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Silicon Validation Lead



Mountain View, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 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.

Silicon Validation Lead, Compute

In this hybrid role, you will report to a Hardware Engineering Team Lead. #LI-Hybrid

Waymo's Compute Team is tasked with a critical and exciting mission: We deliver the compute platform responsible for running the autonomous vehicle's software stack. To achieve our mission, we architect and create high-performance custom silicon; we develop system-level compute architectures that push the boundaries of performance, power, and latency; and we collaborate with many other teammates to ensure we design and improve hardware and software for maximum performance. We are a diverse team looking for curious and talented teammates to work on one of the world's highest performance automotive compute platforms.

In this role you'll:

  • Build and implement test plans for silicon bring-up, validation and characterization
  • Collaborate with chip design, design verification, emulation and software teams to ensure the readiness for silicon arrival
  • Perform hands-on bring-up and validation in the lab; drive test execution to closure with cross functional teams
  • Conduct functional validation of sub-system and IP such as PCIe, LPDDR, MIPI, etc
  • Spearhead silicon debug effort, provide root-cause analysis, can drive closure
  • Support the development of ATE and SLT, drive the hardware deployment and software integration for SLT

At a minimum we’d like you to have:

  • Master's degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering or equivalent work experience
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience in silicon bring-up and validation
  • Strong understanding of digital IC and chip architecture
  • Proficiency with lab equipment and debug tools, such as oscilloscope, protocol analyzer, JTAG debugger, etc
  • Good scripting skills (Python preferred) for test automation, data collection, post-processing and reporting
  • Ability to work effectively within cross-functional and cross-site teams, strong communication and documentation capability

It’s preferred if you have:

  • 3+ years of experience in leading post-silicon projects, including planning, execution, and team coordination.
  • Experience in building and maintaining silicon validation infrastructure, including test benches, automation frameworks, and data analysis tools
  • Experience in pre-silicon Design Validation or emulation; leverage pre-silicon test cases for post-silicon validation
  • Experience in electrical validation and compliance test of high-speed SerDes or memory interface

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
$217,000—$275,000 USD