Current Openings

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.



Backend Fullstack Developer

(Long-term, multi-year contract)

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

  • 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.)

  • 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

  • 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

  • Experience with common back-end frameworks such as Spring, Play, etc. and associated software development paradigms

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Familiarity with mobile development on Android and iOS

  • 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

  • 5+ yrs experience

For more information, you can contact us at Coleen.Kane@vw.com


Fullstack Developer

(long-term, multi-year contract)

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 Coleen.Kane@vw.com


online services Functional owner - AUTOMOTIVE

(LONG-TERM, MULTI YEAR CONTRACT)

This position is part of a team that focuses on the series development of embedded, backend, and frontend software systems with particular relevance to the US and Canadian markets. People most suited for this positions are able to derive technical systems from market-driven ideas, assertively work with suppliers building trust and finding common ground solutions, and work well in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Travel is estimated to be 10-15% (Domestic and International)

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

  • Conception, definition, and integration of online services E2E

  • Collection of requirements, plausibility, and risk analysis

  • Collaboration with other functional owners and stakeholders

  • Manage the specification, development, and integration of API requirements between backend systems (e.g. SOAP, REST, HTML, MQTT)

  • Issue analysis and lifecycle management

  • Risk management

  • Planning of online services lifecycles, including post-SOP support

  • Contribute to the management of variant, quality, and change management

  • Integration of services packages in vehicle projects and securing the deployment in production environment

Required Skills and Experience

  • Systems/software engineering background

  • Relevant experience with end-to-end/cloud-based teams and their applications

  • System-level thinking

  • Requirements analysis, definition, and implementation

  • Ability to interpret high-level requirements and derive detailed specifications

  • Ability to translate business cases and user stories into technical requirements

  • Integration of E2E Systems: vehicle, backend, and frontend

  • Change management experience

  • Issue and risk management

  • Prior experience in Agile/Scrum environment

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Motivated team player, with positive attitude and strong work ethic

  • 2+ years experience in software/systems development, preferably in telematics/online services projects

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience working in diverse and international environments

  • Hands-on embedded and integrated automotive systems experience

  • Understanding of common backend API technologies

  • Passion for cars and car electronics

  • German language skills

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in CS preferred

For more information, you can contact us at Coleen.Kane@vw.com


Senior Big Data ENGINEER

(Full-Time and Multi-Year Contract opportunities)

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

Required Skills and Experience

  • 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)

  • 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

For more information, you can contact us at Coleen.Kane@vw.com


Senior Big Data devops engineer

(full-time, direct hire opportunity)

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. 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

  • 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 working with cloud technologies 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

  • Hands-on development with relevant distributed computing languages, frameworks, and libraries

  • Experience with highly-scalable and distributed databases and the key issues affecting their performance and reliability

  • Experience or understanding of developing machine/deep learning systems in a distributed

    environment

  • Conventional backend development experience with Java and common frameworks (Spring, Play)

For more information, you can contact us at Coleen.Kane@vw.com


Senior infotainment engineer

(Long-term, multi-year contract)

This open position is part of a team that focuses on the series development support of electronic systems with a particular relevance to the US and Canadian markets. People most suited for this position are able to derive technical systems from market-driven ideas, assertively work with supplier building trust and finding common ground solutions, and work well in a multi-disciplined environment.

Travel is estimated to be 15-20%

Responsibilities

  • Navigation function test engineer for future brand infotainment platforms

  • Regular interaction with international partners (internal and external)

  • Partner with VW Group development department for test, launch and series support of electronic car systems

  • Work with suppliers of automobile and testing electronics hardware and software

  • Advocate product improvement ideas

  • Identify and highlight to stakeholders new technology/trends that would advance the field

  • System and concept validation

  • Create and update test procedures, plans, and routes in order to efficiently perform laboratory and test drives with a focus on North American market specifications

  • Test execution and coordination - lab and field tests

  • Communicate test contents and results to VW Group using advanced equipment and standardized systems for error reporting, prepare regular project status reports

  • Establish and maintain an error reporting database, be aware of objective quality results and strive to improve future infotainment products

  • Error and Bug-Fix verification

  • Electronics test base in US for VW Group

  • Ensure functionality of test setups (systems and vehicles), maintain and operate infotainment test-bench systems

  • Prepare vehicles for test drives

  • Build-up, package, and integrate new prototypes into cars

  • System and error analysis

  • Pre-analyze system behavior in error situations

  • Derive reproducibility

  • Cluster and categorize error patterns

  • Use testing, logging and analysis tools

Required Skills and Experience

  • Embedded and integrated automotive systems, system level thinking

  • Knowledge of automotive navigation systems including routing, map database/handling, POI's, HMI

  • Ability to interpret technical specifications

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Motivated team player, with positive attitude and strong work ethic

  • Experience 5+ years

  • Automotive electronics knowledge (4-5 years exp.)

