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Sr. Staff Software Engineer - Deep Learning

Innovation. Sophistication. Optimization. This is our Passion.
Worldwide, the Volkswagen Group has a long tradition of dramatic innovations. The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ?KODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN.
Here in the US, we are blending German engineering with American ingenuity. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) is becoming the epicenter of vehicle electronics expertise in North America. The ERL team of engineers works with researchers and development teams in the US, Germany and across the globe. Our mission is to develop innovations and technologies for future generations of cars, and to transfer technologies from many industries into the automotive domain.
Role Summary
This is a senior level role, responsible for the research and development of sensor-aided navigation software that estimates the vehicle ego state parameters (position, velocity, attitude, etc.) as well as sensor calibration (sensors' intrinsic and extrinsic parameters). Because of the knowledge required in sensor measurements (Inertial Measurement Unit, Global Positioning System, camera, LIDAR, RADAR, and SONAR) a strong background in math, physics, and statistics is required. This role utilizes Kalman filter understanding, covariance analysis experience, and knowledge of state-of-the-art algorithms such as visual inertial odometry and SLAM. This position is involved in all software development life cycle project activities (analysis, preliminary and detailed software design, code, test, verification, documentation, and product release) under limited supervision. This role also investigates and develops solutions to complex and advanced technical problems by applying advanced engineering theories, methods, and research techniques. Additionally, this role provides technical guidance and mentorship for engineers.
Role Responsibilities
Development ? (95%)
Defines, programs, and implements software modules for Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Driving Systems.
Develops vehicle perception, visual localization, image processing, computer vision, and sensor data fusion modules for the Group.
Coordinates development of autonomous driving software between engineers at the ERL and Germany.
Transfers technologies and solutions to Volkswagen Group Development divisions.
Mentors junior engineers on best practices and the current state of the art in the fields
Reviews developed code modules and test results; provides final approval of technical functionality.
Provides feedback on conducted tests and code to guide team towards quality.
Identifies new technologies that can be brought into the Group to provide new innovations.
Researches new algorithms and frameworks to drive the state of the art of vehicle perception and localization.
Develops technical specifications and documentation.
Networking and Administration ? (5%)
Represents Volkswagen Group in technical community, such as at conferences.
Other duties as needed.
Years of Experience
5-8 years
Education Required
Master of Science Degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, or related field
Education Desired
PhD in an Engineering, Computer Science, or related field
Specialized Skills, Knowledge or Certifications Required
Strong Software programming skills (C/C )
Kalman filter understanding, covariance analysis experience, and knowledge of state-of-the-art algorithms such as visual inertial odometry and SLAM
Strong background in Computer Science, EE or Math
Over five years of experience with an emphasis on highly advanced engineering; or, a doctorate degree with a focus in navigation
Knowledge of sensor measurements: Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), Global Positioning System (GPS), camera, LIDAR, RADAR, and SONAR
Specialized Skills, Knowledge or Certifications Desired
Proven experience working in interdisciplinary and inter-organizational teams, from conception to completion
Background or strong interest in automotive engineering
Experience with CUDA, OpenCV and Matlab
Ability to write technical papers or internal whitepapers
Work Flexibility
International travel ? (5% )
We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.
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