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Manager, Motion Planning Collision Avoidance

ZooxFull-time$221k - $319kFoster City, CaliforniaJan 10, 2024
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The Collision Avoidance System (CAS) at Zoox is responsible for detecting and reacting to imminent collision situations in support of our vehicle’s overall safety goals. The CAS team consists of a diverse team of engineers experienced in perception, prediction, planning, and verification & validation. Overall, the CAS is parallel and complementary to our Main AI Autonomy stack, and has a close relationship with our vehicle hardware and safety teams in order to architect redundancy into our overall driving system. As Zoox prepares to launch our technology on public roads, we are seeking an experienced manager to lead our Motion Planning Collision Avoidance System team.


  • Lead the motion planning and control team under the Collision Avoidance Systems (CAS) organization
  • Set the short and long-term technical direction for the team and collaborate on broader, company-wide directions 
  • Coordinate cross-functional initiatives with CAS and Software teams within Zoox
  • Grow the team through recruiting efforts and guide the continued professional development of team members


  • Advanced degree in robotics, computer science, electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or related fields
  • 3+ years of management experience in leading Software development on complex robotic systems 
  • Solid understanding of autonomy software architecture principles and design patterns
  • Demonstrated success leading technical teams
  • Working knowledge in C++ and object oriented programming

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience with autonomous vehicles
  • Experience with State Estimation Algorithms
  • Experience with software development in a regulated environment
  • Technical depth in ONE of the following areas: Trajectory optimization, Search-based planning, Integration of prediction and planning
There are three major components to compensation for this position: salary, Amazon Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), and Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights. The salary will range from $221,000 to $319,000. A sign-on bonus may be part of a compensation package. Compensation will vary based on geographic location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.  

Zoox also offers a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (e.g. sick leave, vacation, bereavement), unpaid time off, Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights, Amazon RSUs, health insurance, long-term care insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, and life insurance.

About Zoox
Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.

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A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.


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