Staff Software Engineer, System Performance
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 Waymo Driver—The World’s Most Experienced Driver™—to improve everyone'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.
At Waymo, we are mission-driven and believe deeply in the opportunity of autonomous driving technology to improve mobility and make people's lives better. We are united by purpose and responsibility (for our employees and riders alike). We are looking for kind, committed, employees who have integrity, dream big, work together as one team and create a sense of belonging for one another that is the foundation of our culture. We want each team member to feel welcomed and included in every step of our exciting journey.
The Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) team uses our know-how of CPUs, GPUs, and complex algorithms to process Waymo's sensor data super-fast. We specialize in low-level understanding of compute hardware, and we apply that knowledge wherever we can, throughout the whole stack.
We are looking for a Technical Lead with a background in system performance analysis and optimization to help us improve the complex Perception pipeline that computes hundreds of signals and processes hundreds of MB/s of sensor data in real-time with extremely high reliability and predictability. Your work directly enables a large team of Perception engineers to ship software, and directly influences the architecture of the Perception system. You will report into our Director of Engineering.
In this role, you'll:
- Identify performance bottlenecks for the ML workloads onboard and in simulation
- Propose and implement solutions to optimizing Perception pipeline latency and reliability
- Develop performance/benchmark/profiling tools to help analyze the performance issues on the car
- Understand system bottlenecks, pushing for larger changes to the system architecture to improve our performance including how the system is run.
At a minimum, we'd like you to have:
- B.Sc in Computer Science, EE or a related field
- Experience in C++
- Performance analysis and optimization on workloads with 5+ years of experience
- Experience with multi-core systems and multi-thread interactions
- Experience with CPU, GPU, or computer system microarchitecture
It's preferred if you have:
- Experience with embedded / real-time systems such as robotics, self-driving or graphics/rendering
- Experience working with ML workloads and frameworks
While at Waymo, you will enjoy benefits that cover…
Health and wellness: Our people are at the heart of everything we do. At Waymo, you can enjoy top-notch medical, dental and vision insurance, mental wellness support, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), a Health Saving Account (HSA), and special wellness programs.
Financial wellness: Your financial peace of mind is important to us. At Waymo, we offer competitive compensation, bonus opportunities, equity, a generous 401(k) plan, 1-on-1 financial coaching, a 529 College Savings Plan and lots of other perks and employee discounts.
Flexibility and time off: Take the time you need to relax and recharge. Enjoy the flexibility to work from another location for four weeks per year. We support an on-site or hybrid work model and offer remote working opportunities, paid time off, bereavement, sick, and parental leave.
Supporting families: When it comes to growing your family or caring for your loved ones, you have our full support. Enhanced leave options include paid parental leave (birthing parent gets 24 weeks of paid leave with up to 4 weeks of additional leave before their due date, and non-birthing parent gets 18 weeks of paid leave), and 20 days of subsidized backup childcare or adult/elder care.. Access to fertility care or adoption support as you grow your family.
Community and personal development: At Waymo, you'll find a range of opportunities to grow, connect, and give back. We offer education reimbursement, personal and professional development, mentorship, and other ways to connect through Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), other internal groups, and even time off to volunteer.
Cool perks: Access to Google offices, cafes, wellness centers, massages, and so much more. To support your wellbeing at home, you can enjoy at-home fitness and cooking classes, and more.
The expected base salary range for this full-time position across US locations is listed below. Actual starting pay will be based on job-related factors, including exact work location, experience, relevant training and education, and skill level. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the role location or, if the role can be performed remote, the specific salary range for your preferred location, during the hiring process.
Waymo employees are also eligible to participate in Waymo’s discretionary annual bonus program, equity incentive plan, and generous Company benefits program, subject to eligibility requirements.