Sr. Software Engineer, Tech Lead – Mapping and Localization


  • Full Time

About Cyngn

Based in Menlo Park, CA, Cyngn is a publicly-traded autonomous vehicle company. Whether at a warehouse floor, mine, or construction site, our self-driving technology can be deployed at a variety of commercial domains, across a variety of vehicle form-factors. To build this emergent technology, we are looking for innovative, motivated, and experienced leaders to join our team and move this field forward. If you like to build, tinker, and create with a team of trusted and passionate colleagues, then Cyngn is the place for you. Key reasons to join Cyngn:

We are Small and Big.
With under 100 employees, Cyngn is still a company that operates with the energy of a startup. On the other hand, we are publicly traded. Combined, our employees not only work in close-knit teams with close mentorship from company leaders, they also get access to the liquidity of our publicly-traded equity. This gives our small team the opportunity to make a big impact in industries that other people aren’t touching — without taking on the risks associated with untested organizations.
We Build Today and Deploy Tomorrow.
Our employees aren’t just researchers but are creating reality. In other words, the autonomous vehicles we’re building are designed to go to real clients right away. We are driven by our passion for innovation and the ability to see the entire product and the real impact of our work out in the real world. At Cyngn, the distance between the theoretical and the actual is razor-thin.

We aren’t robots. We just build them.
Go read our glassdoor reviews and you’ll find that one of the best things about working here is the people. We are an inclusive, diverse team of top talent with exceptional synergy. We thrive on open collaboration and a trusting and creative work environment that is fueled by our passion for the industry. At Cyngn, everyone’s voice is valued and each of our unique perspectives is celebrated. It’s the people that allow our company to continue to grow bigger and better every day.

About This Role
As a Senior Mapping & Localization Software Engineer, you will research, design, develop and maintain our large-scale mapping and real-time localization subsystems. You will work on a small, highly focused team producing high-quality software that powers the next generation of our autonomous vehicles operating in complex indoor and outdoor environments.

Candidates for this position will also be considered for Tech-lead distinction as well as future people management.




  • Prototype, design, develop, and deploy software for mapping and localization subsystems
  • Build infrastructure for continuous testing, performance validation, and system maintenance
  • Balance research, cross-domain resources, and product-driven milestones while producing robust, well-tested code
  • Stay abreast of relevant state-of-the-art technologies and research community advances to inform potential system improvements



  • MS/Ph.D. in Computer Science, Robotics, similar technical field of study, or equivalent practical experience
  • 3+ years experience writing C++ code in a production environment — unit testing, code review, algorithm performance, trade-offs, etc.
  • Proven experience designing, implementing, and extending novel algorithms
  • Deep understanding of state estimation techniques, SLAM, and 3D geometric computer vision (nonlinear optimization, probabilistic filtering, and machine learning)
  • Experience working with data from various sensor types – IMU, LiDAR, cameras, GPS, wheel encoders, etc.
  • Exposure to modern software development version control and project management tools – Git, Jira, etc.
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills

    Bonus Qualifications


  • Experience with autonomous robotic vehicles
  • Experience working with ROS to design, build, and operate robotic systems
  • Exposure to techniques for automating the detection of map changes and performing updates in highly dynamic environments
  • Experience designing metrics for algorithm validation
  • Experience with real-time sensor calibration and sensor misalignment algorithms
  • Salary range


  • $180,000 to $240,000 base salary (highly experienced)