Simulation Software Test Engineer - Autonomous Vehicles

| Greater Denver Area
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
The Simulation Software Test Engineer - Autonomous Vehicles will report to the Director of Test Engineering and will be responsible for developing comprehensive simulation software testing environments, developing test cases to run in those environments, and executing those tests.
The simulation team enables Outrider to simulate and analyze vehicle movements and behavior. We can build new environments and situations from scratch, or we can play back, modify, and build upon real-world data. Our work is used by the self-driving software team, the integration and validation team, and others, helping engineers rapidly tune and test the system.
This position plays an essential role in helping deliver a safety-critical system for industrial automation. 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

  • Design simulated agents that interact realistically with the vehicle system
  • Seamlessly integrate logged data replay and simulated agents
  • Quantify the performance and safety characteristics of the vehicle system
  • Build reliable and scalable infrastructure services that make it easy to use simulation effectively for test cases as well as customer operating environments
  • Enable software- and hardware-in-the-loop simulation for improved fidelity
  • Automate or streamline manual triage of fault data that is currently performed by software developers
  • Generate simulations that target specific challenges
  • Automatically run interesting missions in simulation and verify expected results
  • Accelerate onboard software development with improved tools and visualization
  • Generate, organize, manage, and conduct system verification tests and test procedures to validate compliance with specifications before releasing vehicles and software deliveries to customers
  • Review bug reports, track bugs to a subsystem, identify corner cases, and work within the team to propose fixes
  • Execute test plans and procedures, as well as document and report results to internal and external customers

Required qualifications

  • Experience with the simulation of mobile robots or robot arms
  • Ability to develop custom simulation plugins capable of producing close-to-real-world behaviors for sensors, actuators, and both kinematic and dynamic articulated vehicle models
  • Knowledge of numerical methods employed in simulation engines (e.g. collision detection techniques, integration methods, LCPs, and constraint enforcement/stabilization)
  • Intuition for how simulations should be designed to optimize engineering effort, ability to simulate specific phenomena of interest, and physical realism
  • Experience with the software development life cycle, modern software/hardware/system testing methods, and continuous integration
  • Experience with C++ and Python
  • Comfort navigating a large codebase
  • Comfort with Linux and command-line interface
  • BS or MS in Computer Science or a similar discipline
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional analytical skills
  • Sterling references

Ideal qualifications

  • ROS and Gazebo development experience
  • Experience with or an interest in autonomous vehicle simulation
  • Experience with robotics software engineering, autonomous vehicle systems, computer vision, machine learning, and/or planning and controls

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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
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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.
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Generous PTO
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