Senior/Staff Software Engineer - Motion Planning




Foster City, CA


Position summary


  • Create principled algorithmic improvements to specific areas of driving behavior and implement those changes in our code base.

  • Use our extensive backend tooling to test your changes across many different driving situations at the press of a button.

  • Lead on-vehicle drive reviews to generate actionable feedback on driving performance. Use this experience to help the team learn and make improvements.

  • Attend conferences and survey literature to stay informed on the most recent developments in the fields of Robotics and Motion Planning.

  • Write and file patents for novel technologies you develop.


  • Master's degree in Computer Science or related field and 8+ years of experience

  • Fluency in C++

  • Understanding of configuration spaces and a variety of planning techniques (A*, RRTs, PRMs, etc.)

  • Demonstrated ability to create real-time motion planning algorithms

Bonus Qualifications

  • Significant contributions to geometric- and/or sampling-based planning algorithms

  • Experience with autonomous robots and machine learning or data-driven development processes

  • Experience with ROS, pose estimation, SLAM, probabilistic filtering, 3D data, or CUDA


There are three major components to compensation for this position: salary, Amazon Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), and Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights. The salary will range from $221,000 to $319,000. A sign-on bonus may be part of a compensation package. Compensation will vary based on geographic location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Zoox also offers a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (e.g. sick leave, vacation, bereavement), unpaid time off, Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights, Amazon RSUs, health insurance, long-term care insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, and life insurance.

About Zoox

Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We're looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.

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A Final Note:

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.