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Winter 2024 Intern Systems Engineer, Verification & Validation

Kodiak Robotics

Kodiak Robotics

Software Engineering
Mountain View, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2023
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 Systems Engineer to join us and develop autonomous hardware.

In this role, you will:

  • Be responsible for system verification and validation of part of our software, sensing hardware, redundant AV computing, or redundant actuation systems
  • Develop test plans and methods for system and sub-system evaluation.
  • Work closely with other system engineers, software and hardware teams to refine and increase coverage of test plans.
  • Conduct Hardware in the Loop (HIL) testing and generate evaluation reports. Support Closed Course testing and evaluation of the Kodiak driver.
  • Develop testing infrastructure for scaling HIL testing. Develop and deploy scripts and tools for automated evaluation and reporting
  • Provide design feedback based on test results, and refine requirements based on analysis
  • Contribute to system safety and reliability improvements.
  • Perform Engineering project management activities related to the assigned project


  • Strong technical background. You are currently pursuing an MS or Ph.D. and have hands-on experience with design and architecture of robotic or automotive systems, you know how to analyze systems using structured approaches (such as DFMEA and FTA), and have developed and executed test plans for smaller systems
  • You take ownership and drive the team to deliver exceptional results
  • Proven ability to build and iterate quickly. Comfortable in ambiguous environments and for moving from zero to one.
  • Hands on. You are just as comfortable getting your hands dirty analyzing a subsystem in the shop as when using a keyboard
  • Can script or code - Python or C or C++ or other language

Internship Program Details:

  • Start Date: January 2024.
  • Our internship program is 12-16 weeks; the end date is flexible based on individual needs.
  • Location: Mountain View, CA.
  • Housing: interns are responsible for housing.

What we can offer:

  • A fast paced environment where we work with talented, committed and supportive teammates.
  • Competitive pay.
  • Excellent medical, dental and vision benefits.
  • A beautiful facility in Mountain View.
  • We love our dogs, so we are a dog friendly office!
  • Free catered lunch.
The monthly range for this intern position is $7,500-$8,333. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level and location. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. We can share more about the specific salary range for your job level during the hiring process. Please note that the compensation details listed above are base salary only and do not include bonus, equity, or benefits.
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.
In alignment with its business operations, Kodiak adheres to all relevant U.S. national security statutes, regulations, and administrative prerequisites. These statutes may impose limitations on Kodiak's capacity to engage specific individuals in particular roles based on various national security-related criteria. Consequently, the eligibility for this position may hinge on Kodiak's verification of a candidate's residence, U.S. person status, and/or citizenship status. In accordance with these statutes , Kodiak may find it necessary to secure a U.S. government export license before disseminating its technologies to specific individuals. Should Kodiak determine that a candidate's residence, U.S. person status, and/or citizenship status necessitate a license, prohibit the candidate from assuming this position, or otherwise fall under national security-related restrictions, Kodiak explicitly retains the right to either assess the candidate for an alternative position unaffected by such restrictions, under terms and conditions set forth at Kodiak's sole discretion, or, as an alternative, opt not to proceed with the candidate's application.