist the production team during debug, commissioning, and install of equipment.
  • Assist with technical mentorship, performance assessment, goal setting, and related developmental activities.
  • Assist with hiring and training new team members.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • BS in Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering or related field with 7+ years relevant experience with advanced control systems. Or MS in same disciplines with 5+ years of similar relevant experience.
  • Strong background in Linear Control Theory, Non-linear Control Theory, and State Estimation.
  • Strong skills using Matlab, Simulink and Python programming language.
  • Strong data analytics ability.
  • Experience with the engineering workflow including requirements capture, analysis, flowdown, development, manufacturing and testing/verification.
  • Aerospace research and development experience is a plus.
  • Familiarity with embedded microprocessor design process: compilers, debuggers, IDE.
  • Experience developing in an RTOS environment.
  • Familiarity with lasers, imaging systems, precision pointing systems and electro-optical systems.
  • Experience with advance image processing, artificial intelligence, deep learning and machine learning is a plus.
  • Experience with flight control systems and or robotic systems is a plus.
  • Experience with Agile Development.
  • Be comfortable in a dynamic environment.  Able to work effectively work autonomously or within a team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).  Strong leadership and organizational skills.
  • Experience with DoD programs, processes and requirements is a plus
  • Systems engineering experience and mindset is a strong plus

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee routinely is required to sit; walk; talk; hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, reach, and stretch.
  • The employee is occasionally required to move around the campus.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • May require travel dependent on business needs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Can work under deadlines.
  • The environment generally is moderate in temperature and noise level.
  • Must be able to read and interpret data, information, and documents.
  • Can observe and respond to people and situations and interact with others encountered in the course of work.
  • Can learn and apply new information or skills.
  • Must be able to be on call and work hours as required to solve problems that arise with internal and external customers.  External customers could be outside the US.
  • The environment requires working with a firing laser (which is noisy) and/or working in a manufacturing clean room environment from time to time.

What you can expect:

Leading-edge Innovation: From photons to final products and effects, you will work to solve the most complex challenges for our tech industry customers and internally developed products.

Building Foundational Values: As a startup undergoing rapid growth, we want you to participate in shaping our culture and creating a fast-paced environment based on tight knit teams.  You will be an integral part of building our culture of integrity, teamwork and excellence.

Cross-functional Development with Meaningful Work: Our small team format and diverse programs provide the opportunity to wear many hats. You will develop a comprehensive set of skills and help build our teams for the future.

Your Wellbeing is a Top Priority: Our competitive pay, flexible schedules, and comprehensive benefits enable you to truly live both inside and outside of work.

A Place To Be Your Best: You will be exposed to new and challenging cross-functional areas in a unique way.  You will operate from the system level down to the component level to deliver functional systems to the warfighter and advance commercial autonomous systems. 

Advanced Technologies with Purpose:  Whether it be high energy lasers, autonomous systems or advanced visual perception solutions, you will directly impact the safety and security of our nation.  Not only are we aiding the American warfighter, but we are focused on transitioning our technologies to commercial products for a better world.

Commitment to Exploration: We foster innovation, growth and leadership to fuel human curiosity and go beyond today’s horizons.  You will be contributing to America’s world status through innovative technologies and future solutions. Join us in the journey.

What it takes to be a successful Adsys Controls employee:

  • Interactive

At Adsys Controls we love hard problems.  We engage in respectful debate and develop great solutions from these discussions

  • Team oriented

At Adsys Controls, we are a small but mighty team.  Every member contributes, learns, and grows together.  Your contribution is critical to the success of our team.

  • Self-motivated

At Adsys Controls, our team members take initiative, anticipate problems and drive solutions.  Staff are encouraged to take ownership, deliver work of the highest quality, and drive communication with peers and management.

  • Inquisitive

At Adsys Controls, we are a research and development, prototyping and product development organization and we love to drive new ideas. We explore new solutions to customer problems and synthesize effective solutions.

  • Dogged Problem Solver

At Adsys Controls we love to be challenged and we persevere to see our innovations through to completion. For the Adsys Controls team, the best problems start with “Nobody knows how to do that”.  At Adsys Controls we provide solutions to the previously unsolvable.

  • Systems Oriented

At Adsys Controls, we start with the objective and build the system to overcome our customer’s toughest obstacle.

  • Exceed expectations

At Adsys Controls, we want our customers to say “Wow!”  We want to break new ground and exceed expectations for our customer.



Broad selection of Medical, Dental and Vision plans


Our 401(k) plan features 3% company contributions without vesting schedules.


Provide incentive to our staff with generous allocations for staff performance bonuses.


We support our employees through mentoring, internal & external educational programs, networking, skills enhancement, career-building programs and advanced degrees.


Family leave provided in accordance with the family medical leave act. When you return to work, we do our best to support your transition and work/life balance.


We offer PTO, paid holidays and personal days and sick leave.


We offer flexible work schedules.

Company Info

Company Profile:

We provide products and services for electro-optical systems, directed energy, unmanned aerial systems, and test systems within military and commercial markets. We deliver solutions leveraging precision control systems, image processing, GN&C, electronics design, modeling & simulation and embedded real time software. From High Energy Laser weapons, to visual perception modules, to threat warning systems to aircraft autopilots, Adsys Controls provides state of the art solutions for sensing, controls and autonomy.

Contact Info: careers@adsyscontrols.com

With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, Adsys Controls is taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 variants pose in the workplace and ensuring we meet our commitments to national security.

Adsys Controls is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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