Embedded Systems Engineer - Robotics Prototyping at Zipline
As a member of the Embedded Systems team at Zipline, you will go deep in your area of ownership, becoming an expert in the problem domain, defining requirements for systems, rapidly developing creative and simple solutions, and proving with testing and data that the system meets the rigors and edge-cases of real-world deployment. Embedded systems engineers also contribute beyond their field--reviewing schematics, building user interfaces, designing hardware in the loop test systems, and more.
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. Doubling down on the reliability of our systems and inventing new robots is a critical path to delivering to our next billion customers--people whose lives will be meaningfully affected by smarter, more equitable access. We are deliberately expanding our embedded systems capabilities and adding to the ranks of our experienced team to achieve these goals.What You'll Do
- You’ll work hands-on prototyping novel delivery aircraft systems. Your team will be iterating rapidly to test ideas around aerodynamics, controls, and delivery for our next generation aircraft.
- You’ll develop software to run missions, interface with sensors and actuators, compute trajectories, profile mechanical systems, control dynamic systems, and more.
- You’ll test your software on real aircraft at our secret test site, and work alongside mechanical and control systems engineers to identify and fix problems in a cross-disciplinary setting.
- You’ll use and modify custom simulation tools to design and de-risk flight test plans ahead of time.
- You will be mentored by a world-class embedded systems engineer committed to your learning and growth
We think this game will be a fun but unbiased, execution-focused (vs resume-focused) way of seeing if we're all a match for each other. Please complete this challenge to apply: https://flyzipline.app.box.com/s/scnx6p86h1a6oevuqnpgdlyux8f1cp7z
See here for a sneak peak at what the game looks like:
(you can fly a drone, drop packages, recover the aircraft, etc.!)
What else are we looking for?:
- You've designed, built and deployed electromechanical systems and robots way outside the classroom. Previous hires have built submarines, solar cars in the Australian outback, electric boats, rockets, etc.
- You’re comfortable working in C, C++, and Python, and have developed software for a real time operating system or embedded linux.
- You have a basic understanding of kinematics and dynamics, and can use matrices to work with rotations, transformations, and trajectories.
- You can work independently taking ownership of projects with ambiguous requirements.
- Bonus: Experience with the Robot Operating System (ROS), Docker and/or Julia.
Reminder to complete the challenge here and submit a link to your solution to apply:
NOTE: Applications that do not include a solution to this challenge will not be considered. This is separate request from the link to your own projects.
Please be sure to:
- Download the zip sim
- Write the relevant code
- Zip your solution and up load it to a publicly available URL or Google drive (be sure to change sharing permissions to "Anyone on the internet with this link can view")
- Then submit the link to it in the last field in the application below.
If you encounter any issues accessing the challenge, please reach out to [email protected]What Else You Need to Know