Software Engineering Manager, Simulation-based Driving Algorithm Validation


  • Full Time

Zoox is on an ambitious journey to develop a full-stack autonomous mobility solution for cities. Big data analysis and mass simulation are critical to proving the safety of our system. Simulation environment enables the identification and study of potential safety issues before they manifest in the real world. The effectiveness of the safety measures can also be verified and validated without putting public road users at risk.

Our team builds tools and pipelines to quantitatively measure the performance of our driving software, extract relevant safety events from driving logs, and explore interesting scenarios in simulation. This highly visible work is critical to accelerating the development of AI driving software and building the safety case for autonomy on public roads. 

We are seeking an Engineering Manager to lead a team developing these challenging simulation optimization pipelines and analysis tools. The ideal candidate will provide technical leadership, mentorship, project scoping & prioritization, and continuous improvement of our development workflows.




  • Manage a team of engineers building tooling and automated pipelines to generate and analyze challenging simulations for our AI stack
  • Improve processes and drive the team to deliver high quality software tooling in support of the company’s mission
  • Reach out and work collaboratively with cross-functional partners and stakeholders to successfully deliver projects that significantly contribute to the success of the overall Safety Case of Zoox technology
  • Mentor engineers and grow the team to achieve our ambitious goals



  • MSc in computer science, robotics, or related technical fields 
  • 7+ years of industry experience in software engineering or other modeling and simulation role
  • 2+ years of experience with leading direct reports
  • Fluency in Python
  • Have experiences shipping a product or software tool, preferably related to modeling or simulation 
  • Experience with industry tooling and best practices: GitHub, production-level coding, scientific libraries and visualization tools, etc.
  • Experience with the rigorous verification and validation of complex robotics/software systems 
  • Demonstrated ability to operate in an agile environment and to distill clarity for a team from ambiguous problem statements

    Bonus Qualifications


  • PhD in the Robotics field, Computer Science, or related technical fields
  • Professional experience in an autonomous driving technology company
  • Hands-on experience with contributing to a Safety Case of complex cyber-physical systems
  • Experience with cloud and infra technologies (AWS, S3, SQL, Databricks, Airflow) and coding best practices (GitHub)
  • C++ experience


    Vaccine Mandate
    Employees working in this position will be required to have received a single dose of the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine OR have completed the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series. In addition, employees will be required to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the earlier of (1) April 15 or (2) within two months of becoming eligible for the booster vaccine.
    Employees will be required to show proof of vaccination status upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment. That offer of employment will be conditioned upon, among other things, an Applicant’s ability to show proof of vaccination status. Please note the Company provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable state, federal, and local laws.
    About Zoox
    Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.
    A Final Note:
    You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.