Embedded Software Engineer at Outrider

| Greater Denver Area
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The company

Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, helps large enterprises improve safety, increase efficiency, and optimize their workforce. The only company exclusively focused on automating all aspects of yard operations, Outrider eliminates manual tasks that are hazardous and repetitive. Outrider’s mission is to drive the rapid adoption of sustainable freight transportation by deploying zero-emission systems. Outrider is a private company backed by NEA, 8VC, and other top-tier investors.


The role

You'll be the key to creating reliable, safety-critical embedded software that controls our autonomous vehicle hardware - brakes, steering, actuation, and other functions. Given your background developing embedded software for commercially-deployed mobile robotics applications, you'll have a major, positive impact on the performance, reliability, and safety of the Outrider System!


The Embedded Software Engineer will be responsible for contributing to all applications of embedded software in Outrider's products, including vehicle controls, actuation, and navigation; signal processing; and communications. The role requires exceptional software engineering skills – you will be responsible for helping build and support autonomous vehicle systems that redefine large enterprise supply chains and boast safe, error-free, and effective operational performance.


The opportunity offers a very talented software engineer the chance to help develop a market-defining enterprise product that combines autonomous vehicle technology with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model. The ideal candidate will embrace our goal to drive zero-emission, self-driving vehicle adoption, and help us realize our potential to define, build, and lead a new, category of robotic automation for the enterprise.

Duties and responsibilities

    • Develop embedded software modules from scratch in C for the Outrider vehicle controller through all phases of the development lifecycle: requirements, design, source code implementation, unit test, integration, and system test
    • Provision and support hardware & software updates to be released and rolled out to customer sites

Required qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, electrical/electronics engineering, or a related field
    • Demonstrated C development experience focused on embedded applications
    • Background in embedded software development (ideally for marine, ground, air, or space vehicles, autonomous or otherwise)
    • Experience with classical and modern control techniques
    • Prior projects or work tuning controllers (PID, LQR)
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Exceptional analytical skills
    • Demonstrated strong leadership and people skills
    • Ability and willingness to travel to customer locations (up to 25%)
    • Sterling references

Ideal qualifications

    • Experience developing software for safety-critical applications
    • Familiarity with real-time operating systems (RTOS) development
    • Comfort with adaptive, robust, or optimal control
    • Academic and professional background with Kalman filtering, including extended and unscented variants
    • A pedigree in robotics and/or autonomous vehicle systems
    • Master’s degree in computer science, mechanical engineering, robotics, electrical/electronics engineering, or computer engineering
    • Familiarity with C++, Python, and/or ROS
    • Experience with the CAN bus standard and/or Ethernet and UDP
    • Familiarity with functional safety specifications, including ISO 26262, ISO 13849, and MIL-STD-882
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Our company is just steps away from hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and the New Terrain Brewery.

An Insider's view of Outrider

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We’re fired up to solve the urgent problem of yard automation needed for a more resilient supply chain. No one walks alone at Outrider. If anyone is stuck or needs help, people line up to lend a helping hand. This is an interdisciplinary problem, so the best and brightest engineers across multiple areas of expertise must work together to solve it.

Michael Cutter

Principal Computer Vision Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day starts on the computer modeling robotic designs. Next, our team holds a daily standup to discuss progress and goals. Then, I assemble prototypes. During lunch, I mountain bike with coworkers on N. Table Mountain. The afternoon is my favorite -- testing the robots on our autonomous vehicles. I love watching robots do cool things.

Martin Sotola

Robotics Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

At first, I was overwhelmed by unfamiliar software, robotics, and logistics jargon and the fast pace. Hard work, hustle, and awesome co-workers reduced my learning curve. In no time, I was contributing and saw my responsibilities expand -- working with engineering, commercial team and customers. I’ve seen exponential growth in my career and myself.

Kayla Holcomb

Associate Project Manager

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Daily, we’re solving complex, cutting-edge engineering problems. We encourage and welcome new and innovative ideas. In close collaboration with our customer-facing teams, engineering turns ideas into products that solve big pain points for very large companies. The majority of our team's ideas have morphed into solutions deployed at customer sites.

Dan Ambrosio

Senior Software Engineer and Head of Software Integration

What are some social events your company does?

When we’re not working or noshing on snacks provided in the kitchen, we’re sipping pints together in the brewery across the road. Many like to go hiking, running or mountain biking several days a week on N. Table Mountain also across the road. Others do Cross Fit or hang out socially outside of work. And, there’s a monthly company-sponsored lunch!

Tessa Ronan

Autonomous Vehicle Controls Engineer

What are Outrider Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Outrider also provides 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Outrider hosts monthly company outings.
Stocked Kitchen
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