2022-01-06 Waymo

Real Time 3D Graphics Software 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.

As a Real Time 3D Graphics SWE at Waymo, you play a vital role in building out a new medium for computing, research, and simulation. Graphics SWEs develop technologies in concert with Unreal Engine and other technologies to build incredible, high-quality content for simulating driving in the real world. You will also work with technical artists, researchers, artists, and engineers to build functional prototypes and turn successful prototypes into production ready experiences with robust implementations.

We are looking for a 3D Graphics SWE who can create and own the graphics pipeline for a high end photo-realistic driving simulator.  Someone who is equally comfortable with debugging and fixing Vulkan graphics issues, as they are with evaluating and integrating third party solutions.  Day to day requirements will vary between optimizing existing pipelines, improving graphical fidelity of our simulator, working with artists and designers to integrate new assets into pipelines, and implementing prototypes and new graphical features.



  • Own and drive the graphics pipeline for the Waymo Camera Simulator
  • Write custom shaders and graphics features to improve performance and realism of the simulator.
  • Debug, diagnose, and fix issues found in custom Waymo code along with third party plugins or the Unreal Engine itself
  • Diagnose and fix issues found by internal customers using our pipelines.
  • Work closely with Design (i.e. art, UX) and our Engineering team by creating solutions non graphics engineers can create realistic scenes without significant background in graphics.
  • Contribute to the overall vision and strategy for Simulation applications, from exploration through implementation.
  • Work with the art and engineering teams to make sure applications hit their memory and performance targets.


Minimum qualifications:

3 years relevant work experience in AAA video games, real time 3D rendering, VR/AR, or related fields.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with HLSL, GLSL, or equivalent.
  • Experience writing, enhancing and debugging Vulkan graphics pipelines.
  • Understanding of Machine Learning, Neural Rendering, and other advanced graphics concepts
  • Experience creating fantastic and polished 3D visuals including particles, lighting, atmospherics, post processing, and/or shaders where necessary.
  • Unreal Engine experience working inside of the engine codebase along with stand alone plugins/projects.


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.

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