United States, California, Palo Alto, United States

Posted on: 2022-09-14

Category: emobility

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Principal System Architect, ADAS/AD

About the company:

Doing something different is never easy. It requires courage, optimism and grit. Core to our mission is building a team of adventurous individuals determined to make a positive impact on the world. This means challenging ourselves constantly. Stretching beyond the bounds of conventional thinking. Reframing old problems. Seeking new solutions. And operating comfortably in a space of uncertainty. While our backgrounds are diverse, our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. Do you like doing the impossible? We’d love to hear from you.

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract. 

As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. 

Role Summary: 

In this position within Platform Architecture team, you will work closely with Software, Hardware, RF, System, and SOC groups to drive definition and refinement of next generation ADAS/AD systems, with the focus on optimal localization and communication solutions on autonomous vehicles, build up validation and benchmark framework to identify gaps and risks at module, system and vehicle levels, and drive hardware architecture decision making.  This is a hybrid software / hardware role towards a leadership position that requires a system background, and the necessary embedded hardware and software background to support these activities. You will collaborate cross-functionally with hardware design and software application teams to accomplish this work, and thereby drive direction of next generation hardware architectures, as well as motivate optimization of current generation platforms.  


  • With cross discipline collaboration, define, evaluate, benchmark and prototype forward-looking hardware and software systems to evaluate and validate next generation ADAS/AD architecture, with the focus on localization and communication areas, identify gaps and improvements on function and performance towards design goals and optimal cost efficiency
  • Enhance existing system validation platform, to characterize and optimize system-level performance and critical functions, and to de-risk and sign off before production, using both bench level and vehicle level setups. This includes developing and integrating necessary software and data pipelines on various embedded platforms, and working with cross-functional teams on the bring-up and integration of ADAS/AD systems


The successful candidate will meet a large number of the following requirements:


  • 15+ years of working experience in relevant field
  • Expertise or prior work experience in following areas : Navigation, Localization, Odometry, Telematics and V2X 
  • Experience in analyzing performance of complex hardware and software systems
  • Experience in developing embedded platforms in C/C++
  • Excellent analytical skills, written and verbal communication skills, and s strong team player

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at [email protected].

Candidate Data Privacy

Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law. 

Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services. 

Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.  


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