2018-07-18 Waymo
Optical Engineer
Mountain View, California, United States

Waymo is the self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. Building on software and sensor technology developed at Google, Waymo is now launching the world’s first fully self-driving transportation service that will take members of the public from A to B at the touch of a button.

Hardware Engineering is a diverse, innovative, and collaborative group of electrical, mechanical, reliability, software and vehicle engineers. We design, build, and perfect the products which are the eyes and ears of Waymo's self-driving systems, and integrate those products into vehicle platforms. We're seeking curious and talented teammates to keep us moving in the right direction.

This position is on the LiDAR technology team where you will be responsible for developing optical systems across the product lifecycle. This role will require experience in optical system analysis, prototyping, component and system-level testing, supplier development, and NPI. The ideal candidate will have strong background in testing and product development. This position offers a good deal of responsibility and the opportunity to contribute to high visibility tasks for hardware development.

  In this hardware engineering role, you'll:
  • Develop high performance LiDAR systems
  • Analyze optical systems using ray tracing software to evaluate performance, tolerances, stray light, and environmental effects
  • Develop specifications for optical systems and work with external suppliers to bring them into production
  • Verify performance of optical systems by testing components and system-level performance characteristics
  • Work closely with mechanical engineers, manufacturing engineers, reliability engineers and supply chain to develop robust, high performance, affordable systems
  • Travel internationally to vendor facilities as required

We'd like you to have:

  • MS or Ph.D. in Optics, Physics, EE, or a closely related field and 5+ years of experience
  • Experience with analysis in ray tracing software such as Zemax, Code V, FRED, LightTools
  • Hands-on experience testing optical components and electro-optical systems
  • Familiarity with scripting in Matlab or Python
  • Familiarity with opto-mechanical engineering, GD&T, and CAD software such as Solidworks or Catia
At Waymo, we don’t just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
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