2021-06-01 Waymo
System Safety Engineer
Mountain View, California, United States

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 World’s Most Experienced Driver in hopes of improving the world'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.

The Waymo Safety team works to promote and help to continuously improve the safety of Waymo’s fully autonomous driving technology. Our experts develop safety goals and strategies, and conduct safety engineering analyses to ensure safety is being considered throughout the design and development of our vehicles. The team develops and promotes safety strategies and policies for autonomous vehicles for its work with regulatory authorities, lawmakers, law enforcement and public and non-profit organizations. Our Safety Team also helps advise on compliance with applicable environmental, health, and safety regulations.

In this System Safety Engineering role, you'll:

  • Work closely with product, engineering and operations teams to define safety concepts for the autonomous driving systems, perform safety analyses, and inform architecture and design decisions for robust and effective mitigations
  • Support systems engineering in developing safety related requirements and designing innovative verification methods for autonomous driving systems
  • Participate in design reviews and discussions to help ensure that safety mitigations and requirements are addressed and participate in operations review sessions to ensure the safety mitigations are working effectively in the field
  • Support the Waymo Safety Team to oversee the program safety readiness process and metrics

At a minimum we’d like you to have:

  • Bachelor of Science in Electromechanical/Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related technical fields
  • 3+ years (for a Junior role) or 10+ years (for a Senior role) of relevant engineering work experience that includes Systems Safety or Functional Safety engineering 
  • Hands-on experience on product development for complex safety systems 
  • Experience in performing hazard analyses (e.g., Hazard and Risk Assessment, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Fault Tree Analysis, Failure Modes, Effects, and Diagnostic Analysis, System-theoretic Process Analysis (STPA), Safety of the Intended Function (SOTIF), etc.)
  • Experience in defining SMART safety mitigations/requirements and designing effective verification and validation methods for autonomous driving technologies and operations
  • Working level experience about vehicle dynamics, autonomous driving algorithms and motion control systems

It’s preferred if you have experience in:

  • Safety analysis for complex systems, autonomous vehicles, automotive, aerospace operations or embedded systems
  • Automotive electronics / systems / software design and development
  • Evaluating and ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Hands-on experience in robotics applications, software development, and/or verification and validation of such systems
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