Senior Automation Engineer - Compute Performance



Software Engineering
Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Zoox is building advanced self-driving hardware and software solutions. To attain the utmost efficiency that the system demands, we need you - an expert who understands both compute hardware architecture and the algorithms and middleware that run on it. Your contributions will be instrumental in finding & detecting performance-related trends and anomalies across the robot fleet.
The Software Core Performance team’s mission is to analyze, optimize, and provide guidance to the software and hardware teams to meet expected system performance targets.
As an automation engineer within the Software Core Performance team, you will contribute to the “shift-left” strategy by automating performance monitoring & analysis tooling into the software development & release processes to help developers understand the runtime implications of their code changes.


  • You will automate common workflows & processes for performance data storage and analysis.
  • You will build automated instrumentation for performance tooling (CPU, GPU, latency, memory) and frameworks to support offline evaluation of vehicle performance data.
  • You will also build tools and scripts to evaluate and analyze performance at scale in CI.
  • You will be required to work cross-functionally to ensure Performance tooling is integrated with Zoox's continuous integration and release management processes.


  • 5-8 years of professional experience in software development or related fields and BS in computer science or related fields.
  • Expertise in designing and developing automation pipelines in Python on a Linux-based environment.
  • Proven track record of building continuous integration CI/CD pipelines using Github/Gitlab CI, Jenkins, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of Python, proficiency in C++, and experience in large code bases.
  • Experienced in using GitHub for version control and Jira for effective project and task management.
  • Track record of test & data workflow automation using Cinder, PipeDream, or similar.
  • Knowledgeable in building, testing, and deploying software automation pipelines.
  • Strong problem-solving and innovation skills within the software development life cycle.

Bonus Qualifications

  • Proficiency with Git and Bazel
  • Experience using various Linux performance monitor tools, such as perf, eBPF, Perfetto
  • Experience with software & hardware benchmarking and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) systems
  • Savvy with efficient SQL queries and data platforms such as DataBricks, Looker, and ETL pipelines
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 $143,000 to $226,000. 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.
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.