Systems Engineer, Sensing and Perception – Weather

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. Since our start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has been focused on building the World’s Most Experienced Driver in hopes of improving the world's access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. Our Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, our fully autonomous ride-hailing service, as well as Waymo Via, our trucking and local delivery service. To date, Waymo has driven over 20 million miles autonomously on public roads across 25 U.S. cities and conducted over 20 billion miles of simulation testing.

Waymo's Systems Engineering team works together to blend software and hardware systems in groundbreaking new ways. We set the high performance standards that ensure our vehicles run smoothly and keep passengers safe, then design and perform the tests that validate that performance. We're looking for talented teammates who’ll help us maintain strong teamwork and are passionate about driving results.

In this role you will:

  • Lead the qualification of the Waymo Driver for weather conditions, across sensing systems and perception algorithms
  • Use your knowledge of sensing and perception systems combined with Waymo’s safety and business targets to propose system requirements
  • Drive consensus on those requirements within the software and hardware teams
  • Develop verification and validation plans based on field data, structured testing, and simulation
  • Design, debug, and execute tests to verify requirements, expose issues, and identify root causes
  • Analyze test data, communicate the results in technical reports and presentations
  • Write reusable, high quality, data analysis software and test automation software (C++ and/or Python)

At a minimum, we’d like you to have:

  • An advanced degree  in  physics, engineering, or other relevant technical field AND equivalent practical experience involving sensing and perception systems
  • Experience with sensing and perception systems for robotics or autonomy, including work with lidar, camera, and/or radar sensor data
  • Experience in software engineering for simulation and data evaluation, using Python or other high level language (e.g. Matlab, SQL, R, C++)
  • Experience with Systems Engineering fundamentals, including requirements definition and verification and validation techniques.

It’s preferred if you have:

  • Knowledge of weather and atmospheric effects on sensors, or fundamental physics knowledge that can be applied to this topic
  • Experience managing projects with multiple contributors and stakeholders

Note: The following is only applicable for roles hired in the US. As we keep the safety of our employees and our communities top of mind, COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be a critical prevention measure to help end the pandemic.  Because of this, Waymo requires all US-based employees who perform work onsite for Waymo to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are unable to be vaccinated, Waymo will provide a reasonable accommodation consistent with applicable law.