Software Engineer, Self-Driving Simulation

| Palo Alto, CA, USA
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Autopilot is of critical importance to Tesla's mission. It is safer, makes driving more enjoyable, and will ultimately deliver on the promise of self-driving cars. As a member of Tesla's Autopilot Simulation team, you will be in a unique position to accelerate the pace at which Autopilot improves over time. The main ways in which the simulation team realizes this is through building tools that enable Autopilot software developers to perform virtual test drives instead of real ones, testing all Autopilot software releases for regressive behavior and generating synthetic data sets for neural network training.

As an Autopilot Simulation Engineer, you will contribute to the development of the simulation by building models and simulation tools that are capable to virtually prototype the system for fast, iterative development and robust validation. Your responsibilities will be split between feature creation and tool development to allow for quicker workflow across the Autopilot team.


  • Contribute to the development of a modular, scalable simulation platform
  • Work with all members of the Autopilot team to understand the simulation requirements and develop tools to meet those needs
  • Keep up to date with the latest research/technologies in the fields of autonomous driving and simulation
  • Contribute to team member development through leadership


  • Excellent software development skills in C++ and Python
  • Experience developing and delivering applications/simulation tools in an engineering application
  • Experience of hardware-in-the-loop simulation
  • Strong mathematical skills including linear algebra and numerical methods
  • Comfortable with Linux & Git
  • Enthusiasm to take on new challenges and learn new skills
  • Experience working with Unreal Engine 5
  • Experience in modeling one or more of: vehicle dynamics, sensors, control systems, stochastic systems
  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Computer Science, Physics, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or proof of exceptional skills in related fields, with practical software engineering experience

Compensation and Benefits


Along with competitive pay, as a full-time Tesla employee, you are eligible for the following benefits at day 1 of hire:

  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans, both have options with a $0 paycheck contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Aetna medical plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k) with employer match, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company paid Basic Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick and Vacation time (Flex time for salary positions), and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Weight Loss and Tobacco Cessation Programs
  • Tesla Babies program
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program
    • Expected Compensation

      $104,000 - $360,000/annual salary + cash and stock awards + benefits

      Pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.

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3500 Deer Creek Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

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