Lidar Test & Characterization Engineer

Mountain View, CA
About us:
Aeva is building the next generation of sensing and perception for autonomous vehicles and beyond. With its unique ability to measure instantaneous velocity for each pixel, long-range performance at high resolutions, while being free from LiDAR or sunlight interference, Aeva’s 4D LiDAR is built from the ground up at silicon photonics scale for mass-market applications.

Role Overview:
Aeva is seeking to hire a skilled Lidar test and characterization engineer to join our growing team! This position involves being part of a team to comprehensively test and characterize Lidar's performance across a spectrum of use cases, environmental conditions, and potential aggressors. Responsibilities will include identifying, characterizing, and root-causing Lidar artifacts. The role also involves interacting with customers and collaborating with Aeva’s HW and SW engineering development teams.

What you'll do

  • Validate that the Lidar can meet the capability requirements consistent with the customer’s intent
  • Proactively and comprehensively characterize (i.e. test, simulate, and analyses) Aeva Lidars: per point performance, performance vs. Use Cases, environmental interactions, susceptibility to aggressors, impairments, and artifacts
  • Characterize the performance of all Aeva data products - e.g. point cloud, time stamping and frame/trigger synch, intrinsic, extrinsic, and online calibration, ego-motion estimation, point cloud motion compensation, and perception products
  • Respond to the Customer’s performance concerns, including replicating, root causing, and developing solution roadmaps

What you have

  • BS with 2+ years working experience in characterization testing, simulation, and analysis of Optical and/or RF sensor systems
  • Background and experience in the development, lab-level testing, and analysis of optical systems
  • Experience working with automated test SW, and a proficiency in Matlab and/or Python
  • Background in digital signal processing for Optical or RF systems
  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects at the same time with proven success in meeting deadlines


  • MS or Ph.D. in Optics / Photonics or Systems Engineering
  • Knowledge and experience with systems engineering
  • Knowledge of photonics elements and their integration including PICs - different material platforms, types of lasers, types of optical amplifiers, types of detectors, and free-space optics
  • Knowledge and experience with automotive standards
  • Knowledge and experience with reliability and qualification testing
  • Knowledge and experience with optical, silicon, electrical, and mechanical manufacturing processes and testing from wafer level to module level FATP

What's in it for you

  • Be part of a fast-paced and dynamic team
  • Very competitive compensation and meaningful stock grants
  • Exceptional benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, and more
  • Unlimited PTO: We care about results, not punching timecards

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