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Senior Software Engineer - Hardware Test (Powertrain)



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

The Powertrain team is a multi-disciplinary hardware and software team responsible for designing the electric drivetrain at the heart of our life-saving drone delivery service, operating in some of the harshest environments on earth.

As a Senior Software/Hardware Test Engineer, you’ll be the foundational member to build our hardware test infrastructure used both in reliability testing and on our production line. You will work closely with our Embedded Software Team and Hardware Development teams to create test tooling that can scale and grow with Zipline as we bring to life our next generation drone delivery platform. We are seeking someone passionate about creating software tools that can scale and accelerate the rate of progress across the team.

If you're a self-starter with a strong background in software development, embedded systems, and hardware test automation AND you want to be a part of a team that is making a real difference in the world, then we want to hear from you.

What You'll Do

  • Be a foundational team-member responsible for growing Powertrain’s test automation capability.
  • Develop software tools and frameworks in Python for reliability testing, leading to widespread frameworks used by Test Engineers.
  • Interface with flight code running on Powertrain systems to create frameworks for software integration.
  • Drive library improvements for error handling, safety mechanisms, data reporting, test restarts.
  • Develop data pipelines to publish real-time data to cloud servers
  • Develop software tooling for data visualization and automated test reporting.
  • Deploy software to EOL test facilities on the production line
  • Develop web dashboards for test campaign status and and test hardware status.
  • Develop software tools for data visualization and test monitoring.
  • Create drivers for custom and COTS test equipment used in hardware test.
  • Get hands-on with Zipline’s electrified powertrain: batteries, motors, propellers, cell cyclers, wind tunnels, and dynamometers to debug test failures and anomalies.
  • Provide technical expertise and mentorship to junior engineers.

What You'll Bring

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in software development for hardware test automation.
  • Software experience in Python, and C/C++.
  • A passion for developing software frameworks that are scalable and can be used across the company.
  • Deep experience developing hardware test infrastructure with a range of custom and off-the-shelf test equipment and using a range of communication protocols.
  • Experience developing data pipelines, online test monitoring, and automated reporting.
  • Strong engineering fundamentals in the areas of powertrain hardware: batteries, motors, cells, and associated testing.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US
  • Must be able to work in person at Zipline’s South San Francisco Headquarters

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $130,000 - $190,000. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!