Staff Machine Learning Engineer, Software Vehicle Controls

    • Rivian
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Posted 60+ days ago | Updated 8 hours ago


On Site
USD 205,000.00 - 236,000.00 per year
Full Time


Big data
Deep learning
Computer science
Apache Spark
Machine Learning (ML)
Mathematical modeling
Time series
Energy management
Data security
Social media
VMware Infrastructure
Information security
Cloud computing
Law enforcement

Job Details

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

At Rivian, our mission revolves around developing vehicles powered by software and data. As a Staff Machine Learning Engineer, you will be a crucial part of our team, working alongside engineers, data scientists, and domain experts to build models at scale, predict vehicle performance, and optimize SW parameters throughout the vehicle's lifetime. We leverage the power of big data collected from our extensive customer and commercial fleets to achieve this.

Your responsibilities will include the development of sophisticated machine-learning models, strategically leveraging the data harvested from vehicle telemetry. As a Staff Machine Learning Engineer at Rivian, you will contribute significantly to our commitment to pushing the frontiers of technological innovation in the automotive sector.


  • As a member of the Vehicle Controls team, you will design, implement, and optimize deep learning dataset generation, training, and evaluation tools and infrastructure to advance the state of the art in vehicle online optimizations.
  • Develop domain-specific digital twins in collaboration with vehicle controls SW engineers to mimic and adapt electric vehicles' overall performance.
  • Develop statistical and machine learning models for estimating trip energy consumption, charging behavior, battery aging, and remaining useful life.
  • Ship and deploy ML models for various vehicle domains to enhance electric vehicles' efficiency across different operating conditions.
  • Work cross-functionally with domain experts and other data stakeholders to specify, implement, and deliver meaningful insights for electric vehicle controls and propulsion.
  • Foster collaboration among engineering peers by creating well-structured, adaptable designs and code that promote teamwork and practical solutions.
  • Demonstrate your ability to facilitate consensus during complex technical discussions, ensuring that we maintain a productive and cooperative working environment.
  • Build deep learning models to enhance vehicle calibrations throughout its lifetime.


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Machine Learning, Engineering, Computer Science, or related STEM disciplines.
  • 5+ years of industry experience in ML systems.
  • Expert-level proficiency in Python and Apache Spark.
  • In-depth understanding of statistical and machine learning concepts, including deep and reinforcement learning.
  • Strong knowledge in mathematical modeling, RNNs, CNNs, Transformers, LSTMs, reinforcement learning, imitation learning, GANs, and time-series analysis and modeling of dynamic systems.
  • Understanding electric vehicle controls and propulsion, encompassing high-voltage batteries, energy management, charging, or vehicle suspension.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Outstanding team player, capable of building consensus in a dynamic environment.
  • Proven ability to provide direction, guidance, and hands-on support to drive results.

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range/Hourly Rate for California Based Applicants: $205,000.00 - $236,000.00 (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 .

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