Principal Team Lead - Controls, Vehicle Dynamics - Autonomous Vehicles

| San Francisco, CA, USA | Remote | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: 200,000-266,500 Annually
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Motional builds state-of-the-art fully autonomous vehicles. Building across software, hardware, vehicle, and cloud solutions for the car. The Drive-by-wire / Trajectory tracking and control team works on control algorithms deliver robust high performance to vehicle control of different vehicle platforms provided by OEMs, embedded controller hardware bring up, and safety features (system health monitoring, backup controls when failure happens, redundant system design) to meet ASIL-D standards for autonomous driving.

Role responsibilities:

  • Leads and continuously develops a high performing Controls team that demonstrates Motional’s core values
  • Deliver a 2023+ autonomous driving trajectory tracking system from design, prototyping, testing, deployment, to production.
  • Self motivation to generate new ideas, provide a vision for the team and our system.
  • Provide technical leadership to make consequential decisions on architectural direction, strategic investments, tactical execution and technical debt reduction.
  • Lead from a strong technical background in software engineering best practices.
  • Be a mentor, provide feedback (technical, professional) to team members, and work with project managers to roadmap and execute plans on schedule.
  • Apply practical and rigorous engineering methods.
  • Identify technical requirements, collaborating with partnering teams and drive completion of features and projects
  • Understand and explain trade-offs, complex concepts to peers and leaders to drive decisions.
  • Oversee the development and optimization of estimators to observe relevant vehicle states and disturbances.
  • Oversee the development of vehicle dynamics models 
  • Implement/review algorithms and code.

What we're looking for:

  •  Experience leading a team of 10+ Engineers in a value driven organization
  • 10+ years of experience implementing vehicle controllers, based on classical and modern control theory.
  • Experience bringing  a new product to commercial market
  • Thorough understanding of linear/non-linear control theory (MPC, LQR, PID, etc), kinematics, and mechanical system dynamics is preferred.
  • Experience in the design, implementation, and tuning of real-time trajectory tracking controllers for real time vehicle control.
  • Experience in vehicle control algorithms in an autonomous vehicle for on-road and simulation tests.
  • Experience with embedded C development
  • Experience with large codebase C++ development
  • Experience in implementing, using, debugging high-fidelity dynamical simulators
  • Experience with system identification and model development using ML methods.
  • Familiarity with the Autosar development environment
  • Familiarity with Vector tools e.g. CANalyzer / CANape / CANoe.
  • Familiarity with Automotive SPICE, MISRA C, ASIL-B&D and ISO26262 requirements.
  • Masters or PhD preferred in Robotics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related area or 5+ years industry experience in controls for automotive systems is preferred.

The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a wide range of compensation factors including but not limited to specific skills, experience and expertise, role location, certifications, licenses, and business needs. The estimated compensation range listed in this job posting reflects base salary only. This role may include additional forms of compensation such as a bonus or company equity. The recruiter assigned to this role can share more information about the specific compensation and benefit details associated with this role during the hiring process. 

Candidates for certain positions are eligible to participate in Motional’s benefits program. Motional’s benefits include but are not limited to medical, dental, vision, 401k with a company match, health saving accounts, life insurance, pet insurance, and more.

Salary Range

$200,000$266,500 USD

Motional is a driverless technology company making autonomous vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality. We’re driven by something more.

Our journey is always people first.

We aren't just developing driverless cars; we're creating safer roadways, more equitable transportation options, and making our communities better places to live, work, and connect. Our team is made up of engineers, researchers, innovators, dreamers and doers, who are creating a technology with the potential to transform the way we move.

Higher purpose, greater impact.

We’re creating first-of-its-kind technology that will transform transportation. To do so successfully, we must design for everyone in our cities and on our roads. We believe in building a great place to work through a progressive, global culture that is diverse, inclusive, and ensures people feel valued at every level of the organization. Diversity helps us to see the world differently; it’s not only good for our business, it’s the right thing to do.  

Scale up, not starting up.

Our team is behind some of the industry's largest leaps forward, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world's first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world's longest-standing public robotaxi fleet. We’re driven to scale; we’re moving towards commercialization of our technology, and we need team members who are ready to embrace change and challenges.

Formed as a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives. Headquartered in Boston, Motional has operations in the U.S and Asia. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Motional AD Inc. is an EOE. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To comply with Federal Law, we participate in E-Verify. All newly-hired employees are queried through this electronic system established by the DHS and the SSA to verify their identity and employment eligibility.

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