Autonomous Hardware Test Lead

Lyft, Palo Alto, CA

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About Lyft

At Lyft, community is what we are and it’s what we do. It’s what makes us different. To create the best ride for all, we start in our own community by creating an open, inclusive, and diverse organization where all team members are recognized for what they bring.

We care deeply about delivering the best transportation experience; this means the best experience for the passenger and the best experience for the driver. We believe this quality of service can only be achieved with a deep understanding of our world, our cities, our streets… how they evolve, how they breathe. We embrace the powerful positive impact autonomous transportation will bring to our everyday lives and with our ambition, we will become a leader in the development and operation of such vehicles. Thanks to our network, with hundreds of millions of rides every year, we have the means to make autonomy a safe reality. As a member of Level5, you will have the opportunity to develop and deploy tomorrow’s hardware & software solutions and thereby revolutionize transportation.

About the Role

As a Hardware Test Lead on the Level 5 Self Driving Systems Hardware team, you will collaborate and be involved in all phases of the engineering process from design to deployment to meet challenging robotics functionality and automotive qualification requirements.  You will design and refactor the test engineering requirements, develop hardware test plans, develop test cases, design and build test fixtures, execute tests and analyze the results to validate components and subsystems of the complete hardware system design.  You will also work with product design engineers and manufacturing engineers to root cause and troubleshoot designs that fail tests. You will work with engineers to implement bug prevention strategies, design for testability, and other quality standards.


  • Key owner and lead for test strategies and implementation on the team
  • Design test hardware, circuitry and fixtures
  • Work with the hardware engineering team providing testing requirements for the same
  • Work closely with the software team to establish test infrastructure and automation solutions
  • Architect test solutions for product characterization and production
  • Mentor test engineers on the team

Experience & Skills

  • Extensive hardware functional testing experience
  • Knowledge of robotics and/or automotive electromechanical requirements, design, and testing
  • Strong experience evaluating mechanical, electrical, software, optical, and RF systems for functional performance
  • Strong experience preparing test plans, executing test plans, and preparing clear test reports
  • Experience working with design, firmware engineering and contract manufacturing partners in development of hardware products
  • Quantitative /analytical mindset to probe, test and decompose challenging system problems into root cause issues with strong, detail oriented debugging skills
  • Experience using statistical data analysis to provide in-depth understanding and risk assessments of designs and manufacturing processes
  • Experience developing DFMEAs and PFMEAs
  • A record of successful test engineering project ownership and working in a fast paced environment including rapid prototype development and automation testing
  • Experience in designing, building and maintaining Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) simulation and testing environments

Nice to Have

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with process development
  • Proven track record of shipping hardware products
  • C, C++ and python skills, particularly in an embedded real-time environment is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work with cross functional technical teams
  • Testing experience with camera, Lidar, radar and GPU intensive circuit board and computer systems is a plus
  • Experience working with International Manufacturing sites & suppliers
  • Experience qualifying products to comply with automotive qualification testing
  • Experience with (or willingness to learn) data acquisition systems
  • Experience with Xilinx FPGA toolchains is a plus
  • Prefer candidates familiar with design tools such as SolidWorks, Catia, Altium, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, MATLAB, or other design tools
  • Experience developing test solutions for complex systems in robotics, transportation, aerospace, consumer electronics, defense, medical, energy, or similar industries is a plus
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