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Innovation. Sophistication. Optimization. This is our passion.

Worldwide, the Volkswagen Group has a long tradition of dramatic innovations. The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. 

Here in the US, we are blending German engineering with American ingenuity. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) is becoming the epicenter of vehicle electronics expertise in North America. The ERL team of engineers works with researchers and development teams in the US, Germany and across the globe. Our mission is to develop innovations and technologies for future generations of cars, and to transfer technologies from many industries into the automotive domain.



Deep Learning Engineer - Autonomous Driving, sR. staff

Self-driving cars are the next major shift in human mobility – the impact of this technology will be as great as the invention of the automobile or airplanes. This is your chance to shape this trend!

The Volkswagen ERL is the VW Groups presence in the Silicon Valley. We work closely with the Audi, Porsche and VW. We have a rich history in autonomous driving. We are pioneers in this space – way back in 2007, in collaboration with Stanford we won the DARPA Challenge. Currently we work on research topics around applying deep learning and computer vision. We are also working on Traffic Jam Pilot, which in 2018 will be the first commercially available autonomous car (at Level 3).

Level 4/Level 5 autonomy however requires another leap in technology, which we believe, will be inspired by the human brain. This position will apply deep learning to the autonomous vehicle problem. This requires applying these techniques to problems in perception, segmentation, decision making and action. This is more than a purely academic role – we do not just need to solve individual problems in isolation but also think about how these various aspects will come together in a system and eventually, a product. We need to think about how such a system can be tested and how we will prove safety. You will be able to partner with researchers in top universities to understand the state of the art. The work that you do will run on servers as well as in real cars.

Responsibilities

  • Create modules that solve perception, segmentation, decision making and action problems
  • Integrate modules to form an autonomous driving system
  • Write embedded and server side code that performs machine learning
  • Write embedded and server side infrastructure code
  • Collect and pre-process data – will require driving
  • Integrate and test algorithms in real car – will require working with the workshop

Experience

  • 8+ years in machine learning, 2+ years in deep learning

Education

  • Bachelors of Science in Computer Science or related

Skills

  • Strong programming skills, strong IT background
  • Strong programming skills, strong IT background
  • Deep Learning – experience with CNNs, RNN, LSTMs and the latest research trends
  • Machine Learning – strong fundamentals in machine learning
  • Programming – Python, C++
  • Shipped one or more machine learning based products
  • Experience with data gathering, data quality, system architecture, coding best practices

Work Flexibility

  • 5% business travel: local and international

For more information, you can contact us at erl-careers@vw.com


Senior Big Data ENGINEER

At the Volkswagen Electronics Research Library (VWERL), this hands-on position is responsible for helping to design and develop cutting-edge big data systems to enable the VW Group to better understand and serve our customers. This position will engage in an international engineering collaboration with the teams developing global-scale infrastructure supporting acquisition, analysis, and machine learning using data coming from future vehicle releases of the VW Group (including brands such as Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, etc.). Products impacted by this role range from customer insights informing new services to the most advanced autonomous driving systems in the industry.

Responsibilities

  • Help design and implement key components for highly scalable, distributed data collection and analysis system built for handling petabytes of data in the cloud
  • Analyze and support requirements from machine learning specialists, focusing on the most important topics in the rapidly evolving automotive industry
  • Help move architecture and implementation through the automotive development pipeline, from research to deployment in millions of cars on the road
  • Work with engineers from other divisions contributing to this analytic system, contributing to best practices in backend infrastructure and distributed computing topics

Experience

  • Hands-on development with key technologies including Scala, Spark, and other relevant distributed computing languages, frameworks, and libraries
  • Experience with distributed databases, such as Cassandra, and familiarity with the key issues affecting their performance and reliability
  • Experience using high-throughput, distributed message queuing systems such as Kafka
  • Familiarity with operational technologies, including Docker (required), Chef, Puppet, ZooKeeper, Terraform, and Ansible (preferred)
  • Experience with the SMACK stack (Spark, Mesos, Akka, Cassandra, Kafka) as a holistic system, and the important considerations for running this system at scale
  • Overall, 3+ years of industry experience developing backend components with a recent focus on big data systems

Education

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent required

Skills

  • An ability to periodically deploy systems to cloud environments such as AWS
  • Mastery of key development tools such as GIT, and familiarity with collaboration tools such as Jira and Confluence or similar tools
  • Understanding of developing machine/deep learning systems in a distributed environment
  • Conventional backend development skills with Java and common frameworks (Spring, Play)

