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Autonomy Software Engineer

Kodiak Robotics

Kodiak Robotics

Software Engineering
Mountain View, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, October 13, 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/year trucking industry quickly, safely, and efficiently.
We are looking for an experienced Autonomy Software Engineer to contribute across multiple autonomy domains. Our ideal candidates have practical experience of shipping code onto robots, are self-starters, and are excited about the unique opportunities for growth and impact at Kodiak.

In this role, you will:

  • Work on autonomous trucks that are running in the real world
  • Advance the state-of-the-art in autonomous trucking.
  • Write production-level C++ code
  • Integrate with a team focusing on one or more autonomy domain(s) such as Controls, Localization, Motion Planning, Perception, Simulation, and more
  • Design new capabilities to solve novel AV challenges, and deliver complex projects through incremental development
  • Integrate new platform revisions and hardware configurations into the system
  • Learn exceptional software engineering practices alongside industry experts to write maintainable, clear, and concise code.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across multiple teams and mentor other developers

You must have:

  • 5 years experience building and shipping production-quality software, with a focus in Linux based environments
  • Proficiency with modern C++ (C++11 or above) and version control systems
  • A motivation to solve challenging problems without clear-cut solutions
  • A high standard and commitment to quality by designing for maintainability, testability and efficiency
  • A desire to collaborate with multiple teams across autonomy domains

Bonus points if you have:

  • Experience developing safety-critical code (e.g. aerospace, medical devices)
  • Experience developing performant software with significant latency constraints (e.g. aerospace, robotics, gaming, high-frequency trading)
  • Comfort with fundamental mathematics, linear algebra and calculus

What we Offer:

  • Competitive compensation package including equity and biannual bonuses
  • Excellent Medical, Dental, and Vision plans through Kaiser Permanente, Anthem, and Guardian (including a medical plan with infertility benefits)
  • Flexible PTO and generous parental leave policies
  • Office perks: dog-friendly, free catered lunch, a fully stocked kitchen, and free EV charging
  • Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, Life Insurance
  • Wellbeing Benefits - Headspace, One Medical, Gympass, Spring Health
  • Fidelity 401(k)
  • Commuter, FSA, Dependent Care FSA, HSA
  • Various incentive programs (referral bonuses, patent bonuses, etc.)
The annual salary range for this full-time position is $150,000-$230,000 + bonus + equity + benefits. 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.