Software Development Tech Lead/Manager

San Francisco
Software Engineering – Software Engineers /
Full-time /
At Ouster, we build sensors and tools for engineers, roboticists, and researchers, so they can make the world safer and more efficient. We've transformed LIDAR from an analog device with thousands of components to an elegant digital device powered by one chip-scale laser array and one CMOS sensor. The result is a full range of high-resolution LIDAR sensors that deliver superior imaging at a dramatically lower price. Our advanced sensor hardware and vision algorithms are used in autonomous cars, drones and many other applications. If you’re motivated by solving big problems, we’re hiring key roles across the company and need your help!

You will lead a team and develop the Ouster SDK, an open-source development kit for customers to receive, process, and visualize their lidar data and bring their end applications to life. An eye for high-performance C++ and clean APIs is essential. Your customers will be both internal and external, including Ouster's lidar development team, the perception team, and the open-source community.

During a typical week as a Software Development technical lead and team manager, you will work with product managers and stakeholders to define engineering requirements, produce software architectures, design, contribute top-notch code, plan for timely execution and coach / develop team members. Additionally, you will provide training, mentorship, and guidance for other team members. Come build a new lidar industry with us!

Job Responsibilities:

    • Develop and maintain clean, high-performance, robust cross-platform code (our software is used in autonomy, robotics and research projects)
    • Manage a high performing team of expert SDK developers. Assign work, make proper coordination and address day-to-day challenges in the execution.
    • Design and implement features in C++ and Python for the open-source Ouster Lidar Sensor SDK
    • Assure the highest possible bar for SW quality and releases meeting customer’s expectations.
    • Engage with the product manager and other stakeholders in the broader organization to capture requirements and translate them to the technical domain.
    • Prototype, design, and implement in-house tools to support internal engineering teams from embedded software to optics and manufacturing in building lidar sensors
    • Support internal perception and mapping capabilities
    • Document, plan, and track team’s progress and work
    • Demonstrate new products to stakeholders, participate in technical discussions, and respond to feedback graciously
    • Able to work 3 days a week from the SF headquarter.

Job Requirements:

    • BS or higher in computer science or related field
    • Expert in high-performance C++ and Python
    • 10+ years of experience in coding
    • 5+ years of proven record in managing a high performance team and meeting committed deadlines
    • Strong foundations in agile SW development
    • Strong communication, collaboration, and leadership skills
    • Significant Linux experience
    • Experience with CMake, build, packaging
    • Experience with Jenkins or other CI/CD systems
    • Experience developing and deploying with Docker
    • Some knowledge of Linux networking and networking protocols
    • Some knowledge of Python packaging

Bonus points:

    • Experience with cross-platform development, especially Windows or macOS
    • Network programming experience
    • Pybind11
    • Web assembly
    • JavaScript
    • TypeScript
    • OpenGL
    • Agile development processes based on SAFe4.0
    • Experience maintaining an open-source codebase
    • Experience designing and implementing APIs for lidar, imaging, or other sensors
    • Past experience working with hardware products
    • Security
    • Hardware Robotics Platforms such as Nvidia Jetson, QNX, DriveSmith
$210,000 - $220,000 a year
The base pay will be dependent on your skills, work experience, location, and qualifications. This role may also be eligible for equity & benefits.
We acknowledge the confidence gap at Ouster. You do not need to meet all of these
requirements to be the ideal candidate for this role.

At Ouster we offer a range of competitive benefits, as we believe in taking care of our employees in all aspects of their lives. Our newly renovated office, located in the Mission District of San Francisco, is a dog-friendly workplace with a kitchen stocked with snacks, fresh fruit and drinks, and a complimentary dinner catered nightly. Additional perks include 15 vacation days/10 paid holidays annually; paid parental leave; pre-tax commuter or health care/dependent care accounts; 401K match up to 4%; medical, vision and dental plans with premiums covered at 100% for the employee and 75% for dependents (Cigna or Kaiser); life insurance; and short term disability and long term disability. Ouster offers the best benefit options available because we consider the well-being of our employees a top priority.

Ouster is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that pursues and hires a diverse workforce. Ouster does not make employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws. Ouster also strives for a healthy and safe workplace, and prohibits harassment of any kind. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ouster considers qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.