Engineering Manager - Simulation - Traffic & Behavior Modeling



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2022
As the Simulation Engineering Manager at Zoox, you will lead a team of experienced software engineers. Your key duties will include maintaining high standards for software quality, expanding the team, and setting long-term strategy. Your team will play a crucial role in integrating traffic and pedestrian behaviors into our simulator.
Simulation at Zoox is a fundamental part of the autonomous vehicle development process. Zoox uses simulation to develop our driving software, validate safety, and analyze real-world performance. Our team’s work directly impacts how rapidly and successfully Zoox will achieve its goals.

In this role, you will:

  • Directly manage a team of 5+ software engineers and support the growth of this team
  • Build the systems that realistically move cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, etc., around our simulated environments.
  • Push the state of the art in traffic and behavior modeling to capture real-world behaviors as closely as possible.
  • Develop and use metrics to define the operating capability of the simulated agents and to focus efforts on continuously improving realism.
  • Build strong relationships with teams — including AI, QA, and Validation Engineers — to drive joint efforts and push simulation testing forward.


  • B.S. degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • 3+ years of experience leading a team of software engineers in a related field
  • 10+ years of software engineering experience
  • Fluency in modern C++
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience developing and maintaining cross-functional roadmaps
  • Mathematics skills, including trigonometry and linear algebra

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience in game development, traffic simulation, motion planning, or pathfinding
  • Experience in automotive, robotics, data science, or machine learning
  • Fluency with Python
There are three major components to compensation for this position: salary, Amazon Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), and Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights. The salary will range from $210,000 to $300,000. A sign-on bonus may be part of a compensation package. Compensation will vary based on geographic location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.
Zoox also offers a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (e.g. sick leave, vacation, bereavement), unpaid time off, Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights, Amazon RSUs, health insurance, long-term care insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, and life insurance.
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.
If you need an accommodation to participate in the application or interview process please reach out to accommodations@zoox.com or your assigned recruiter.
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.