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Senior Autonomous Vehicle Safety SOTIF Engineer at Motional (Remote)

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Primary Purpose:

The Automated Driving Safety Engineer will work across multiple sites as a strong contributor in the application of the global safety standards and requirements governing the processes, activities and work products required for Motional’s autonomous operations. As a SOTIF Engineer, you will lead and be an active participant in developing the functional safety concept, including all aspects of feature decomposition and analysis. The focus is safety of the intended function analysis of autonomous driving systems in the advanced development project phase to improve safety during design and build the safety case and verification plan for how the system will be assessed during later project phases. This role will be responsible for the analysis of autonomous vehicle driving behavior and definition of the safety performance indicator.

Essential Duties:

  • Contribute to ADAS and Self-Driving feature requirements and provide functional safety guidance on feature definition, design, verification and validation measures. 
  • You will utilize various analysis techniques (e.g. HARA, FMEA, STPA) to identify functional insufficiencies at different system levels, including sensing and decision algorithms
  • Derive safety hazards that would contribute to ADAS SOTIF events 
  • Develop safety goals/requirements associated with identified ADAS-SOTIF related events 
  • Help drive system architecture and controls actions to mitigate SOTIF risk 
  • Data and machine learning algorithm analysis as per SOTIF process Qualifications 
  • The SOTIF engineer shall be very familiar with ISO 21448 and be part of working group to develop and modify the SOTIF process to adapt to and apply to the integrated autonomous driving system solutions. 
  • The SOTIF engineer shall be responsible to cooperate with SW, HW and SYS engineers to develop the entire project SOTIF safety case for various autonomous driving and ADAS features, including system and component level hazard analysis, use cases, ODD conditions, and SOTIF safety requirements 
  • Item description decomposition to identify vehicle level actions required to perform the intended function. 
  • ODD decomposition to identify road, weather, and other external disturbances.
  • Identify scenario based test suites within the defined ODD
  • Derive validation and verification test scenarios to demonstrate robustness of ADAS system to SOTIF
  • Define safety performance indicator metric
  • Manage safety requirements traceability and work with design, implementation, performance, validation and service team members to validate SOTIF requirements 
  • Be part of team to develop and modify the SOTIF safety process 
  • Lead or support advanced system or component of new feature or new technology from the SOTIF safety perspective
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally
  • Other duties as assigned
Required Skills / Experience
  • Degree education in Electrical/Electronic or Software (or similar) Engineering 
  • Over 3 years of experience within the automotive industry, ideally L4 developer, OEM or Tier 1 working within systems engineering in relation to ADAS features with working knowledge of ISO 26262 
  • 2+ years of experience in SOTIF for automotive
  • Demonstrated experience in certifying or developing automotive software (autonomous or conventional)
  • Enthusiasm and a desire to work in a very fast-paced environment where innovation and rapid change is the norm
  • Experience in defining the SOTIF process for ADAS features 
  • Understanding of emerging standards such as UL 4600 
  • Strong system engineering background 
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with a high level of integrity 
  • Experience working within a cross-functional team
  • Knowledge of IEEE 2846 “IEEE Standard for Assumptions in Safety‐Related Models for Automated Driving Systems “
  • Expert knowledge of ISO 21448 
  • Good knowledge of AVSC best practices
  • Proven track on development and implementation of SOTIF safety concepts 
  • Lead with confidence – thought leaders who empower those around them 
  • Proven track on safety analysis methods (FTA, FMEA, STPA) 
  • Preferably proven track on technical leadership 
  • Feature expert on autonomous L0-L3 driving such as LKA, AEB, ACC, LCC 
  • Application specific component expert such as RADARS, Camera, Driver Monitor, or Compute Platform 
  • Knowledge and experience in Object Sensing / Detection and Path Prediction 
  • Knowledge and experience in Map and Localization 
  • Knowledge and experience in Vehicle Dynamics for Autonomous Vehicles 
  • Expert on system and vehicle simulations 

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field and 6+ years of Systems Engineering or related work experience required.

Master's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field and 5+ years of Systems Engineering or related work experience preferred.

PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field and 4+ years of Systems Engineering or related work experience highly preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but does serve as a coach and mentor to other positions across all US sites. 

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand talk, or hear; use hands and fingers,  handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 25 pounds.

Working Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The job operates in a combination of a professional office environment or work from home (remote) and the garage where company vehicles are stored and repaired.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers and phones.  While performing some duties of this job, the employee might be occasionally exposed to vehicle related fumes or airborne particles, moving vehicles and noise levels vary depending on the location within the building.  

Motional AD LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and we welcome all qualified applicants.  All applicants will receive impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or other legally protected status.  Motional AD LLC is a Drug-free workplace.

Motional is a driverless technology company making self-driving vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality.

The Motional team is made up of engineers, researchers, innovators, dreamers and doers, who together are creating a first-of-its-kind technology with the potential to transform the way we move. We’re behind some of the industry's largest leaps forward, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world's first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world's most-established public robotaxi fleet.

As a leader in an emerging industry that has the promise of creating safer, more reliable and accessible transportation for all, it’s imperative we have a diverse workforce, create an inclusive culture, and understand the communities we operate in around the world. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is fundamental to Motional’s success. That’s why we’ve established a team to ensure DEI is at the forefront of the candidate and employee experience, beginning with the hiring process and continuing throughout your career. We also partner with organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers to ensure our DEI work is informed by the latest thinking and approaches.

Strategically formed by Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives. Headquartered in Boston, Motional has operations in the U.S and Asia. For more information, visit  www.Motional.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Motional AD Inc. is an EOE. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To comply with Federal Law, we participate in E-Verify. All newly-hired employees are queried through this electronic system established by the DHS and the SSA to verify their identity and employment eligibility.

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Nestled in the busting Seaport district, the Motional global headquarters has sweeping views of Boston Harbor and downtown Boston, the offices are located close to major transit lines and a quick walk to various restaurants and popular attractions.

Technology we use

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What are Motional Perks + Benefits

Culture
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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An Insider's view of Motional

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

For the past 15 months we've been a remote organization, hiring 450 remote team members across our global organization. We recognize as we start our return to normalcy, we must remain flexible and continue to evolve, understanding that balance is essential. There is a conscious, respectful and phased out approach being made by each team leader.

Brian

Head of Talent Acquisition

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