Software Engineer - Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Zipline, South San Francisco, CA

Lifesaving Deliveries by Drone

Zipline is developing the most advanced fleet of autonomous vehicles in the world to serve its mission of providing life-saving medical products across the planet. To do this, we're building a small team of the best and brightest software engineers to come up with simple solutions to really hard problems.

We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position, but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply! If you're still early in your career and don't yet meet all these strengths but are a fast learner and excited by our mission, please apply!

You should be excited to tackle these sorts of problems:

  • Ship an optimizing route planner for routing vehicles to delivery sites
  • Design adaptive delivery algorithms to increase delivery accuracy in windy conditions
  • Create algorithms governing vehicle decisions and inter-vehicle coordination
  • Work on a sensor payload system used to create obstacle maps offline
  • Design and roll-out a scheme to adaptively avoid other aircraft in-flight

You are right for this job if you are excited to:

  • Contribute across the robotics stack – from writing optimizing path planners to defining automated air traffic algorithms
  • Own projects from drafting requirements through test flights and releasing to production
  • Design safety-critical algorithms that control fleets of vehicles

Strong candidates will have many of these traits:

  • You are excited to understand any line of code that runs on the plane, and feel comfortable writing almost any of that code
  • Great at finding a clear path in a forest of uncertainty
  • An expert programmer
  • Self-directed and self-motivated, thriving on small, scrappy teams
  • Excited to work on safety-critical algorithms
  • You see around corners, always having a Plan B and C

About Zipline

More than two billion people lack adequate access to essential medical products, such as blood and vaccines, due to challenging terrain and gaps in infrastructure. Zipline improves access to these supplies by flying over impassable mountains and washed-out roads, delivering directly to remote clinics. We centralize supply and provide on-demand deliveries, completely reducing waste and stock-outs. Zipline provides a seamless delivery system at an affordable price, obsessing over every detail, so you can focus on patient health.

Want to learn more about Zipline? Visit Zipline's website.