Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Staff Software Engineer, Pose, Autonomy



Software Engineering
Palo Alto, CA, USA · United States
Posted on Friday, April 26, 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

Our Pose Team is a diverse group of algorithm developers / software engineers focused on delivering mapping, localization, and calibration solutions hosted on the vehicle and in the Cloud. Pose is a core capability of the autonomy stack delivering products to Perception, Prediction, Planning, Control, and others. As a Software Engineer on the Pose team, you will work on and provide technical leadership for a wide variety of localization and calibration problems including real-time algorithm development on the vehicle.


  • Algorithm development with a focus on estimating precise vehicle pose and localization, and on calibration of sensors for pose and perception.
  • Processing and fusing input data from multiple sensors including GNSS, IMU, wheel / radar / visual odometry to produce state-of-the-art global and relative localization systems.
  • Implementing these algorithms in C++ and analyzing performance and KPIs using Python.
  • Integrating these algorithms into our autonomous vehicle architecture, including migrating these algorithms to a real-time embedded system, and integrity monitoring.
  • Technical leadership of small teams involved in these activities.


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Aerospace, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • 3+ years of robotics, AV (Autonomous Vehicle), or other real-time, safety-critical experience.
  • Research and development experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Stochastic estimation/Kalman filtering
  • SLAM / Factor Graphs
  • Sensor fusion
  • Sensor calibration
  • Autonomous Vehicles/ADAS
  • Strong C/C++ programming skills and experience, including demonstrating, promoting and mentoring best software engineering practices
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced development environment
  • Good team player with great communication and leadership skills
  • Passionately motivated to take ideas from R&D phase to a product

Preferred Qualifications

  • Sensor fusion / SLAM with IMU and/or Odometry
  • Non-linear optimization, batch estimation, factor graphs, ground truth algorithms
  • Strong software engineering skills and experience
  • Adapting algorithms for real world use cases, considering corner cases, using imperfect data
  • Embedded software development and optimization experience
  • Software development for safety critical systems (ISO 26262)
  • Experience with IMU, camera, LiDAR, radar, computer vision

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range for California Based Applicants: $228,000.00 - $285,000.00 (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.

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