Software Engineer, Controls

Mountain View, CA /
Engineering – Motion Planning & Controls /
Kodiak was founded in April 2018 to develop autonomous technology that carries freight forward—so people, partners, and the planet thrive. Navigating highway environments presents vastly different challenges than urban streets. Kodiak’s experienced team has developed the industry’s most advanced technology stack purpose-built specifically for long-haul trucks. From our sensor fusion system that maximizes the value of every sensing modality, to our unique lightweight mapping solution that allows our trucks to navigate ever-changing highway construction zones, our world-class team of industry pioneers is bringing the benefits of autonomy to the $800B a year trucking industry quickly, safely, and efficiently. 

We are looking for an experienced Controls Software Engineer who is passionate about safety-critical systems to join our Motion Planning & Controls team.

In this role, you will:

    • Be responsible for designing and implementing our feedback, control, and actuation strategies using both established & novel techniques
    • Architect, develop, and test reliable, redundant, and safety-critical software that controls fully-loaded trucks driving on the road
    • Characterize the vehicle platform (e.g., steering, braking, throttle/engine management, dynamics) to develop models that can be used for precise motion planning, simulation, and controls
    • Work on fundamental problems in redundant actuation, degraded operation, and fail-safe control
    • Collaborate with other teams at Kodiak (e.g. hardware, motion planning, and systems engineering) to deliver a robust vehicle control architecture (for example: requirement specifications, test plans, test documentation, and implemented testing at all levels of integration)

Let's talk if you have:

    • A strong background in robotics, controls, optimization, and mathematics (MS, PhD, or equivalent experience)
    • Developed, tested, and tuned controllers for mobile autonomous robots, ideally trucks, cars, or flying vehicles
    • Performed system identification, modeling, simulation, or other characterization for systems with complex dynamics
    • A strong theoretical foundation paired with practical experience in controls, system modeling, and/or redundant architectures
    • A focus on end-to-end vehicle safety
    • Software development experience writing production-level C or C++

Bonus points if you have:

    • Experience with software design and implementation in safety-critical domains (e.g. automotive, aerospace, medical, etc)
    • Written low-level drivers for software/hardware interfacing using protocols such as CAN or ethernet
    • Written efficient code running on resource-constrained embedded systems with a real-time operating system
    • Experience with formal verification methods, writing requirements, and systems engineering processes
    • Comfortable with Python, Matlab/Simulink, or other simulation/analysis tools used in feedback system design

What we offer:

    • A place with big goals that we trust we can achieve
    • A fast paced environment where we work with talented, committed and supportive teammates
    • Equity and competitive pay. Every employee is a stakeholder in Kodiak’s success
    • Excellent medical, dental and vision benefits
    • Flexible PTO and generous parental leave policies
    • A beautiful facility in Mountain View
    • We love our dogs, so we are a dog friendly office!
    • Free catered lunch
At Kodiak, we strive to build a diverse community working towards our common company goals in a safe and collaborative environment where harassment of any kind is strictly prohibited. Kodiak is committed to equal opportunity employment regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law.