Senior Robotics Platform Software Engineer

Mountain View, CA /
Engineering – Infrastructure /
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 a Software Engineer with a focus on Onboard Infrastructure and Drivers to join us and take a key role in designing and implementing our core software infrastructure.

In this role, you will:

    • Collaborate with engineers across multiple domains to build the Kodiak real-time operating system that empowers our robots.
    • Design and implement our core infrastructure and libraries using modern C++
    • Build highly reliable and highly performant compute and network systems
    • Work closely with next generation LIDARs, cameras, radars, and other sensors.
    • Gather metrics, analyze, and optimize the operation of Kodiak autonomous systems


    • Robust technical background. BS, MS, or equivalent, in Computer Science or similar with 4+ years of experience building software infrastructure in an environment with significant scale and performance. 
    • Experience reading and writing modern C++ code.
    • Familiarity with using Linux to build complex software.

Nice to have:

    • Understanding of network protocols such as TCP, UDP, and PTP.
    • Experience working with sensors like lidars, cameras and radars.
    • Familiarity with high throughput storage and database systems.
    • Knowledge of tools used for performance optimization like perf, trace tools, and memory profilers.
    • Experience using Bazel for large and cross platform projects.
    • A background in operating systems or build systems.

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.