Motional is hiring a

Principal Embedded C Software Engineer - Controls - Autonomous Vehicles (L4/L5)

Pittsburgh, United States

Motional builds state-of-the-art fully autonomous vehicles. Building across software, hardware, vehicle, and cloud solutions for the car. The Drive-by-wire / Motion Controls team works on control algorithms development, to generate trajectory tracking control of different vehicle platforms provided by OEMs, embedded controller hardware bring up, and safety features (system health monitoring, backup controls when failure happens, redundant system design) to meet ASIL-D standards for autonomous driving.


The team is looking for a Principal Software Engineer to utilize their expertise in Embedded or Application C software development to architect and build a safe and flexible embedded system. In this role you will be developing application code for the AV including the ECU and vehicle interface.

Role responsibilities:

  • Software architecture design and development for controls modules that sit at the core of autonomous driving systems interfacing with vehicle directly
  • Experience in AutoSAR development, e.g., vector DaVinci, master in the tools and able to configure/perform software integration.
  • Familiar with vector tools, e.g., CANoe, CANalyzer, CANape, understand CAPL scripts and capable to configure/analyze log data.
  • In house expert on C coding guidelines, MISRA-C, mentor others, and support code reviews.  Actively bring up best software practices.


This team has a large reach internally and externally, partnering with many different groups which includes OEMs, embedded controller hardware bring up, and safety (system health monitoring, backup controls when failure happens, redundant system design) to meet ASIL-D standards for autonomous driving.  

Experience to bring:

  • C software development
  • 8+ years of controls experience
  • Writing code for embedded microcontrollers and debugging
  • Bench set-up and in-vehicle testing
  • Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, or related fields of Study. Bachelors, with Masters or PhD beneficial.


  • Infineon Aurix
  • Control system design (classic control, filters, state estimation)
  • Hardware interfaces (CAN, CAN-FD, LIN, Ethernet, UART, SPI, I2C)
  • Embedded system software and hardware debugging such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, Lauterbach
  • UDS Protocol for UDS Diagnostic, UDS Reprogramming
  • Vector vTestStudio
  • Matlab/simulink
  • Controls
  • Fault monitoring
  • Software strategy, architecture

The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a wide range of compensation factors including but not limited to specific skills, experience and expertise, role location, certifications, licenses, and business needs. The estimated compensation range listed in this job posting reflects base salary only. This role may include additional forms of compensation such as a bonus or company equity. The recruiter assigned to this role can share more information about the specific compensation and benefit details associated with this role during the hiring process. 

Candidates for certain positions are eligible to participate in Motional’s benefits program. Motional’s benefits include but are not limited to medical, dental, vision, 401k with a company match, health saving accounts, life insurance, pet insurance, and more.

Salary Range
$199,000$266,500 USD

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 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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