For more information, you can contact us at erl-careers@vw.com


Big Data DEv-ops ENGINEER

At the Volkswagen Electronics Research Library (VWERL), this hands-on position is responsible for helping to design, develop, deploy, and maintain cutting-edge big data systems to enable the VW Group to better understand and serve our customers. This position will work with local and international colleagues developing global-scale infrastructure supporting acquisition,
analysis, and machine learning using data coming from future vehicle releases of the VW Group (including brands such as Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, etc.). Products impacted by this role range from customer insights informing new services to the most advanced autonomous driving systems in the industry.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the DevOps efforts for a petabyte-scale data collection and machine learning infrastructure project that will power future intelligent driving systems.
  • Update, deploy, and monitor systems developed by the team, proactively looking for opportunities to improve performance, reliability, and automation.
  • Help move implementation through automotive industry development phases, from research to deployment supporting millions of cars on the road.
  • Analyze and support DevOps requirements from infrastructure developers and machine learning specialists, focusing on the most important topics in the rapidly evolving automotive industry.
  • Oversee day-to-day usage and provisioning of cloud resources, both in terms of fixed resource needs, as well as helping build systems for dynamic scaling based on project needs.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Experience with key DevOps technologies including Docker, as well as DevOps experience in AWS, including CloudFormation.
  • Broad skills and experience in deploying, debugging, and managing systems in cloud environments such as AWS.
  • Ability to build and maintain continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) systems for complex, distributed applications, using tools like Jenkins.
  • Experience diagnosing and debugging applications in complex, distributed, heterogeneous computing environments.
  • Mastery of key development tools such as GIT, and familiarity with collaboration tools such as Jira and Confluence or similar tools.
  • Overall, 4+ years of industry experience developing backend components and handling DevOps functions for complex systems
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent required.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Familiarity with AWS CodePipeline, AWS CodeDeploy, and AWS CodeCommit CI/CD
    services.

For more information, you can contact us at erl-careers@vw.com


Senior UX Engineer

This is an engineering level position in the Advanced Systems Development Team dedicated to Audi electronics development. It includes design, development, optimization, and integration, of user interfaces for infotainment, driver assistance, and autonomous driving systems. Interfaces will be a combination of touch, e.g. touch screen or touchpad, and haptic, e.g. steering wheel controls.

Responsibilities

  • Design user interfaces and dialog systems.
  • Create sample artwork for designs
  • Collaboration with partner companies
  • Development of technical specifications and documentation

Experience

  • Minimum 5+ years of related experience
  • Experience in creating UX wireframes, storyboards, and process flows
  • Experience with 3D design tools, e.g. Maya, 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Kanzi Studio, NVidia UI Composer, etc
  • Experience in designing interactive dialogs for both speech- and non-speech-based systems

Skills

  • Strong knowledge of user interface design
  • Good artwork skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Good artwork and visual design skills
  • Proficiency in Visio, Illustrator, or similar layout tools
  • Photoshop or similar experience helpful.
  • Ability to write HTML, CSS, JavaScript for prototyping UX ideas
  • Experience in automotive user interface design
  • Experience with gesture-based user interface design

Work Flexibility

  • Some international travel possible

For more information, you can contact us at erl-careers@vw.com


Senior software Engineer - back end

This position will be responsible for creating cutting edge software and distributed computing infrastructure to bring new connected functionality to the automotive market. The role will include architecture and algorithm design to connect vehicle data to highly-scalable services and cloud infrastructure. 

The position will evolve prototype implementations and interfaces to enable future connected vehicle applications, potentially developing system requirements and specifications that will influence future production systems.

Responsibilities

  • Investigate and develop technical concepts and solutions for a new generation of services linking vehicles to the cloud.
  • Design, develop, maintain, and evaluate network services and distributed systems, with particular attention to RESTful interfaces and microservice architectures as well as big data ingestion, storage, and analysis.
  • Support modular and scalable development of a range of machine learning use-cases that provide valuable insights for the business and improve our customer experience.

