Sr. Staff Embedded Software Engineer



Job Description

About Rivian

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract. 


As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. 

Role Summary

Our team develops firmware and controls for a diverse array of power conversion systems, encompassing both vehicle and energy products, such as DC fast chargers, residential bidirectional chargers, and onboard power electronics systems.


The ideal candidate will be responsible for the full software development lifecycle for power electronics and support ECUs, from specification and design to implementation and testing. This will require proficiency in a variety of embedded architectures, from bare metal to RTOS implementations, as well as a deep understanding of modern multi-core 32-bit embedded controller peripherals and architecture.


  • Specification, design, implementation, and testing of both bare metal and RTOS low level software for power electronics applications 
  • Work with/resolve ambiguity in requirements/specifications/designs 
  • Design and specify interfaces between application software and firmware 
  • Design, develop, implement and test multicore interfaces and applications 
  • Develop multicore, timing critical software architectures 
  • Create elegant, efficient real time software components and interfaces 
  • Develop software component testing methodologies and implementations to ensure maturity/stability/release readiness 
  • Work with hardware and debuggers at a bench and HIL level to verify software operation 
  • Design ISO26262 compliant software 
  • Document requirements, software design and test procedures and results 


  • At least a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering or computer science. Master’s degree preferred 
  • 10+ years software development experience with real-time embedded C systems 
  • Fluency in state-of-the-art embedded software practices using the C programming language 
  • Proficiency in version control software processes and techniques (GitFlow, GitLab) 
  • Ability to write testing scripts for using scripting languages (Python) 
  • Knowledge of software build procedures and the ability to maintain build scripts (SCons preferred, CMake, Makefile) 
  • Strong background in real-time software component design and testing 

Pay Disclosure

  • Salary Range/Hourly Rate for California Based Applicants: $189,000 - $217,000 (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location, and other factors permitted by law).
  • Benefits Summary: Rivian provides robust medical/Rx, dental and vision insurance packages for full-time employees, their spouse or domestic partner, and children up to age 26. Coverage is effective on the first day of employment, and Rivian covers most of the premiums.

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at

Candidate Data Privacy

Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law. 


Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services. 


Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.  


Please note that we are currently not accepting applications from third party application services.

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