Lead Sensor Systems Engineer, Zoox

$139-280k

Senior and Expert level
San Francisco Bay Area

Foster City CA

Zoox

Autonomous vehicle technology

Open for applications

Zoox

Autonomous vehicle technology

1001+ employees

B2CArtificial IntelligenceCarsTransportElectric VehiclesAutomation

Open for applications

$139-280k

Senior and Expert level
San Francisco Bay Area

Foster City CA

1001+ employees

B2CArtificial IntelligenceCarsTransportElectric VehiclesAutomation

Company mission

To reimagine transportation from the ground up.

Role

Who you are

  • B.S./M.S./PhD in Engineering, Physics or relevant field and 5+ years of experience
  • Experience in a Systems Engineering role
  • Technical understanding of the physics and fundamental technologies used in automotive Camera, LiDAR, and Radar systems
  • Experience in negotiating, writing and managing requirements
  • Cross-functional collaboration to determine system requirements, through a combination of field testing or analysis and experience in presenting results

Desirable

  • Experience on Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles (Camera, LiDAR, Radar)
  • MATLAB, Python, Optis (or comparable integrated raytracing tool)
  • Experience in Sensors V&V
  • Experience on Safety-Critical Systems

What the job involves

  • Communicate with cross-functional teams (Software, Electrical, Optical, Mechanical, System Design and Mission Assurance) to negotiate requirements
  • Establish and maintain the traceability of vehicle-level sensing requirements to subsystem-level sensor requirements
  • Perform System-Level trade studies
  • Define V&V strategy for Sensor Systems and work with test engineers to define test plans
  • Interpret test results and evaluate system-level impact
  • Establish and enforce Systems Engineering processes

Otta's take

Sam Franklin headshot

Sam Franklin

CEO of Otta

Zoox, a self-driving vehicle company, was founded to make personal transportation safer and more enjoyable for all. It has aimed to achieve this goal by creating a new mode of driverless transportation, thus eradicating the safety and logistical issues that come with human drivers.

It revealed its custom vehicle design in December 2020, showcasing something different from just a car without a driver. Uniquely, all four wheels are independent of one another, and the vehicles have no front or back, making them more agile than a standard car. Zoox claims that it is different from other industry players because it has created an entire driverless ecosystem, including the vehicle itself, allowing it to have more control.

The company is fast becoming a major player in an industry that is predicted to be worth $2 trillion by 2030. Electric motors are highly desirable, particularly in an urban environment, as governments look for ways to reduce emissions and improve air quality. Zoox is aiming to play a vital role in this evolution towards more sustainable urban mobility. Amazon acquired the company in 2020 and, despite a general downturn in the sector through 2022, is building a Zoox factory and budgeting $1 billion per year for future development and production.

Insights

Led by a woman
Top investors

Few candidates hear
back within 2 weeks

24% employee growth in 12 months

Company

Funding (last 2 of 5 rounds)

Oct 2019

$200m

CONVERTIBLE

Jul 2018

$500m

SERIES B

Total funding: $1.2bn

Company benefits

  • Paid parental leave
  • Affinity groups and sports clubs
  • Work from home opportunities
  • Health insurance
  • Our crew’s health and happiness is our first priority. We offer comprehensive health and mental health support, a wellbeing program, and unlimited and flexible paid time away
  • We invest in our crew—and their families—for the long term. That includes generous family planning support, caregiver support, and strong cash compensation with great equity upside
  • We look after our crew when they’re in the office too. Our famous food program is a great example, featuring a daily changing menu of local and sustainable dishes
  • There’s a busy calendar of social events at Zoox, with more sports teams than you can count. And, of course, playing with robots is an important part of the job description

Company values

  • WE'RE DOING ONE THING THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING: Safer, cleaner, more enjoyable mobility—for everyone. One product and one mission, bringing us together and driving us forward.
  • IT’S BIGGER THAN ANY OF US: Collaboration isn’t just something we talk about. It’s the only way we get this done. It takes trust, humility, and openness. And it means we pull together like no other team
  • ONE ZOOX, ONE CREW: Zoox is an inclusive, diverse, supportive community. One where we celebrate together, face challenges together, and grow stronger together. And where we work hard to ensure no one is left out and everyone is part of the story.
  • EVERY DAY IS A MILESTONE: From each line of code to each mile on the road, everything we do is another step forward in our mission. We ask questions, tackle problems head-on, and celebrate the progress we’re making

Company HQ

Vintage Park, Foster City, CA

Founders

Aicha Evans

(CEO, not founder)

Having studied at the George Washington University, Aicha started her career with 2 years in Engineering at Skyworks before joining Intel, where she spent over 11 years. She left her role as Corporate Strategy Officer in February 2019 to join Zoox as CEO.

Jesse Levinson

(CTO)

Prior to co-founding Zoox, completed a Computer Science PhD at Stanford University. Also created Pro HDR, a million+ selling mobile photography app.

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