2022-09-26 Waymo

Hardware Engineer, LIDAR Performance Validation

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 Waymo Driver—The World’s Most Experienced Driver™—to improve everyone'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 Hardware Engineering team at Waymo 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 autonomous driving technology, and integrate those products into vehicle platforms. We're seeking curious and talented teammates to keep us moving in the right direction.       

This full time position is on the LiDAR technology team where you will be responsible for developing characterization and test systems across the product lifecycle. This role will require an understanding of fundamental disciplines that are relevant for laser rangefinder system operation. Prior working knowledge of optoelectronic devices, lasers, photodetectors, prototyping & testing and data analysis will be relevant. The ideal candidate will have strong background in EE, applied physics, lasers, photodetectors and prior hands on lab experience. 

In this role, you'll:

  • Work closely with electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, manufacturing engineers, reliability engineers to develop and characterize high performance LiDAR systems and electro-optical subsystems
  • Evaluate performance of complete LiDAR assemblies and complex electromechanical subsystems Develop bench characterization methods and accompanying physics-based models to ensure the design is on track to achieve top level performance goals. Develop and maintain performance validation plans that scale appropriately with the design lifecycle from early bench prototypes to high volume production
  • Support definition of appropriate test and calibration procedures to ensure LiDAR data quality at scale. Work with design and test engineers to develop appropriate testing procedures and performance acceptance criteria.
  • Design and oversee execution of LiDAR field measurements and structured tests. Assess impact of environmental conditions on Lidar performance, help develop methods to detect and mitigate data quality impact of adverse environmental factors through experimental design, data mining and analysis
  • Interface with LiDAR software engineers, perception software engineers and systems engineers to help triage field issues related to LiDAR data quality, and aid in requirement derivation to ensure the LiDAR module upholds system-level performance and safety goals
  • Comfortably transition between physics modeling, simulation, large-scale data analysis and hands-on prototyping & testing in the lab

At a minimum we’d like you to have:

  • Masters of science with 5+ years experience or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physic or equivalent
  • Strong knowledge of depth sensing technologies and hands on experience prototyping/characterizing precision optical, electrical, or mechanical components and assemblies
  • Experience with developing and maintaining physics-based computational models to describe and quantify performance bounds of LiDAR hardware
  • Track record of innovation and solving challenging problems
  • Excellent data analysis, presentation and technical communication skills

It's preferred if you have:

  • PhD in Physics, Applied Physics or a similar field
  • Strong understanding of optical semiconductors
  • Working knowledge of Python/Numpy
  • Experience using and programming laboratory instruments: oscilloscopes, electrical/optical instrumentation, etc., and designing analog interface circuits
  • Proven hands-on experience at power-user level in computational physics simulation (e.g. Comsol), and from-scratch analytical physics modeling (e.g. Matlab/Python/Mathematica) and a track record of working across multiple physics disciplines
  • Great communication and presentation skills

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, Waymo will provide a reasonable accommodation consistent with applicable law.

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