Controls Engineer

San Carlos, CA
Engineering – Integration

The Control Systems team at Zoox is responsible for bringing together the computer science world with the automotive world in order to create an amazing product. As a controls engineer, you are responsible for the vehicle’s longitudinal and lateral dynamics and other interior/exterior components. You work closely with other teams within the company, such as the trajectory planner team, to define suitable interfaces for the controls tasks. We are looking for someone with excellent leadership skills and technical expertise in control of complex dynamic systems.


    • Build and lead a team of controls engineers and act as primary individual responsible for the controls stack
    • Architect and implement control strategies for vehicle’s longitudinal and lateral dynamics and other interior/exterior components
    • Define specifications and test suites to tune parameters and compare the performance of different controllers
    • Work with validation team to define and execute tests for developed controllers
    • Contribute to failure and hazard analyses and implement safety mitigations in the control software
    • Work with the firmware team to ensure robust, safety-critical controller implementations in the hardened real-time embedded systems
    • Work with the simulation team to integrate controllers in the simulation environment for development and validation


    • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or related field
    • Excellent leadership, project management, and organizational skills
    • Strong background in controls (MPC, LQR, PID, etc.) and filter design (Kalman Filter, FIR, IIR, etc.) for complex dynamic systems
    • Understanding of vehicle dynamics and automotive sensors and actuators
    • Experience implementing a control system in a real-world product on an embedded microcontroller platform
    • Programming skills, e.g. in C / C++ / Python / Matlab / Simulink


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 artificial intelligence, robotics, 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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