2020-01-06 Waymo
Intern, Software Engineering, Positioning Team, GNSS
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.

The Positioning team at Waymo is responsible for determining the location, orientation and velocity of the car. We do everything from selecting IMU’s and writing firmware, to implementing estimation algorithms like Kalman and particle filters, to analyzing safety and redundancy system architectures.

An emerging topic for self-driving cars is the security of satellite positioning systems such as GPS and Galileo to malicious interference. As an intern, you will be responsible for analyzing threats and developing systems to help mitigate the risk posed from GNSS spoofing and jamming.

Waymo interns work alongside leaders in the industry on projects that deliver significant impact to the company. We believe learning is a two-way street: leveraging your knowledge while providing you with opportunities to expand your skill-set. Interns are an important part of our culture and our recruiting pipeline. Join us at Waymo for a fun and rewarding internship!

In this internship, you’ll:

  • Analyze potential security threats to GNSS-based positioning and timing
  • Design and implement robust systems and algorithms to detect and mitigate jamming, spoofing and other GNSS threats
  • Work closely with the positioning team to integrate defenses into the Waymo self-driving car
  • Design and execute tests to demonstrate the efficacy of the defenses

At a minimum we’d like you to have:

  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in Engineering, Geomatics or similar with a heavy emphasis on civilian GNSS security topics
  • Hands-on GNSS processing experience
  • Strong software skills in C++ and either MATLAB or Python
  • Excellent technical communication skills

It’s preferred if you have:

  • Domain knowledge and/or experience in multi-sensor navigation technologies such as inertial navigation and Kalman filtering
  • Experience with real-time vehicle/robot/drone positioning
  • Linux and/or embedded programming experience


  • Help solve challenging problems with a direct impact on the company
  • Competitive compensation packages with a housing/relocation bonus
  • Free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks 
  • Free access to Google shuttles
  • Onsite gym
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Fun intern events and networking opportunities

Note: We will accept resumes on a rolling basis until the role is filled. To be in consideration for multiple roles, please apply to each one individually. 

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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