Mechatronics Engineer, Closures



Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Zoox is developing fully autonomous vehicles and the supporting ecosystem required to bring the technology to market at scale. 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 believe the transition to self-driving vehicles requires a combination of elegant vision and uncompromising execution.
The Closures team is responsible for designing, developing, and innovating automated closures systems for our autonomous vehicle. We are looking for someone enthusiastic, innovative, a self-starter, and excited to work as an exceptional mechatronics engineer. In this role, you will be asked to design and analyze new mechanical systems and improve existing hardware designs for our production vehicles.


  • You will lead the design, development, and launch of the electromechanical components and assemblies within our automated closures systems for medium to high production volumes
  • You will collaborate with external partners to define and align requirements, develop and validate designs, and deliver on schedule to support overall vehicle development milestones
  • You will model system dynamics to define requirements for actuator selection
  • You will research and develop unique firmware and hardware solutions to dynamic system problems using a combination of tools such as Python, MATLAB, and self-built hardware test assets
  • You will lead and drive the debugging of the HW/SW issues
  • You will work with key cross-functional partners to root cause and provide a resolution
  • You will develop test automation, leverage in-house analysis tools to perform debugging/improve test coverage, and enhance test infrastructure


  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Mechatronics, or other relevant backgrounds
  • At least 5 years of professional experience
  • Experience with 3D CAD software such as CATIA, Solidworks, etc.
  • Working knowledge of Design for Manufacturability, including familiarity with GD&T and dimensional engineering
  • Proficiency in Python, with a focus on the following: reading and writing to test equipment (SCPI, VISA, PySerial, etc), data manipulation/analysis with large (multiple GB) datasets, and data visualization.
  • Experience managing technical suppliers
  • Demonstrated an ability to manage difficult projects with tight timing constraints

Bonus Qualifications

  • Passion for multi-disciplinary engineering, ideally illustrated through personal hobbies/projects
  • Experience with closed-loop control systems
  • Familiarity with git/version management tools, SW debugging tools
  • Deeper experience with embedded systems and programming (Arduino, C/C++, PCB layout)
  • Experience working with SQL or other relational database
  • Solid electronics fundamentals, comfortable working with ECUs and performing basic electrical debugging tasks
  • Experience with hardware interfaces such as Ethernet, CAN, USB, UART, LIN, I2C, SPI, and related testing/debugging tools


  • There are three major components to compensation for this position: salary, Amazon Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), and Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights. The salary range for this position is $137,000 to $222,000 A sign-on bonus may be offered as part of the compensation package. 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.
  • 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.
Vaccine Mandate
Employees working in this position will be required to have received a single dose of the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine OR have completed the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series. In addition, employees will be required to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine within two months of becoming eligible for the booster vaccine.
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.