Software Engineer - Control

Applied Intuition

Applied Intuition

Software Engineering
Mountain View, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, March 3, 2023

About Applied

Autonomy is one of the leading technological advances of this century that will come to impact our lives. The work you’ll do at Applied will meaningfully accelerate the efforts of the top autonomy teams in the world. At Applied, you will have a unique perspective on the development of cutting-edge technology while working with major players across the industry and the globe.

Applied Intuition provides software solutions to safely develop, test, and deploy autonomous vehicles at scale. The company’s suite of simulation, validation, and drive log management software enables development teams to create thousands of scenarios in minutes, run simulations at scale, and verify and validate algorithms for production deployment. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in Detroit, Washington, D.C., Munich, Stockholm, Seoul, and Tokyo, Applied consists of software, robotics, and automotive experts with experiences from top global companies. Leading autonomy programs and 17 of the top 20 global OEMs use Applied’s solutions to bring autonomy to market faster.

About the role

We are looking for a software engineer with expertise in control of autonomous vehicles or mobile robots. Among your responsibilities will be the development of controls modules that can guide various vehicles over difficult off-road terrain, such as environments with steep slopes and sandy or muddy surfaces. The modules you develop must be high performance due to critical timing, thermal, and power constraints.
In addition to your engineering contributions, by working in our dynamic and customer-focused team culture, you will contribute to and learn from best practices in the nascent autonomy industry. We move fast and we focus on excellence, for our products and for our business. If you are hands-on and looking for a place to have a multiplying effect on making autonomous systems a reality, Applied is the place for you!

At Applied you will:

  • Design and implement controls modules that can be deployed on off-road vehicles for autonomous navigation.
  • Characterize the dynamics of our customers’ vehicles to create tailored controls solutions and to reduce the gap between simulation and real-world dynamics.
  • Evaluate and utilize academic research to create optimal-control-based solutions using techniques like nonlinear MPC and MPPI control.
  • Collaborate with customers’ engineers and manage customer relationships.

We're looking for someone who has:

  • Passion about tackling challenging control problems involving a wide array of vehicles in challenging off-road environments.
  • 3+ years of experience building production software using modern software practices.
  • Hands-on experience testing controls solutions on real, production-grade vehicles.
  • Fluency in differential equations, numerical optimization, numerical analysis, and physics.
  • Enthusiasm for coming up with practical solutions to cutting-edge challenges in a fast-paced environment.

Nice to have:

  • MSc or PhD in mechanical engineering or computer science with coursework or research experience in controls.
  • Experience writing software that is compliant with guidelines for safety-critical C++ code, such as MISRA and AUTOSAR.
  • Experience using quadratic programming solvers and nonlinear optimization tools such as OSQP, SCS, and CasADi to create robust and performant controllers.
  • Experience applying machine learning techniques to vehicle dynamics modeling.
  • Experience writing high-performance C++ code.
  • Experience working with large industrial vehicles in off-road environments.

The salary range for this position is $65,000 USD to $400,000 USD annually. This salary range is an estimate, and the actual salary may vary based on the Company's compensation practices.

Don’t meet every single requirement? If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Applicants will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable federal and state law. Applicants should be aware that for external-facing roles that involve close contact with Company employees or other third parties on the Company's premises, accommodations that involve remaining unvaccinated against COVID-19 may not be deemed reasonable. The Company will engage in the interactive process on an individualized basis taking into account the particular position.

Applied Intuition is an equal opportunity employer and federal contractor or subcontractor. Consequently, the parties agree that, as applicable, they will abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and that these laws are incorporated herein by reference. These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans
or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. These regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability. The parties also agree that, as applicable, they will abide by the requirements of Executive Order 13496 (29 CFR Part 471, Appendix A to Subpart A), relating to the notice of employee rights under federal labor laws.