We are looking for a highly experienced systems architect who has a strong background in real-time embedded computing, particularly in the ADAS and automated vehicles (AV) space. The architecture team within Motional’s Vehicle & Product Systems organization owns the big picture system design and finds balance between technical breadth and depth. As a systems architect, focusing on processing across our system, you will be part of a cross-functional team that defines our next-generation system architecture and compute platform. You will play a key role in working with our autonomy, platform infrastructure, and product experts to architect the detailed design and implementation of our next-generation system comprising cutting-edge automotive microprocessors, a highly capable and efficient cluster of compute SoC,and a high-speed communication network. You will also support hardware selection and the definition of the overall physical systems architecture.

In addition to your technical leadership within our next-generation program, you will work closely with software, hardware, and systems engineers in launching our 2022 and 2023 Robotaxi programs based on the Hyundai IONIQ-5 vehicle and our current-generation system with automotive MCUs, vision processors, GPUs, and high-performance computing cores. You will play a key role in guiding teams on various problems related to real-time software and hardware acceleration of functions on a heterogeneous computing platform. 

What you'll be doing:

  • Provide technical direction, support, and mentorship across Engineering in implementing and testing the current-generation system, particularly related to the implementation of an AV stack running on a heterogeneous distributed platform.
  • Provide support and advice when it comes to the overall functional decomposition and how it gets allocated and implemented on a heterogeneous hardware platform, while meeting application requirements as well as non-functional requirements including but not limited to timing and functional safety.
  • Lead end-to-end design and allocation of functions onto our next-generation system architecture, which includes a new compute solution based on many processing cores and accelerators for machine learning applications.
  • Workload modeling and mapping to heterogeneous functional units.
  • Write detailed system design specifications.
  • Support our core infrastructure and compute team in the design and evaluation of next-generation SoCs.
  • Engage with automotive suppliers and provide technical assessments to guide business decisions, hardware selection, and procurement.
  • Lead development of bench demonstrations to validate designs and reduce program risk.

What we're looking for:

  • Deep understanding in the area of real-time computing, particularly multicore computer architectures, memory architecture, GPUs, accelerators, operating systems, and hardware/software co-design.
  • Good knowledge of the end-to-end software stack for automated vehicles.
  • Deep end-to-end understanding of processing across a heterogeneous platform, including sensor readings, data movement, computing, and actuator outputs.
  • Experience with realizing functional safety requirements and their impact on automotive SoCs, MCUs, and software.
  • Hands-on experience with state-of-the-art automotive SoCs and MCUs, including for ADAS and automated driving applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and relentless desire to learn continuously.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to transfer your knowledge and expertise to others.

Bonus points (not required):

  • Experience defining software architectures for distributed embedded systems comprising multicore technologies and heterogeneous accelerators such as GPUs, FPGAs, or ASICs.Experience with Ethernet, PCI-Express, and/or MIPI interfaces.
  • Experience with the automotive development process and production programs.
  • Experience with functional decomposition and parallel computing/acceleration to meet real-time performance and low-power requirements.

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.


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