Systems Engineer - Vehicle Control Simulations

Foster City, CA /
System Design and Mission Assurance – Systems Engineering - Safety /
Zoox is on an ambitious journey to develop a full-stack autonomous mobility solution for cities and safely deploy such a robotaxi solution.  Zoox’s System Design and Mission Assurance (SDMA) team is responsible for constructing the safety case and validating that our vehicles are safe enough to be deployed for autonomous driving. We play a foundational role for the success of the company. As Zoox prepares to launch our technology on public roads, we are seeking a Systems engineer with strong vehicle dynamics and controls simulation experience. This engineer will work with other members of the systems engineering team to analyze vehicle feedback control systems and develop simulation models/test cases to support the vehicle safety case. 


    • Develop Python/CarMaker based simulations for analysis of vehicle dynamics and control systems
    • Create a simulation framework to inject component-level (e.g. erroneous sensor, broken tie-rod, worn components such as ball-joints, etc) faults and determine fault tolerant behavior metrics
    • Extract control system parameters (i.e. delays, etc.) from existing log files 
    • Create automated test-runs for testing of brake, steering, suspension and powertrain systems
    • Create scripts and tools for post-processing test results
    • Validate system requirements through the use of simulations, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and in-vehicle testing
    • Troubleshoot test failures, identify root cause and recommend corrective actions


    • Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical, Electrical or Computer Science (Master's preferred)
    • Strong knowledge of vehicle handling, ride and tire dynamics
    • Strong knowledge of control theory, mechanical and electrical control systems
    • Experience working with one or more of these tools: Carmaker, Carsim, dSPACE ASM
    • 4+ years experience with Python and/or Matlab/Simulink
    • Collaborative team player with strong written and in-person communication skills

Bonus Qualifications

    • Knowledge of functional safety (ISO 26262) terminology and principles
    • Experience with C/C++
    • Experience working with these tools: Vector CANalyzer, AB Dynamics Flex-0, OxTS RT3000, dSPACE MicroAutoBox
Vaccine Mandate

Employees working in this position will be required to have received a single dose of the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine OR have completed the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series. In addition, employees will be required to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the earlier of (1) April 15 or (2) within two months of becoming eligible for the booster vaccine.

Employees will be required to show proof of vaccination status upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment. That offer of employment will be conditioned upon, among other things, an Applicant’s ability to show proof of vaccination status. Please note the Company provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable state, federal, and local laws.

About Zoox

Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.

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A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.