Software Engineer, Controls (Level 4 Autonomous Vehicle Startup)

Toronto, ON M8Z 2R4

Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Planning & Controls Engineer Job Number: 1841

Job Description

We're recruiting a Software Engineer - Controls for a Silicon Valley-founded Autonomous Vehicle tech company that has a significant Toronto product development site. This opportunity is a unique chance to join an AV startup that is taking off. We have a strong partnership with our client having placed their Head of Software Engineering and Head of Hardware in Toronto. 



  • Real opportunity to commercialize AV - they solve real problems and have real customers, contracts, and revenues with some of the biggest global enterprises. 

  • Industry-leading team in robotics and AI that have worked successfully together in a distributed team model.

  • Become one of the key Toronto-based leaders & help establish the company as a leader in the Toronto AV community.

  • Collaborate with leading research teams @ U of Waterloo and U of Toronto.


  • Develop control systems for autonomous vehicles, ensuring that the behavior of our vehicles is safe and smooth

  • Develop scalable frameworks to support many types of vehicles and configurations

  • Implement distributed software to process vehicle data and perform validation testing

  • Improve onboard software stack stability, health monitoring, and error reporting

  • Design efficient components and optimize existing software for limited compute platforms

  • Optimize the trajectory planning to achieve a comfortable and smooth ride



  • Bachelors or a higher degree in CS, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent

  • Experience with classical control and optimization techniques, LQR, MPC

  • 3+ years of industry experience using C++ and Python in production

  • Familiarity with state estimation techniques, trajectory planning algorithms, and drive-by-wire systems

  • Solid understanding and hands-on experience in one or more of: Operating Systems, Databases, Concurrency, Linux Kernel, Compilers, Distributed Systems, etc

  • Experience in characterizing vehicle dynamics and behaviour models


Bonus Points

  • Knowledge of robotics and frameworks such as ROS or LCM

  • Linux kernel development experience

  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art 3D control simulation frameworks

  • Experience with CAN bus

  • Experience with SocketCAN


Apply today or contact Brandon Shim-Ping, Director of Talent, at brandon AT grossmandorland DOT com to learn more.



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Meet Your Recruiter

Brandon Shim-Ping
Director, Talent

Brandon Shim-Ping joined the gdR team in 2013 and leads executive and IC searches in engineering, data science and security. 

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