Embedded Software Engineer - Returnship



Software Engineering
Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2022
The Path Forward Return to Work program at Zoox is a 16-week paid returnship for experienced professionals returning to the workforce. The program is open to individuals who have at least 5 years of professional experience and have been out of the paid workforce for at least two years to focus on caregiving of any kind. If you meet these criteria, we welcome you to apply.
At Zoox, we are excited to be part of the Path Forward program because we appreciate the skills you can offer, the perspective you provide, and the contributions you will make. This program offers you a chance to revamp your skills, gain new experience, and make connections with others transitioning back to the workforce. It also offers support through Path Forward, a nonprofit organization on a mission to empower people who’ve been focused on caregiving to transition back to the paid workforce.
Our Firmware team is responsible for embedded software development, extensions, and maintenance for multiple embedded platforms for the Zoox vehicle. This encompasses “car-like” driving functions, newer “robot-like” user interactions and functions, foundational board development, and more.
We are looking for people who are passionate about diving deep into technical problems and creating robust and reusable software. We are looking broadly for contributions ranging from developing features; essential software infrastructure; and extensive, insightful automated verification and validation.

What You Bring to the Role

  • Positive attitude, team player
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changes


  • BS+ in relevant engineering discipline
  • Proficiency in C/C++ or Python (both is a plus)
  • At least one previous industry role in relevant area
  • Professional and positive communication skills

Bonus Qualifications

  • Object-oriented programming experience
  • Proficiency in embedded systems, robots, or mechatronics
  • Prior experience at an autonomous vehicle, automotive, or robotics company
  • Proficiency in high assurance practices as part of safety-critical system development (eg requirements writing, design docs, testing, etc)
  • Good debugging skills
  • Experience writing code with source control (Git)
  • Involvement/leadership with clubs related to robotics, automotive, or related fields
The salary range for this position is $155,000 to $249,000. Compensation will vary based on geographic location and level. Leveling, as well as positioning within a level, is determined by a range of factors, including, but not limited to, a candidate's relevant years of experience, domain knowledge, and interview performance. The salary range listed in this posting is representative of the range of levels Zoox is considering for this position. Additional benefits may be offered.
Vaccine Mandate
Employees working in this position will be required to have received a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and/or the World Health Organization. In addition, employees who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine (“Booster”) will be required to receive a Booster. 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.
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.