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Senior Software Engineer, Linux Kernel



Software Engineering
Mountain View, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with the mission to be the most trusted driver. Since its start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has focused on building the Waymo Driver—The World's Most Experienced Driver™—to improve access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. The Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, a fully autonomous ride-hailing service, and can also be applied to a range of vehicle platforms and product use cases. The Waymo Driver has provided over one million rider-only trips, enabled by its experience autonomously driving tens of millions of miles on public roads and tens of billions in simulation across 13+ U.S. states.

Waymo Onboard Infrastructure is responsible for low-level software and infrastructure on various components of the Waymo self-driving system. The team's scope covers everything from low-level system software to high-bandwidth data logging, IPC (low-latency and high-throughput), performance analysis, full-system debugging, etc. We work closely with the Hardware, Compute, Sensor, Perception, Behavior and Machine Learning teams to build the most performant and low-latency self-driving solution in the industry.

In this role, you will work on the System Software Team. The System Software team owns the primary compute node of Waymo's on-vehicle compute platform – a highly integrated embedded system. You will be responsible for writing Linux Kernel drivers (including creating appropriate user-space APIs) to communicate with custom hardware (e.g. custom ASICs and FPGAs). If you enjoy building robust and embedded systems using state-of-the-art compute hardware and working closely with engineering teams that will be direct consumers of your work, you'll be a great fit for this role.

In this role you will:

  • Work on a small team of System Software and Linux Kernel Engineers to develop system software components from early prototyping to production launch of driverless vehicles
  • Design, implement and test Linux Kernel device drivers and other components for high-performance embedded systems including custom ASICs and accelerators.
  • Work effectively across a variety of engineering teams and SoC partners to resolve issues
  • Take on complex and ambiguous problems and come up with clean and robust solutions.

At a minimum, we'd like you to have:

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or relevant technical field or equivalent practical experience
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Proficiency in C and C++
  • Strong understanding of programming in an asynchronous environment with multiple processes, threads, timers, interrupts, etc.
  • Experience with Linux kernel and device driver development
  • Excellent debugging skills

It’s preferred if you have:

  • Experience with early-silicon development tools, e.g. emulators, simulators and FPGAs
  • Experience with common hardware protocols/interfaces (PCIe, Ethernet, I2C, etc)
  • Experience with working with multiple types of industry partners (CM, ODM, OEM, ISV, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of complex hardware-accelerated compute pipelines (GPUs, ML accelerators, image/data processors, etc.).
  • Experience in dealing with existing, complex systems and codebases
  • Performance optimization of systems and complex pipelines
  • Working knowledge of hardware bring-up and debugging, including the ability to read schematics/datasheets and use common tools (oscilloscopes, multimeter, logic analyzers, etc.)


The expected base salary range for this full-time position across US locations is listed below. Actual starting pay will be based on job-related factors, including exact work location, experience, relevant training and education, and skill level. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the role location or, if the role can be performed remote, the specific salary range for your preferred location, during the hiring process.

Waymo employees are also eligible to participate in Waymo’s discretionary annual bonus program, equity incentive plan, and generous Company benefits program, subject to eligibility requirements.

Salary Range
$192,000—$243,000 USD