Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Sr. Embedded Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Palo Alto, CA, USA · United States
Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2024

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

Help us keep the world adventurous forever by leading the way in designing and implementing the firmware that runs on our vehicles! As part of the platform firmware team, you will write code supporting every controller in our cars. Whether bootstrapping a new micro or designing an embedded file system, you'll work on the most impactful problems across the organization.


  • Design, develop, and test automotive grade software destined for an ECU application running in an RTOS (Real Time Operating System) environment. This role requires the individual to successfully move up and down the stack, implementing MCU drivers, off-chip peripherals, and hardware-agnostic software stacks.
  • Be aware of the various performance trade-offs related to CPU time, memory usage, debuggability, and traceability when introducing new software.
  • Engage with multiple organizational stakeholders to solicit requirements and drive changes in our software stack.
  • Take an active role in leading the debugging of various features from various software organizations.
  • Drive future test strategy for our software to ensure every piece of code comes with strong regression suites and feature tests.


  • Bachelor or higher in a relevant field such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.
  • 3 or more years developing software for embedded products – not necessarily automotive.
  • 3 years of experience with an RTOS that includes an in-depth understanding of queues, semaphores, priority inversion, and task deadlines.
  • 3 years developing MCU drivers for peripherals such as SPI, I2C, ADC, and others.
  • 3 years developing embedded middleware (for example embedded filesystems or communication stacks).
  • Proficiency in debugging things at a hardware level using oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and hardware debuggers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Awareness of ISO 26262 Functional Safety and how it influences software design choices in an automotive environment.
  • Knowledge of automotive diagnostic protocols such as UDS and familiarity with serialization formats like protobuf.
  • Familiarity with automotive bus protocols such as CAN (Controller Area Network), LIN, and automotive Ethernet.

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range/Hourly Rate for California Based Applicants: $146,900 - $183,600 (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 candidateaccommodations@rivian.com.

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.

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