System & Modeling

Modeling and Simulation Engineer [job 207]

Seattle, WA, United States

First Mode draws on the exceptional talent and creativity of its multidisciplinary team to solve the toughest problems on and off the planet. We help companies, governments, and individuals from the earliest stages of problem definition to prototype creation and demonstration. A continual desire to discover and invent has led our team to drill into the unknown surface of Mars, electrify large industrial equipment, and apply remote sensing technologies to water conservation. 

While each project is unique, we typically meld together robotics, automation, systems engineering, modeling and simulation, and advanced fabrication to create a new future across many industries. If you have exceptional talent and a vision for the future, we want to talk.

We are seeking to add new members to our engineering team focused on modeling and simulation. We’re looking individuals who have passion, experience, and hard-won lessons in the art of model development. You enjoy diving into new platforms and technologies to figure out how they work and appreciate the thrill of seeing your work bring a physical system to life.  

Position Responsibilities

Working with small interdisciplinary teams, you will analyze the data and build the models that form the basis for solutions to complex problems. You will work on problems ranging from modeling the survivability of an instrument on an unhospitable planet to modeling zero-emission powertrains for large industrial vehicles (on this planet).

  • Modeling of telemetry handling for autonomous vehicles

  • Validation of performance requirements

  • Create and maintain advanced computational simulations of complex systems

  • Leverage commercial and open source tools to perform data reduction and visualization

  • Develop models for resource and design optimization using cost functions and post processing statistical analysis

  • Create low level algorithms for subsystem simulations based on first principles

  • Summarize and communicate results to multidisciplinary team members and customers

Required Qualifications

  • 2+ years of relevant experience in Analytics, Data Science, Technical Operations, Engineering

  • Good understanding of statistics and probability

  • Ability and interest to learn new complex engineering concepts

  • Ability to clearly communicate technical ideas to non-technical audience

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a dynamic team environment

  • Experience with commercial modeling tools or a similar programming language

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with human-in-the-loop test setups

  • Able to work in undefined problem spaces with minimally documented tools

  • Experience in systems analysis

  • Machine learning and advanced data analytics concepts

  • Experience creating distributed and asynchronous complex models


  • This position will be located at First Mode’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington


  • Applicants must be eligible for employment within the United States of America

Apply or ask a question: Please e-mail your resume (and cover letter if you’d like) to with “Job 207” in the subject line.

First Mode is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with First Mode is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.