Senior Validation Engineer, Prototyping



Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024
We are inventors, builders, and doers, passionate and purposeful in the work we do. We have a once-in-a-century opportunity to reinvent personal transportation—and we need your help. The Zoox Prototyping Team is responsible for unblocking the intricacies of Autonomous Mobility. Our team serves as a technical hub to resolve any challenges in engineering to develop the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet. As a Senior Validation Engineer, you will actively participate in the brainstorming and the design of new ideas and technologies with the Prototyping Engineering team as well as be responsible for their validation. You will develop a wide range of skills in an iterative prototyping environment as you unlock the future of transportation.
We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, innovative, and willing to take on the challenges of bringing advanced autonomous vehicle technologies to market. If you enjoy cross-functional and meaningful work, then join this passionate team where conceptual ideas materialize into the physical world.

In this role, you will:

  • Define and design testing and validation procedures and utilities to develop validation master plans, process flow diagrams, test cases, and standard operating procedures
  • Write comprehensive test plans based on requirements and analyze validation test data
  • Conduct mechanical and electrical validation of prototyping projects
  • Identify, document, and highlight cross-functional validation gaps and dependencies to resolve integration test and validation issues
  • Troubleshoot and debug issues in the field, and trace failures to subsystems and components by modifying testing methods or revising test objectives and standards
  • Work closely with Mechanical, Electrical, and Systems engineers to develop modules, systems, and test equipment


  • 10+ years of relevant experience with 6+ being hands-on in testing or validation
  • B.S. in a relevant field such as Mechanical, Robotics, Electrical, Aerospace, Automotive Engineering, or Systems Engineering
  • Knowledgeable of vehicle systems, such as steering, brakes, localization, motor controls, CAN, Ethernet, and/or vehicle architectures
  • Knowledge of electrical systems, embedded systems, physics, and mathematics
  • Experience with CAN, LIN analysis, and debugging tools (PCAN, CANalyzer, CANape, etc.)
  • Understanding of vehicle dynamics and vehicle drive and chassis systems, such as motors, brakes, and steering

Bonus Qualifications

  • Previous Automotive or Aerospace experience
  • Knowledgeable of vehicle systems, such as steering, brakes, localization, motor controls, CAN, Ethernet, and/or vehicle architectures
  • Experience using test automation frameworks, such as PyTest or Robot Framework
  • Experience with test scripting and data analysis languages, such as Python or Matlab
  • Experience with Git, Jira, Polarion, or TestRail
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 $151,000 to $250,000. 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.