Software Quality Simulation Specialist

Mountain View, CA /
Engineering – Software Quality /
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’re hiring a Software Quality Operator for our small but mighty team to design test plans, simulations, and find bugs to help accelerate feature development. If you’re interested in designing and creating simulations, analyzing data, and working towards launching an autonomous trucking product, let's chat!

In this role, you will:

    • Know the robot better than almost anyone else
    • Develop test plans and create simulations to test the behavior of our autonomous trucks 
    • Work with the Systems Engineering team to to design simulation tests and ensure sufficient coverage for our systems requirements 
    • Design and execute on-road structured testing and analyze the results 
    • Analyze and report on the results of simulation and field data
    • Perform root cause analysis efficiently with minimal oversight
    • Identify and categorize failure modes of our system, assess risk, and escalate as necessary by filing bugs and tracking through to resolution
    • Generate reports of overall performance to share with the team 
    • Collaborate with Operations and Engineering teams to improve workflows and processes


    • AV industry experience - 1+ years of experience in autonomous vehicle/robotics industry in a software quality operations role (simulation experience preferred)
    • BA or BSc preferred
    • You take ownership and drive the team to deliver exceptional results, and employ a high degree of accountability 
    • Proven ability to get to the bottom of things
    • You are a critical thinker with strong root cause analysis skills
    • You have the ability to quickly learn and implement new concepts
    • You are curious by nature and are willing to investigate with diligence and understand the cause of unexpected things
    • Great communicator with experience writing clear, concise, and detailed communication
    • Love of robots - You love to be in, around, or near robots
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