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Senior/Staff Software Engineer - Controls

ZooxFull-time$221k - $319kFoster City, CaliforniaNov 16, 2023
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Zoox is looking for a controls engineer to join our Planning and Control team. The controls team is responsible for our vehicle’s longitudinal and lateral dynamics. You will also work closely with other teams within the company, such as the Trajectory Planner team, to define suitable interfaces for the controls tasks. We are looking for a software engineer with technical expertise in control of complex dynamic systems.


  • Architect and implement control strategies for our vehicle’s longitudinal and lateral dynamics
  • Define specifications and test suites to tune parameters and compare the performance of different controllers
  • Work with validation team to define and execute tests for developed controllers
  • Contribute to failure and hazard analyses and implement safety mitigations in the control software
  • Work with the firmware team to ensure robust, safety-critical controller implementations in the hardened real-time embedded systems
  • Work with the simulation team to integrate controllers in the simulation environment for development and validation


  • BS or MS degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field
  • Strong programming skills in C / C++
  • Strong background in controls (PID, LQR, MPC, etc.) and filter design (Kalman Filter, FIR, IIR, etc.) for complex dynamic systems
  • Understanding of vehicle dynamics and automotive sensors and actuators
  • Extensive experience with programming and algorithm design
  • Strong mathematical and geometrical skills
  • 8+ years of experience in a related field

Bonus Qualifications

  • PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field
  • Excellent leadership, project management, and organizational skills
  • Experience implementing a control system in a real-world product
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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