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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


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 ENGINEER & DEV-OPS

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

  • 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
  • Update, deploy, and monitor systems developed by the team, looking for opportunities to improve performance, reliability and automation
  • 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 queueing systems such as Kafka
  • Experience or understanding of developing machine/deep learning systems in a distributed environment
  • 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, 4+ years of industry experience developing backend components and handling
    DevOps functions for complex systems

Education

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent required

Skills

  • Familiarity with operational technologies, including Docker, Chef, Puppet, ZooKeeper, Terraform, and Ansible
  • 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
  • Conventional backend development skills with Java and common frameworks (Spring, Play)

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


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