At Pyka we develop autonomous electric aircraft to provide people with an affordable and compelling alternative to ground transit. We make hyper-short takeoff and landing autonomous electric aircraft. Today, we’re using our aircraft to protect crops with fully automated aerial sprays in order to obtain the flight hours, technical readiness, and scale required for human transportation.
Our aircraft make aerial crop protection safer and less harmful to surrounding communities. They’re also highly economical to operate and easy to deploy.
We are the only company in the world approved for commercial work with full-scale, autonomous aircraft. What you work on at Pyka makes people’s lives better today.
Pyka’s core technologies include proprietary flight control software, avionics, high power density motors, motor controllers, batteries, and custom carbon-fiber composite airframes. Our full-stack team is from Cora/Kittyhawk, Joby Aviation, Waymo, and Google[x].
We foster a welcoming community within our company that promotes experimentation, asking questions, making simple solutions to complex problems, expressing different views and opinions. We are a transparent company both internally and externally and do not believe in operating in “stealth mode.” Lastly, we don’t work 60 hour weeks, and don’t expect you to either. At Pyka, you will earn a competitive salary and benefits - including medical and dental coverage.
Pyka is looking for a Creative Director to support the development of its autonomous electric aircraft customer sales campaigns and public appearance. You'll manage the development, design and preparation of marketing materials as well as establishing the company’s Media and PR strategy.
You will participate in a wide variety of customer marketing campaigns for Pyka’s existing and in-development products globally. You will lead the creative design efforts for marketing materials, in close coordination with Pyka’s Commercial and Engineering teams. In parallel, you will develop the company’s Media (Social and Industry) strategy, Public Relations approach and coordinate Pyka’s external video and graphics content providers.
This is a role with a huge amount of scope and possibility. The ideal candidate is hands-on and highly creative -- ready to jump in a plane or the bed of a pickup truck to capture the perfect shot to tell our story. Your work will take you to a range of interesting locations from Banana plantations in Costa Rica to remote islands in the Caribbean.
Pyka’s goal is to provide society with a new form of fast, environmentally friendly, and accessible transportation enabled by autonomous electric aviation.
To get there, we’re taking a different approach than most. We're applying our technologies to every industry where electric aircraft can be useful, starting with the highest value and most dangerous jobs. In doing so, we're building useful, game-changing products manufactured at scale, while perfecting the safety, reliability, and capabilities of our autonomy engine and electric propulsion systems.
Today, we supply our aircraft to agricultural service providers and farmers as an autonomous tool that makes aerial crop protection safer, more targeted and less harmful to surrounding environments. Our vehicles are highly economical to operate and easy to deploy. What you work on at Pyka makes people’s lives better now and brings the future of electric aviation one-step closer each day.
We design, develop and manufacture an ecosystem of technologies including proprietary flight control software, avionics, high power density motors, motor controllers, batteries, and custom carbon-fiber composite airframes.
We foster a welcoming community within our company that promotes experimentation, asking questions, making simple solutions to complex problems, and expressing different views and opinions. We are a transparent company both internally and externally and do not believe in operating in “stealth mode.” Lastly, we don’t work 60 hour weeks, and don’t expect you to either. In this role you will have a great deal of responsibility, earn a competitive salary and benefits, and contribute to the development of groundbreaking technology.
Develop Pyka’s Public Relations strategy
Website design, redesign and expansion
Defining and developing Pyka’s Social Media footprint
Broadening Pyka’s visibility in relevant Industry media (aviation, agriculture, cargo)
Coordinating press contacts, news releases and interviews, together with Pyka’s senior leadership team
Ability to create video and graphics content as well as coordinate creation with Pyka’s external suppliers
Design and create marketing materials for commercial sales campaigns, trade shows, investor pitches, recruiting, etc.
In close coordination with the Commercial and Engineering teams, refine materials throughout campaign progression to tailor to customer requirements
2+ years experience in creative content marketing in a corporate, marketing or brand-building capacity
Ability to creatively design presentations, marketing materials and content from scratch, on various software platforms
Videography, photography, and video editing skills a major plus
Excellent written and verbal communication skills; experience writing press releases a plus
Relevant experience in leveraging social and industry media (paid and/or organic)
Wide-ranging familiarity and deep personal engagement in major social platforms
Solid proficiency in Wordpress, G-Suite, MS Office and social media platforms
Basic appreciation of engineering processes, ideally coupled with a passion for aviation
BS / BA or equivalent
Competitive salary and equity
Employer-sponsored health, dental and vision insurance, FSA with employer matching, and 401(k)
Paid holidays and unlimited PTO
Free catered lunch and plenty of snacks
Export Control Requirements
This position requires access to technology, software and other information that is subject to governmental access control restrictions, due to export controls. Employment in this position is conditioned on the continued availability of government authorization to authorize release of such items, to the extent required, including without limitation an export license, or other documentation required to establish authorization to receive access to such items.
Company may delay commencement of employment, rescind an offer of employment, terminate employment, and/or may modify job responsibilities, compensation, benefits, and/or access to Company facilities and information systems, as Company deems appropriate, in order to ensure compliance with applicable government access control restrictions.
Our aircraft use a custom flight computer (written in C++11) running bare-metal on an ARM/FPGA SoC. The flight computer interacts with the aircraft sensors and actuators through an FPGA bridge and can autonomously control every aspect of the plane's flight, from takeoff through landing. Additionally, the flight computer wirelessly streams real-time telemetry to a laptop running custom ground control/visualization software. Some problems we're currently working on include: