Sr. Software Engineer, Motion Planning and Decision Making (Autonomous Driving Vehicle Startup)

Toronto, ON M8Z 2R4

Employment Type: Permanent Job Number: 1860

Job Description

We're recruiting a Senior Software Engineer, Motion Planning and Decision Making 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.


  • Build and improve algorithms throughout the motion planning stack, which could include things ranging from route planning, trajectory optimization and  decision making

  • Develop policies and plans to manage multi-actor interactions and plans under uncertainty

  • Integrate remote guidance requests and autonomy behaviours into the remote assist system

  • Take algorithms from conception to implementation and deployment

  • Test algorithms in simulation, in vehicle in controlled environment, and ultimately in in vehicle in the field

  • Contribute to the behaviour prediction of traffic participants perceived around the autonomous vehicle

  • Develop efficient Deep Learning architectures that run in real-time or other resource constrained setting

  • Support the all technical aspects of development, including technical requirements definition, design, implementation, unit testing, and integration



  • Master's or Ph.D. degree in CS, Robotics or related field

  • Extensive experience working in container based technologies like Docker

  • Familiarity with one or more neural network frameworks, such as Tensorflow, Caffe & Torch

  • Exceptional coding abilities, architecture, debugging/diagnostics skills with experience working in a large rapidly evolving C++ production code base

  • Experience with emerging deep learning based motion planning approaches (LSTMs, Deep Reinforcement Learning, Deep Q-learning, etc)

  • Strong background in data structures and algorithms


Bonus Points

  • Expertise in large-scale cloud infrastructure, e.g. G-Cloud or AWS

  • Experience with ROS/ROS2 or other middleware systems

  • Industry experience with software development for AVs

  • Experience in code optimization or high performance computing

  • Experience writing numerical optimization algorithms

  • Experience working with large data sets

  • Experience in applying ML for control or planning problems (e.g. Imitation Learning, Behavior Prediction, Reinforcement Learning)


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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