Software Engineer, C++ System Software Architecture



Software Engineering, IT
Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, December 12, 2020
Shipping the software that powers Zoox's revolutionary autonomous vehicles is an extremely challenging job. Software architecture engineers act as a multiplier for the entire software organization, looking for opportunities to make our software and engineering teams more efficient and productive. They frequently tackle big challenges in the code base that cut across multiple teams. Additionally, they provide technical leadership and design review services to the rest of the software organization. Zoox's software architecture engineers see the entire safety critical autonomous driving stack from a 10,000-foot view, but frequently zoom in and get their hands dirty solving problems with the biggest payoff across all of the software teams.
We're looking for engineers with strong software engineering skills and broad experience, but with a focus in C++ systems-level software. Candidates should also be comfortable hacking out quick scripts to automate tasks when necessary. Autonomous vehicles have some of the largest, most complex software ever shipped in a safety-critical environment; solving that problem is one of the most exciting technical challenges of our lifetime.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering, mathematics, or related field
  • 3+ years of industry experience working on large code bases
  • Strong proficiency in C++
  • Experience with Linux and systems programming
  • Experience with build systems, version control, and testing methodologies

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience with Python
  • Experience with ROS
  • Familiarity with networking, TCP/IP, and sockets programming
  • Experience with a RTOS such as QNX, VxWorks, or INTEGRITY
  • Experience with safety-critical systems
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 $164,000 to $234,000. 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 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.