  • Navigation functions test experience (3 years) either with OEM or Tier 1 supplier

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (BSCS preferred)

For more information, you can contact us at Coleen.Kane@vw.com


Senior Navigation Systems Engineer

(Long term, multi-year contract)

This open position is part of a team that focuses on the series development support of electronic/electronic systems with particular relevance to the US and Canadian markets. People most suited for this position are able to derive technical systems from market-driven ideas, assertively work with suppliers building trust and finding common ground solutions, and work well in a multi-disciplined environment.

Travel is estimated to be 15-20%

Responsibilities

  • Navigation function test engineer for future Audi brand infotainment platforms

  • Regular Interaction with international partners (internal and external)

  • Partner with VW Group development department for test, launch and series support of electronic car systems

  • Work with suppliers of automobile and testing electronics hardware and software

  • Advocate product improvement ideas

  • Identify and highlight to stakeholders new technology/trends that would advance the field

  • System and concept validation

  • Create and update test procedures, plans, and routes in order to efficiently perform laboratory and test drives with a focus on North American market specifications

  • Test execution and coordination. Lab and field tests

  • Communicate test contents and results to VW Group using advanced equipment and standardized systems for error reporting, prepare regular project status reports

  • Establish and maintain an error reporting database, be aware of objective quality results and strive to improve future infotainment products

  • Error and Bug-Fix verification

  • Electronics test base in US for VW Group

  • Ensure functionality of test setups (systems and vehicles), maintain and operate infotainment test-bench systems

  • Prepare vehicles for test drives

  • Build-up, package, and integrate new prototypes into cars

  • System and error analysis

  • Pre-analyze system behavior in error situations

  • Derive reproducibility of system malfunction

  • Cluster and categorize error patterns

  • Use testing, logging and analysis tools

Required Skills and Experience

  • Automotive electronics knowledge (2-5years exp.)

  • Navigation function test experience (1-3years) either with OEM or Tier 1 supplier

  • Embedded and integrated automotive systems, system level thinking

  • Knowledge of automotive Navigation systems including routing, map database/handling, POI’s, HMI

  • Ability to interpret technical specifications

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Motivated team player, with positive attitude and strong work ethic

Education

  • BSc Computer Science

  • MSc, PhD (desired)

For more information, you can contact us at Coleen.Kane@vw.com


Senior Systems Engineer

(Long-term, multi-year contract)

This role will be involved primarily in development and pre-development projects at the lab. You will come up with product requirements which involves a lot of driving to come up with requirements for self-driving car algorithms. You’ll work with teams of engineers to come up with system and module requirements and manage the execution of these projects. You could also be responsible for testing and managing the logistics for your project.

Responsibilities

  • Develop requirements for North America specific driver assistance systems functions

  • Design test procedures and organize test drives throughout US and Canada

  • Analyze test results, determine root cause, and report bugs in a timely manner in the proper format

  • Establish milestones, monitor progress and report status regularly and accurately

  • Create and maintain supporting documents and presentations as necessary

  • Identify new features for future vehicle models and conduct competitor benchmarks

  • Manage logistics that include (but are not limited to) vehicle transport, hardware shipment, travel etc.

  • Other ERL activities including exploration of new innovations and capture of intellectual property

Required Skills and Experience

  • Strong programming skills, strong IT background

  • Product Definition

    • Comfortable forming and articulating the big picture on where an industry is headed and creating product roadmaps

    • Prior experience defining a highly technical product as a systems engineer or equivalent

    • Prior experience with V-model Systems engineering

    • Adept at diving deep into the weeds with engineers while keeping the product vision in mind

    • Ability to plan/review architectures, technical designs, test strategies, test cases etc.

  • Project Management

    • Usual PM stuff - manage timelines, budgets, resource planning, risk etc.

  • Technical Depth

    • Prior experience with robotics, unmanned systems, control systems, or camera/sensor based perception

    • Be highly technical. Familiarity with data structures and algorithms, machine learning and math are required

  • Leadership

    • Capable of leading by influence, not authority

    • Capable of getting people across levels of an organization aligned behind a common vision

    • Effective public speaker – comfortable presenting complex technical information in front of technical and non-technical audiences at all levels of the organization

  • Experience gathering and organizing requirements and writing functional specifications

  • Experience running multiple projects simultaneously

  • Experience presenting to the press, government officials etc.

  • Experience with processing large amounts of data on clusters in the cloud, GPU clusters etc.

  • Experience in a regulated industries such as automotive, aerospace, medical devices etc.

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

Education

  • BSc Computer Science

  • MSc, PhD (desired)

For more information, you can contact us at Coleen.Kane@vw.com


Senior Telematics Test engineer

(Long term, multi-year contract)

This open position is part of a team that focuses on the series development support of electronic/electronic systems with particular relevance to the US and Canadian markets. People most suited for this position are able to derive technical systems from market-driven ideas, assertively work with suppliers building trust and finding common ground solutions, and work well in a multi-disciplined environment.