Experience

  • 5-7 years

Education

  • Bachelors of Science in Computer Science or related

Skills

  • Strong programming skills, strong IT background
  • Experience designing, implementing, and maintaining RESTful services
  • Experience with optimal integration of internal/proprietary, third party, and open source technologies to solve complex problems in a customer-centric manner
  • Proficiency in Linux
  • Familiar with the design & analysis of computer algorithms and data structures
  • Experience monitoring per-component and whole-system performance, with ability to analyze and troubleshoot performance bottlenecks and issues
  • Advanced knowledge of networking and distributed systems

Work Flexibility

  • 5% business travel a year overseas

For more information, you can contact us at erl-careers@vw.com


Senior Intelligent systems engineer

This position will be responsible for championing a compelling story of innovation across VW Group, and to inspire main stakeholders within the organization. Create and lead the process for selecting, testing, and tracking top ideas for technical experimentation and implementation. Technical program lead creating mobility products and roadmaps. Lead multiple cross disciplined project teams to develop and implement innovative ideas in the areas of Infotainment and connected vehicles concepts. Partner with external companies within Silicon Valley. Document and summarize project progress for Top Management reports. Serve as a communication link between VW , Audi and Porsche R&D Germany .

You have the flexibility to learn new things, try new technology, seek opportunities to grow, mentor & be mentored, & participate in the Innovation Thinking process of the ERL.

Responsibilities

  • Design, develop and identify new technology for Smart Mobility concepts and features on Navigation, Maps and or speech technology
  • Define technical requirements for in-vehicle features.
  • Tracking ideas and their impact, and infusing the outcomes of proof of concepts into real products.
  • Partnership with external companies in Silicon Valley to bring disruptive technology and influence existing Project Portfolio.
  • Identify new features for future vehicle models and conduct competitor benchmarks.
  • Manage Project related operations such as:  Purchasing orders, documentation, logistics for national or international technology events, coordination of related workshops with main stakeholders and potential companies.
  • Capture of intellectual property.

Experience

  • +5 years of experience on design, development and experimentation of Intelligent Systems for Automotive application or similar products with feature like: Navigation, Speech recognition, Connected Car or similar technology.

  • +5 years of exceptional technical project management and organization skills to handle multiple projects and initiatives, tracking ideas and their impact, and infusing the outcomes of proof of concepts into real products.

  • +3 years proactively establishes partnership with external companies in Silicon Valley to bring disruptive technology and influence existing Project Portfolio.

Education

  • Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, EE, ME, Engineering or equivalent

Skills

  • Excellent communication skills – interpersonal, presentation and written.
  • Good technical evaluation skills.
  • Experience working in a dynamic multi-disciplined engineering environment, strong at multi-tasking.
  • Drive project definition, resource management, milestones and timelines.
  • Work cross-functionally to ensure necessary project support and prioritization.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills required.
  • Ability to understand and extract action plans from complex and technical discussions.
  • Experience on design, development and experimentation of Intelligent Systems for Automotive i.e : Navigation, Speech recognition, Connected Car. Mobility Service or similar technology.
  • Technical architectural knowledge of automotive infotainment systems or similar products.
  • Customer centric approach to develop meaningful products.
  • Experience on algorithms in the domain of navigation, mobility services, speech, Internet of Things or similar technology.
  • Understands the value of communications to a complex global organization and consistently finds ways to maximize effectiveness of key messages.
  • Exceptional technical project management and organization skills to handle multiple projects and initiatives, tracking ideas and their impact, and infusing the outcomes of proof of concepts into real products.
  • Experience with Agile or similar methodologies.
  • Strong initiative and excellent team and conflict resolutions skills.
  • Proficient in project management tools such as JIRA, Confluence, or similar.

Work Flexibility

  • Readiness for international business trips to visit Audi AG, Volkswagen AG, Porsche AG
  • Flexibility to travel within US, Europe and Japan

For more information, you can contact us at erl-careers@vw.com


Senior Technical writer

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) represents the Volkswagen Group in applied research and development. Our mission is to develop innovations and technologies for future generations of cars, and to transfer technologies from many industries and research institutions into the automotive domain.

At the Volkswagen Group Electronics Research Laboratory (VWERL), this role will be responsible for partnering with engineering and product management to develop product documentation such as install / user guides, data sheets, FAQ / troubleshooting guides, slide decks, and more:

  • Working with engineering, product management and other teams to understand the product,
  • technical ecosystem it resides within, and customers / use cases.
  • Ensuring consistency of content / messaging and look / feel within all customer
  • documentation.
  • Reviewing and helping to craft white papers, competitive intel, blogs, etc.
  • Assist the engineering staff with design and architecture documentation.

