Headquartered in San Jose, CA, Velodyne is known worldwide for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar sensor technologies.

Our lidars provide revolutionized perception and detectability for automotive, new mobility, mapping, robotics, and security applications. It is utterly important for us to perform comprehensive characterization and validation tests to all Lidar systems. This is the only way to ensure that we deliver high performance Lidars that can meet different customer application and environmental conditions with top quality; and you will play a key role in it.

This position is on the Systems Engineering team where you will be responsible for full performance characterization and validation of our lidar systems across their operation and application conditions. You are required to have prior hands-on bench characterization experience of optoelectronic devices such as lasers, photodiode, sensors, transceivers, etc. This will be a perfect job for you if you deem yourself an experimental physicist with curious Systems Engineering mindset.    

Specific Job Description:

Own Lidar systems characterization and validation.

  • Proactively interact with Optical, Electrical, ASIC and Firmware stakeholders to understand the system design and working principles.
  • Develop and execute comprehensive lidar characterization plans, at system and subsystem level, across product development cycles to cover full operational range and various environmental conditions.
  • Spearhead all Engineering activities in System design validation: Define testing methods and streamline automation plan, specify data collection metrics and analysis methods in API dashboard, Analyze system performance and host review meetings.
  • Innovate DOEs to help verify, debug or root cause analysis various internal (production failure, reliability failures) and external (RMA, potential customer solution applications etc.) issues throughout product development lifecycle.
  • Perform thorough data analysis, Writeup test report to draw meaningful conclusions and provide valuable feedback for design or process improvement.
  • Provide technical support to prototype line failures and Engineering phase field returns.
  • Coach Junior Engineers and/or Engineering technicians for solid Engineering practice; help them understand and execute test plans efficiently to ensure valid and high-quality data collection and analysis.

Required Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Applied Physics, or equivalent field; or 6 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD with 3 years experience; or equivalent experience

Job Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Applied Physics, or equivalent field with 7+ years of related industry experience working in product development environment.
  • Working knowledge of opto-electronic and sensor products in a broad disciplinary setting that includes Electrical circuits, ASICs, Optical and mechanical components, and uses embedded system (FW/FPGA) as the brain to bring everything together in making a functional module.
  • Ability to understand system level Lidar/sensor performance.
  • In-depth hands-on experience performing bench level testing and characterization of optical and electronic devices across corner cases.
  • Proven record of designing and executing logically tight experiments to provide quality data and draw meaningful results.
  • Strong problem-solving, diagnosing, and analytical skills.
  • Be resourceful and proactive to work efficiently in cross-functional groups, willing to break down barriers and reach across teams to solve problems.
  • Great proficiency in hardware and software tooling that is instrumental for testing and data analysis:
    • Equipment: Voltage/Current source and meters, Fast Oscilloscope, heating/cooling equipment, Optical power meter, attenuator, integrating sphere
    • JMP, Excel, Power Point, Python, MatLab
  • Direct TOF Lidar development and testing experience is a big plus
  • Working knowledge of sensor, transceiver or semiconductor manufacturing process is a bonus: wiring and gluing, packaging, active alignment, in process monitoring and control, end of line functional test.

Velodyne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, age or other legally protected status.

Note to all recruitment agencies: Velodyne Lidar does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our career page or any Velodyne employees. Velodyne is not responsible for any fees related to any unsolicited resumes.


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