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Sr. HIL Automation Engineer, Autonomy



Software Engineering
Palo Alto, CA, USA · United States
Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2024

Job Description

About Rivian

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract.

As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations.

Role Summary

Join our dynamic team as a Senior HIL Automation Engineer, where you'll play a crucial role in ensuring the quality and reliability of our cutting-edge automotive software solutions. Leverage your experience to develop and execute comprehensive test plans, automate processes, and manage advanced Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) platforms. Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, contribute to the refinement of QA processes, and drive the automation of test cases. You will be essential in enhancing our test automation frameworks and ensuring optimal performance. If you're passionate about automotive software testing, possess strong communication skills, and thrive in a fast-paced environment, we encourage you to apply now!


  • Develop test plans, test cases, and QA documents based on embedded software requirements
  • Manage and optimize HiL platforms for comprehensive automated testing
  • Execute regression tests within the automated environment on a daily basis
  • Drive automation for test cases and processes
  • Establish and refine QA processes and automated pipelines
  • Create and enhance test automation frameworks and scripts
  • Integrate and leverage CI/CD tools such as GitLab and Jenkins for streamlined software development workflows
  • Contribute to CI/CD pipeline development, enabling efficient software integration, testing, and deployment
  • Collaborate with software teams, focusing on lab-based bench tests during feature development and validation
  • Track bugs, ensuring complete verification and closure
  • Provide timely status updates, aiding release readiness decisions
  • Partner cross-functionally to resolve support/field issues effectively
  • Develop and maintain HiL testing frameworks, ensuring scalability and reliability
  • Implement improvements and upgrades to existing HiL platforms for optimal performance and efficiency


  • 5+ years of Embedded/Platform Software testing experience
  • Strong expertise in scripting and programming, especially Python
  • Proficiency in Linux or QNX environments
  • Skilled in Shell Scripting (Bash, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Socket Programming, TCP/IP, and HTTP
  • Experience in testing automotive ECUs and protocols like CAN and Ethernet
  • Board-level testing proficiency
  • Experience with CD/CD tools such as GitLab and Jenkins
  • Self-motivated with cross-functional collaboration skills
  • Adaptability to dynamic development and accelerated hardware production timelines
  • Excellent communication, testing, and troubleshooting abilities
  • Bachelor's or Master's in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range for California Based Applicants: [$132,000.00 - $165,000.00] (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location, and other factors permitted by law).
Benefits Summary: Rivian provides robust medical/Rx, dental and vision insurance packages for full-time employees, their spouse or domestic partner, and children up to age 26. Coverage is effective on the first day of employment, and Rivian covers most of the premiums.

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at candidateaccommodations@rivian.com.

Candidate Data Privacy

Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law.

Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services.

Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.

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