Responsibilities

  • Plan, develop, organize, write, and edit proposal content, operational procedures, and manuals.
  • Work with internal teams to obtain an in-depth understanding of the product and documentation requirements.
  • Determine the needs of end users of technical documentation.
  • Produce high-quality documentation that meets applicable standards.
  • Research, develop, and document technical designs and content.
  • Maintain a comprehensive library of technical terminology and documentation.
  • Analyze documents to maintain continuity of style of content.
  • Define documentation pipeline, including tools for editing, maintaining, and publishing all content in appropriate formats.
  • Manage updates and revisions to technical literature.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Proven working experience in technical writing.
  • Experience documenting end-user software tools, applications, APIs, and overall systems for a very technical user.
  • Ability to quickly grasp complex technical concepts and make them easily understandable.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Able to write in explanatory and procedural styles for multiple audiences.
  • Experience with standard tools used in documentation process.
  • Understanding of the software development life cycle.
  • Skilled at prioritization.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience with distributed computing concepts.
  • Experience/understanding of basic machine learning systems.
  • BA/BS degree preferred.
  • 5+ yrs experience preferred.

For more information, you can contact us at erl-careers@vw.com


Fullstack Developer

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) represents the Volkswagen Group in applied research and development. Our mission is to develop innovations and technologies for future generations of cars, and to transfer technologies from many industries and research institutions into the automotive domain.

This position will be responsible for creating cutting edge software infrastructure to bring new connected functionality and interfaces to the automotive market. The role will include architecture and algorithm design to create connected in-vehicle applications.

The position will develop prototype implementations and interfaces to enable future connected vehicle applications, potentially developing system requirements and specifications that will influence future production systems.

Responsibilities

  • Investigate and develop technical concepts and solutions for new generation of services linking vehicles to the cloud and mobile devices.
  • Develop flexible, performant, and polished web content, utilizing latest development paradigms while collaborating closely with UX/UI designers.
  • Designing, developing, and maintaining network services and distributed systems, with particular attention to RESTful interfaces, microservice architectures, and potential for scalability.
  • Out-of-the-box thinking by adding to the existing connected vehicle ecosystem.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Experience with developing web front-ends focusing on modular and maintainable systems with high performance.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and maintaining RESTful services.
  • Experience with optimal integration of internal/proprietary, third party, and open source technologies to solve complex problems in a customer-centric manner.
  • Proficiency in Linux.
  • Familiar with key development and collaboration tools (git, Jira, Confluence etc.).
  • Familiar with the design & analysis of computer algorithms and data structures.
  • Advanced knowledge of networking and distributed systems.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience with common back-end frameworks such as Spring, Play, etc. and associated software development paradigms.
  • Experience with common front-end frameworks and technologies such as AngularJS, React, HTML5, CSS3 (and CSS preprocessors), responsive design, etc. and associated software development paradigms.
  • Basic knowledge of SQL/ORM as well as NoSQL principles and practices.
  • Familiar with development and deployment on cloud systems such as AWS (using DynamoDB, ElastiCache, etc.).
  • Experience in implementing microservices and back-end architectures in highly modular deployments.
  • Experience managing streaming and heavyweight data in an efficient and scalable way.
  • Experience in a collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Familiarity with mobile development on Android and iOS.
  • 5+ yrs experience preferred.

For more information, you can contact us at erl-careers@vw.com


Backend Fullstack Developer

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) represents the Volkswagen Group in applied research and development. Our mission is to develop innovations and technologies for future generations of cars, and to transfer technologies from many industries and research institutions into the automotive domain.

This position will be responsible for creating cutting edge software infrastructure to bring new connected functionality and interfaces to the automotive market. The role will include architecture and algorithm design to create connected in-vehicle applications.

The position will develop prototype implementations and interfaces to enable future connected vehicle applications, potentially developing system requirements and specifications that will influence future production systems.

