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2024-06-14 Waymo

Senior Software Engineer, Linux Kernel

Warsaw, Poland

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with the mission to be the most trusted driver. Since its start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has focused on building the Waymo Driver—The World's Most Experienced Driver™—to improve access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. The Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, a fully autonomous ride-hailing service, and can also be applied to a range of vehicle platforms and product use cases. The Waymo Driver has provided over one million rider-only trips, enabled by its experience autonomously driving tens of millions of miles on public roads and tens of billions in simulation across 13+ U.S. states.

Waymo Platforms is responsible for low-level software and infrastructure on various components of the Waymo self-driving system. The team’s scope covers everything from low-level system software to high-bandwidth data logging, IPC (low-latency and high-throughput), networking, scheduling, process management, performance analysis, full-system debugging, etc. We work closely with the Hardware, Compute, Sensor, Perception, Behavior and Machine Learning teams to build the most performant and low-latency self-driving solution in the industry.

In this role, you will work on the Core Platform Team. The Core Platform team owns the primary compute node of Waymo’s on-vehicle compute platform – a highly integrated, high performance embedded system.If you enjoy building robust and high-performance embedded systems using state-of-the-art compute hardware and working closely with engineering teams that will be direct consumers of your work, you’ll be a great fit for this role.

In this role you'll:

  • Work on a small team of System Software and Linux Kernel Engineers to design, implement and test system software components from early prototyping to production launch of driverless vehicles
  • Design, implement and test Linux Kernel device drivers and other components for high-performance embedded systems including custom ASICs and accelerators.
  • Take on complex and ambiguous problems and come up with clean and robust solutions.

At a minimum we’d like you to have:

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or relevant technical field or equivalent practical experience
  • 8+ years of relevant work experience
  • Proficiency in C and C++
  • Strong understanding of programming in an asynchronous environment with multiple processes, threads, timers, interrupts, etc.
  • Experience with Linux kernel and device driver development
  • Excellent debugging skills

It’s preferred if you have one or more of the following:

  • Experience with common hardware protocols/interfaces (PCIe, Ethernet, I2C, etc)
  • Working knowledge of complex hardware-accelerated compute pipelines (GPUs, ML accelerators, image/data processors, etc.)
  • Performance optimization of systems and complex pipelines
  • Working knowledge of hardware bring-up and debugging

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, gym membership, 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 PPK/PPO retirement 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 a hybrid work mode, offer paid time off, 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 family leave (total of 41 weeks between the parents - with at least 9 weeks due only to each parent).

Community and personal development: At Waymo, you’ll find a range of opportunities to grow, connect, and give back. We offer education 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, massages, and so much more. To support your wellbeing at home, you can enjoy at-home fitness and cooking classes, and more. 


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 (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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