2020-04-02 Waymo
Systems Engineer, Mapping
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.

Waymo's Systems Engineering team works together to blend software and hardware systems in groundbreaking new ways. We set the high performance standards that ensure our vehicles run smoothly and keep passengers safe, then design and perform the tests that validate that performance. We're looking for talented teammates who’ll help us maintain strong teamwork and are passionate about driving results.

In this role, you'll:

  • Use your knowledge of complex hardware/software systems, systems engineering best practices, and program management principles to deeply understand how Waymo’s driving technology depends on high quality maps. 
  • Work with operations, product management, simulation engineering, and safety teams to create test and validation protocols for map features, and specifically the policies and procedures for changing those features. 
  • Develop the core evaluation criteria that will be used to inform Waymo leadership about overall map safety readiness and scalability. 
  • Create process and validator requirements for high priority map features. As our understanding of mapping requirements changes over time, work cross functionally to deploy changes safely and smoothly. 
  • Develop and deliver key insights to leadership and other stakeholders into how Waymo’s mapping technology should change to support scaling and safety goals. Work with technical teams to understand the problem space and help them prioritize the right long-term solutions to be working on. 
  • Lead useful trade studies that inform where to allocate risk and complexity across the system. 
  • Lead and organize test and design reviews for senior leadership and other stakeholders.

At a minimum we’d like you to have:

  • 5+ years relevant work experience in robotics, aerospace or automotive systems engineering, product management, or equivalent project management experience in a technology company.
  • Graduate degree in a technical, quantitative, or finance--oriented field or equivalent practical experience.

It’s preferred if you have:

  • Strong physics and software engineering fundamentals, and a graduate degree in a field directly related to delivering deep technical insights into the performance of complex systems.
  • Have, or quickly develop, a strong understanding of robotics perception, scene understanding, prediction, and planning algorithms and the real-world issues inherent in these domains. 
  • High proficiency with structuring strategic analysis, developing analytical models, and telling stories using docs, spreadsheets, and presentations. 
  • 2+ years of data analysis skills (e.g. using Python or MATLAB), including using large datasets. 
  • A mindset required for safety-critical development, the ability to work quickly, and the judgement to balance those qualities.
  • Enjoy working across teams. Be able to lead others to solve technical problems even when you don’t manage them directly.
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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