Responsibilities

  • Investigate and develop technical concepts and solutions for new generation of services linking vehicles to the cloud.
  • Designing, developing, and maintaining network services and distributed systems, with particular attention to RESTful interfaces, microservice architectures, and potential for scalability.
  • Out-of-the-box thinking by adding to the existing infotainment ecosystem.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Experience designing, implementing, and maintaining RESTful services.
  • Experience with common back-end frameworks such as Spring, Play, etc. and associated software development paradigms.
  • Basic knowledge of SQL/ORM as well as NoSQL principles and practices.
  • Familiar with development and deployment on cloud systems such as AWS (using DynamoDB, ElastiCache, etc.).
  • Experience with optimal integration of internal/proprietary, third party, and open source technologies to solve complex problems in a customer-centric manner.
  • Proficiency in Linux.
  • Familiarity with development tools (git, Jira, Confluence etc.).
  • Familiar with the design & analysis of computer algorithms and data structures.
  • Advanced knowledge of networking and distributed systems.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience with developing web front-ends focusing on modular and maintainable systems with high performance.
  • Experience with common front-end frameworks and technologies such as AngularJS, React, HTML5, CSS3 (and CSS preprocessors), JQuery, responsive design, etc. and associated software development paradigms.
  • Experience in implementing microservices and back-end architectures in highly modular deployments.
  • Experience in a collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Familiarity with mobile development on Android and iOS.
  • 5+ yrs experience.

For more information, you can contact us at erl-careers@vw.com


Senior mobile developer

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) represents the Volkswagen Group in applied research and development. Our mission is to develop innovations and technologies for future generations of cars, and to transfer technologies from many industries and research institutions into the automotive domain.

This position will be responsible for creating cutting edge mobile application software to bring new connected functionality and interfaces to the automotive market. The role will also include architecture and algorithm design to create mobile and embedded systems that work with internal and 3rd party ecosystems oriented toward creating the best possible customer
experiences.

The position will evolve prototype implementations and interfaces to enable future applications
to power new mobility scenarios, potentially developing system requirements and specifications
that will influence future production systems.

Responsibilities

  • Investigate and develop technical concepts and solutions for a new generation of experiences based on state-of-the art mobile development methodologies.
  • Design, develop, and maintain mobile applications and related systems to best represent project goals while targeting re-usability and transferability of the technologies created.
  • Out-of-the-box thinking by adding to the existing automotive software ecosystem.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Android Development:
    • Mobile application development experience on Android, including shipping applications in the Google Play Store, ideally to a large user-base.
    • Deep knowledge of Android development tools and paradigms, including Android Studio, Gradle, user interface layout, fragment usage, intents, services, and general lifecycle management.
    • Strong skills developing with Java, including familiarity with new language features, knowledge of object-oriented design patterns, and how to most optimally apply Java in Android environments.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of Android platform SDKs as well as commonly applied 3rd party
      and open source libraries.
  • Experience creating clients for REST APIs and understanding of best-practices for interacting with remote services. This includes familiarity with handling JSON data.
  • A general end-to-end understanding of modern connected application architectures and implementations, including issues that arise in backends and embedded contexts, especially focusing on robustness and performance of the holistic system.
  • Experience supporting application designers, and providing a productive pipeline for content creators from early design phases through integration of production assets and interactions.
  • Experience with evaluation and integration of internal, third party, and open source technologies to solve complex problems in a customer-centric manner.
  • Familiarity with common development tools (git, GNU Make, Jira, Confluence, etc.) and working with common development methodologies (Agile, Scrum, etc.).
  • Familiarity with the design & analysis of computer algorithms and data structures.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Android Development:
    • An understanding of and experience with customizing Android system images.
    • Familiarity with Android Auto app development and the Android Automotive environment and associated APIs.
    • Experience with Android development using Kotlin, including interoperability with existing Android Java code.
  • iOS Development:
    • Familiarity with tools and paradigms for iOS application development, including Xcode, Swift and Objective-C.
    • Experience with creating and maintaining user interfaces, both through code and through storyboards.
    • Familiarity with iOS lifecycle, background processing categories, and GCD mechanisms/quirks.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of iOS platform SDKs.
  • Knowledge of user interface and user experience design best-practices and an ability to work and communicate with designers in their preferred styles.
  • Experience with developing web front-ends focusing on modular and maintainable systems with high performance.
  • Experience in implementing REST services including microservices and back-end architectures in highly modular deployments.
  • Experience in a collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of networking and distributed systems.
  • Experience 5+ years

For more information, you can contact us at erl-careers@vw.com


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