Embedded Systems Engineer - Perception at Zipline

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About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline uses drones to deliver critical and lifesaving medicine to thousands of hospitals serving millions of people in multiple countries. Our mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. Join Zipline and help us make this a reality for billions of people.

About You and The Role

Does using computer vision to locate and deliver to millions of patients excite you? Do you wield your favorite programming language to slay problems from kernel bugs to false positives? Do you look at real-time, safety-critical systems, immediately expose potential weaknesses, and then open a pull request that fixes the problem? At Zipline our work is intended for the field. Patients are counting on it today--there is no time for aiming low or for coming up short. 

Zipline was founded by engineers dedicated to making the world a better place. We are scaling around the world and are looking for a talented embedded systems engineer to join our already exceptional team. You will build state-of-the-art perception systems, develop elegant solutions to complex problems, and improve the reach of a platform that already helps save lives every day. 

Engineers come into the office as needed during the pandemic. As public health restrictions are lifted, we are excited to collaborate and innovate together in-person at our office in South San Francisco!

Zipline designs and operates the world’s largest drone delivery service providing access to critical medical supplies. Leading the way in drone delivery often means exceeding the capabilities of what’s available off the shelf, and as a result we are engineering the majority of our system in-house. Inventing new robots and doubling down on the reliability of our systems is the critical path to delivering to our next billion customers--people whose lives will be meaningfully affected by smarter, more equitable access. Zipliners are forces of nature: We have been able to achieve things that most believe to be impossible.

What You'll Do

  • Build high-performance, real-time, safety-critical embedded software systems from kernel to neural network
  • Work across team boundaries to build efficient solutions to challenging perception problems
  • Continuously improve development and test tools and processes so our systems get better rapidly and never regress
  • Hold a high bar for technical quality through code review and process, creating a maintainable code base over time
  • Support the design of electromechanical systems through component selection, design trades, and experiments

What You'll Bring

  • Strong skills in embedded software. We write Rust and C++ on Embedded Linux, and we work with hardware from i2c to GPUs. We train networks and analyze data with industry-standard Python tools.
  • A passion for optimization and using hardware accelerators to scratch out every ounce of performance that your silicon can offer
  • War stories from building distributed systems where any component could fail at any time--without compromising performance
  • Experience deploying computer vision in the real world--and in turn, learning from every “experience” your vehicle encounters
  • The ability to write highly-reliable software: real-time, safety-critical, autonomous systems deployed at massive scale
  • The bravery required to dive deep into every problem and find simple solutions which stand the test of time, whether they involve the schematic or the code
  • Ability to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area, or travel on a monthly basis to spend time with the team in person

The ideal candidate may not have all of the skills and experience listed above. If any of these apply, you might be a good fit!

What Else You Need To Know

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or our own sensibilities.

We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

If you’d like to learn more about Zipline and our teams, feel free to check out our Instagram, one of our Reddit AMA’s, or our website!
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Technology we use

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    • ReactLibraries
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    • DjangoFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
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Location

South San Francisco, CA 94080

What are Zipline Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We pretty regularly participate in and host school and community events for STEM and technology. Our teams in Rwanda participate in Umuganda (community volunteering) every month.
Partners with Nonprofits
We work with groups like Black Girls Code, Drone Legends, and Women & Drones to inspire young kids and get their wheels turning about robots from a young age.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We're a pretty quirky bunch, and it's not rare to find our team doing things like having a mechanical boat race on the bay, DJing at our holidays parties, & going to comedy events together.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Zipline has a compensation philosophy centered around both cash & equity.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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