Travel is estimated to be 15-20%

Responsibilities

  • System and concept validation

  • Create and update test procedures and plans in order to efficiently perform laboratory and test drives with a focus on North American market specifications

  • Test execution and coordination. Lab and field tests

  • Communicate test contents and results to VW Group using advanced equipment and standardized systems for error reporting, prepare regular project status reports

  • Establish and maintain an error reporting database, cross-link objective quality results to other US specific test databases

  • Error and Bug-Fix verification

  • Electronics test base in US for VW Group

  • Ensure actuality and function of test setups (systems and vehicles), maintain and operate infotainment test-bench systems

  • Prepare vehicles for test drives

  • Build-up, package, and integrate new prototypes into cars

  • System and error analysis

  • Pre-analyze system behavior in error situations

  • Derive reproducibility of system malfunction

  • Cluster and categorize error patterns

  • Use state-of-the art testing, logging and analysis tools

Required Skills and Experience

  • Automotive electronics knowledge (1-3years exp.)

  • Embedded and integrated automotive systems, system level thinking

  • Knowledge of Backend “cloud” infrastructure, Mobile networks, App development

  • Vehicle ECU coding experience and architecture including CAN and Ethernet/networking knowledge

  • Coding experience in Linux, Apple and Windows OS environments

  • Latest consumer electronics interests, specifically mobile phones, tablets and computers

  • Ability to interpret technical specifications

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Motivated team player, with positive attitude and strong work ethic

For more information, you can contact us at Coleen.Kane@vw.com


Speech Backend Engineer

(Long term, multi-year contract)

This position will be responsible for creating cutting edge speech and conversational A.I. interfaces to bring new connected-car functionality to the automotive market. The position gives the opportunity to develop production implementations of conversational agents for front-ends like Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Facebook Messenger chatbots for VW Group brands.

Responsibilities

  • Investigate and develop technical concepts and solutions for new generation of speech services enabling voice control of connected-car features

  • Design, develop, and maintain NLU agents and Dialog Managers, with particular attention to scalability

  • Out-of-the-box thinking by adding to the existing infotainment ecosystem

Required Skills and Experience

  • 5+ years of full-stack software product development experience

  • 3+ years of experience implementing online service APIs

  • Experience developing and/or architecting speech front-ends for Amazon Alexa, Google Home and related products

  • Proficient in at least one of the following programming languages: Python, Java, C++

  • Experience developing one or more components of a speech processing pipeline (ASR, NLU and/or DM)

  • Experience designing, implementing, and maintaining RESTful services

  • Familiar with development and deployment on cloud systems 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 building embedded speech modules

  • Experience with speech application frameworks like Google Dialogflow, Amazon Lex

  • 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

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, EE, ME Engineering or equivalent

  • MS preferred

For more information, you can contact us at Coleen.Kane@vw.com


Technology Strategy and Analyst

(long-term, multi-year contract)

The Technology Strategy and Analyst role will be responsible to understand the ERL's strategic R&D projects with an eye towards advancing them to the next level(s). This role will also be responsible to understand the needs of current and future customers in order to provide a strong foundation from which to build POCs. This role will also develop a strong internal and external network for purposes of discovering innovations and communicating those innovations through the relevant corporate channels. Lastly, this role will be responsible for technology trend scouting activities and documenting this work in an easily accessible manner.

Travel is estimated to be 10%

Responsibilities

  • Analyze diverse information regarding AV startups and formulate technical recommendations to stakeholders

  • Become an expert in the technology and trend business landscape

  • Work closely with engineers in order to asses and summarize new technologies

  • Seek continuous improvement to the ERL innovation process

  • Develop comprehensive network for both personal and ERL benefits

  • Coordinate ERL strategic activities in terms of planning and logistics, with a particular focus on internal and external VIP events

  • Assist technology and trend scouting team activities in terms of initiation and execution

  • Manage relationships with startup and VCs within Silicon Valley

Required Skills and Experience

  • Communication skills

  • Problem solving skills

  • Analytical skills

  • Conceptual thinking skills

  • Financial Modeling and Simulation

  • Integration of people, processes & systems

  • Broad knowledge of a full vehicle

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills

  • Strong networking and relationship building abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products

  • Strong interpersonal & collaboration skills

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Autonomous vehicle (AV) sensors

  • Computing platforms/chipsets

  • Embedded systems

  • Autonomous vehicle HW/SW stack (Nice to have, not required)

  • Autonomous vehicle business landscape

  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks

  • Ability to communicate with all levels of management and engineering

  • Ability to perform well under pressure

  • Strong internal motivation and ambition

  • Good understanding about the business of the automotive industry

  • Edge/Fog computing

  • Requirements writing

  • Project management skills

  • Experience in developing personal work plans and goals

  • Creative/conceptual thinking

  • Ability to work effectively in a highly dynamic and diverse environment

  • Business acumen for potential partnering

  • Strong presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Technology evaluation methods

  • German language abilities

Education

  • BS Electrical Engineering or Computer Science; MS Electrical Engineering or Computer Science preferred

For more information, you can contact us at Coleen.Kane@vw.com

 

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