2020-02-27 Waymo
Software Engineer, Perception - Scene Understanding
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.

Software Engineering builds the brains of Waymo's fully self-driving vehicles. Our software allows our vehicles to perceive the world around them, make the right decision for every situation, and deliver people safely to their destinations. We think deeply and solve complex technical challenges in areas like robotics, perception, decision-making and deep learning, while collaborating with hardware and systems engineers. If you’re a software engineer or researcher who’s curious and passionate about Level 4 autonomous driving, we'd like to meet you. 

The Scene Understanding team at Waymo helps bridge the gap between sensing and action by interpreting and classifying the world around us. We collaborate across a broad range of technical areas  to help understand and navigate scenarios as common as a stalled vehicle, as complex as a construction zone or as rare as a newly built road.  We utilize a diverse suite of sensors and techniques to continually improve the behavior and performance of the self driving car.

In this role you'll:

  • Work at the intersection of Sensing, Planning, and Mapping technologies

  • Prototype and deploy robust and reliable solutions to cutting-edge driving problems

  • Improve how our vehicles act and react in complex,  nuanced and rare situations

  • Grow a fundamental understanding of the next driving challenges by analyzing real-world logs collected on our state-of-the-art fleet


We'd like you to have at a minimum

  • BS/MS/PHD in Robotics, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, similar technical field of study, or equivalent practical experience

  • Experience in programming in C++ and with robust, safety-critical, efficient code

  • Experience in at least one of: robotics, machine learning, deep learning, structured prediction, computer vision, LIDAR, sensor fusion, pattern recognition, computational geometry,  autonomous navigation or systems, localization and mapping

  • Experience in data structures and advanced algorithms


Nice to have qualities:

  • Experience with autonomous or robotics systems deployed in the real world

  • A generalist mindset with an interest in solving open ended problems

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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