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Exceptional People + Purpose Beyond Profit = Watershed Outcomes

Sr. Body Controls Engineer



Multiple locations
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 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

We are seeking a dedicated and innovative Body Controls Engineer to join our software development team. This role is integral to the development and integration of control systems for various vehicle functions, including closures, lighting, seating, and accessory devices. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in electrical or mechanical engineering, with a focus on automotive control systems.


  • Architect and develop control systems for various vehicle functions such as closures, lighting, seating, and accessory devices.
  • Review requirements and produce high-level functional specification designs to offer control solutions.
  • Create test cases and scripts to validate features in Unit test, Software-in-the-Loop (SIL) test, and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) test environments.
  • Conduct software testing on vehicles and contribute to feature calibration.
  • Support Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) for compliance with ISO 26262 standards across various features.
  • Collaborate with other controls engineers to enhance or create simulation models for analyzing, optimizing, and troubleshooting different aspects of the vehicle.
  • Work closely with the engineering team to ensure software robustness and seamless integration of new features.
  • Develop intuitive diagnostic interfaces for controllers to facilitate troubleshooting and maintenance.
  • Utilize a multidisciplinary approach to troubleshoot functional problems within our vehicles by addressing root causes across physical, electrical, and software domains.
  • Prioritize and escalate issues based on user impact and program objectives for prompt resolution.


  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering; Master's degree preferred
  • 3+ years of experience working with automotive control systems
  • Knowledgeable about control theory principles & algorithm design like compensator design and PID tuning.
  • Expertise in C/C++ programming languages as well as Python
  • Sound understanding of model-based design using Matlab/Simulink/Stateflow
  • Experience with Requirements Management System Eg: JAMA/Cameo
  • Experience with Task Management system Eg: JIRA
  • Experience with Source Control/Revision Control system. Eg: Git
  • Familiarity with failure analysis methodologies such as FMEA as well as fault trees
  • Proficiency in CAN/LIN/ETH tools like Vector CANalyzer, CANoe, CANape etc., along with an understanding of embedded hardware & software design
  • Demonstrated creativity in design work coupled with hands-on building abilities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% as required.

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range/Hourly Rate for California Based Applicants: $135,100-$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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