2021-11-30 Waymo

Safety Researcher, Biomechanics

Mountain View, California, United States
Remote, US

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. Within the Safety Research and Best Practices team, we conduct research on autonomous driving safety by drawing on established vehicle safety knowledge and methods. We conduct novel research to develop safety methodologies, perform structured analysis, and disseminate results on key safety-related questions.

In this Safety Researcher role, you'll:

  • Contribute to the design and evaluation of what a safe autonomous vehicle is, and contribute to the robustness of Waymo’s safety framework, creating novel solutions to problems when there is no ready-made answer
  • Provide expertise on cutting-edge advancements within the research panorama, and on best practices within the industry (e.g., research papers from the academic community, state/federal reports on automated transportation, and standards and best practices working groups)
  • Engage in scholarly production in the role of author and/or reviewer as appropriate, such as white papers for both internal and/or external consumption, research proposals, and conference and journal publications
  • Work cross-functionally with other Waymo teams in software engineering, data science, and systems engineering
  • Serve as a technical subject matter expert on injury severity estimation research and products at Waymo

At a minimum, we'd like you to have:

  • A Ph.D. in a field related to injury biomechanics, human injury tolerance, and/or automotive safety
  • 5+ years of relevant research and/or engineering work experience in the area of injury biomechanics
  • Peer-reviewed publications (journals and/or conference papers) in the field of automotive safety research
  • Deep theoretical understanding of automotive safety that would include occupant kinematics, injury mechanisms, injury risk modeling, and tolerance levels

It's preferred if you have:

  • Theoretical understanding and experience implementing crash reconstruction/simulation methodology
  • Experience in applying computational modeling toward solving injury biomechanics (e.g., MADYMO, finite element)
  • Expertise in setting vehicle requirements related to injury risk using industry best practices and standards (e.g., FMVSS)
  • Exposure to legal and/or regulatory policy considerations 
  • Ability to perform data analysis of relevant internal and external data using tools such as R, python, MATLAB, etc.

US-Remote includes employees working from their primary residence in certain locations only, such as Arizona, California, DC, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. This list may not be complete or accurate, and candidates should speak with their recruiter about their specific location for remote work.

Note: The following is only applicable for roles hired in the US. As we keep the safety of our employees and our communities top of mind, COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be a critical prevention measure to help end the pandemic.  Because of this, Waymo requires all US-based employees who perform work onsite for Waymo to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If you are unable to be vaccinated due to a disability, medical condition or religious belief, Waymo will provide a reasonable accommodation consistent with federal, state, and local law.

We appreciate your interest in Waymo. Waymo is an equal employment opportunity employer. Waymo’s policy is not to discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. Waymo also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories. Waymo will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal records in accordance with applicable law. Waymo also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

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