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2023-01-03 Waymo

Senior Software Engineer, Planner, Motion Planning

Mountain View, California, United States
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
San Francisco, 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.

At Waymo, we are mission-driven and believe deeply in the opportunity of autonomous driving technology to improve mobility and make people's lives better. We are united by purpose and responsibility (for our employees and riders alike). We are looking for kind, committed, employees who have integrity, dream big, work together as one team and create a sense of belonging for one another that is the foundation of our culture. We want each team member to feel welcomed and included in every step of our exciting journey. 

On this team, we work on the motion planning algorithms and behaviors that power Waymo’s fully autonomous driving technology (ADT) .  We play a critical role in:

  • Developing the algorithms that support the computation of safe trajectories to drive the vehicle. The output of this component is an input to control.
  • Controlling the behavior of the ADT in a range of all driving scenarios
  • Reasoning about uncertainty, interactive situations, and considering how other road users might react to how we drive
  • Understanding, defining, and delivering desired driving behavior through broad algorithmic changes across the planning stack
  • Advancing Waymo’s technology through the development of novel planning techniques that expand our driving capabilities, using both classical techniques and ML

We work closely with other engineering teams such as perception, research and control to deliver safe driving that delights users. We are continuously striving to make ADT safe, comfortable, and predictable.

We develop production-oriented, cutting edge algorithms for motion planning that solve some of the most critical, challenging and high-impact problems in autonomous driving. The highly interconnected nature of our work will provide you opportunities to learn about large parts of the ADT stack. Progress that you make in solving these problems will have high visibility across the company.

Along with technical strengths, we value team members who embrace uncertainty, take ownership and accountability for results, show initiative, collaborate effectively across team boundaries, welcome diverse perspectives, and do what’s right for our riders.

At a minimum we'd like you to have:

  • BS in Computer Science, Engineering or similar technical field of study, or equivalent practical experience
  • Strong Computer Science fundamentals in data structures, algorithms, and complexity analysis
  • Strong knowledge of C++ and programming experience in object-oriented and strongly typed programming languages
  • Ability to write clean, efficient code and maintain the overall health of the code base
  • Familiarity with at least one of graph search algorithms, trajectory optimization, ML, math (geometry, linear algebra, analysis)

It's preferred if you have:

  • MS or PhD degree in Computer Science, similar technical field of study, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Experience with robotics deployed in real world environments
  • Research/academic experience in Robotics or experience in related fields such as gaming or simulation with realistic motion and agents
  • Experience developing motion planning algorithms
  • Experience with ML, data analysis, and metric-driven development in real world applications

The expected base salary range for this full-time position across US locations is listed below. Actual starting pay will be based on job-related factors, including exact work location, experience, relevant training and education, and skill level. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the role location or, if the role can be performed remote, the specific salary range for your preferred location, during the hiring process. 

Waymo employees are also eligible to participate in Waymo’s discretionary annual bonus program, equity incentive plan, and generous Company benefits program, subject to eligibility requirements. 

Salary Range
$185,000$221,000 USD

While at Waymo, you will enjoy benefits that cover…

Health and wellness: Our people are at the heart of everything we do. At Waymo, you can enjoy top-notch medical, dental and vision insurance, mental wellness support, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), a Health Saving Account (HSA), on-site physicians and/or nurses in some locations, and special wellness programs.

Financial wellness: Your financial peace of mind is important to us. At Waymo, we offer competitive compensation, bonus opportunities, equity, a generous 401(k) plan or regional retirement plans, 1-on-1 financial coaching, a 529 College Savings Plan and lots of other perks and employee discounts. 

Flexibility and time off: Take the time you need to relax and recharge. Enjoy the flexibility to work from another location for four weeks per year. We support an on-site, hybrid work model and offer remote working opportunities, paid time off, Waymo recharge days, bereavement, sick, and parental leave.

Supporting families: When it comes to growing your family or caring for your loved ones, you have our full support. Enhanced leave options include paid parental leave (birthing parent gets 24 weeks of paid leave, and non-birthing parent gets 18 weeks of paid leave), and 20 subsidized days of backup childcare or adult/elder care. Access to fertility care or adoption support as you grow your family.

Community and personal development: At Waymo, you’ll find a range of opportunities to grow, connect, and give back. We offer education tuition reimbursement, personal and professional development, mentorship, and other ways to connect through Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), other internal groups, and even time off to volunteer.

Cool perks: Access to Google offices, cafes, wellness centers, personal training sessions, massages, haircuts, bike repairs, office transportation, commuter benefits and so much more. To support your wellbeing at home, you can enjoy at-home fitness and cooking classes, and more. 

* Please note that while our benefits philosophy is the same in every place Waymonauts work, benefits may vary by office/country and are subject to eligibility requirements.

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.

We appreciate your interest in Waymo. Waymo is an equal employment opportunity employer, committed to maintaining a supportive and inclusive workplace for all employees. Waymo does not discriminate against, and prohibits harassment of, any applicant or employee based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, military status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable law. Waymo will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal records in accordance with applicable law. Waymo is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability and require an accommodation to participate in the application or interview process, please let the recruiting team know or email waymo-candidatesupport@google.com. (This email address is intended to be used only for requesting accommodations as part of the application process. Other inquiries will not receive a response.)

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