Sr./Staff OS Kernel Developer


  • Full Time

NIO is a global company with R&D offices in China, North America, Germany, and UK. NIO is the leader of intelligent Electronic Vehicle (EV) industry in China, which is the largest, fastest growing EV market in the world, and is also rapidly expanding its business worldwide.
Digital Systems department at NIO is responsible for building highly reliable, secure, and scalable infrastructure and platforms for intelligent and fully autonomous driving vehicles, and its scope ranges from vehicle operating system software platform, central computer and SOA-based digital architecture, automation simulation test platforms, cyber security, vehicle cloud & connectivity.
A primary mission of Digital Systems North America R&D Center is to lead the research and development of industry-leading operating systems for autonomous driving vehicles (NVOS – NIO Vehicle Operating System) from the ground up. This is an opportunity to solve a wide range of technical challenges, such as building a high-performance & secure OS based on microkernel architecture, deeply customized Linux and in-house hypervisor for automobile-grade safety, seamless app development on heterogeneous hardware chipsets, low-latency and high throughput data processing, powerful AI framework, and complete toolchains to supply Android-like development experiences.
We are looking for a proficient OS kernel Developer in North America R&D Center to help accelerate bringing innovation to mass production for NVOS.




  • Design & implement microkernel/Linux based OS for a wide variety of on-car applications for autonomous driving vehicles
  • Characterize & optimize OS functions for real time, high performance, security, and functional safety
  • Socialize designs and implementations with the team.
  • Lead by example, regularly acting as a mentor and mentee for team growth.



  • BS, MS, or PhD inComputer Engineering / Software Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Computer Science or equivalent.
  • 7+ years of Embedded Linux Development Experience.
  • Experience in Linux Kernel Development.
  • Experience in Embedded Development in Assembly, C, C++.
  • Excellent knowledge of OS coding techniques, IP protocols, interfaces and hardware subsystems.
  • Proven experience in embedded multi-core systems design with preemptive, multitasking real-time operating systems.
  • Experience with Linux kernel performance tuning and optimization.
  • Experience in initial board bring up on new hardware, preferably for ARM-based processors.
  • Experience in Customization bootloader and Linux operating system for embedded platforms.
  • Hands on software and hardware testing and debugging experience.
  • Ability to work within a global team environment successfully and effectively.

    Preferred Qualifications:


  • Linux RT
  • USB software stack
  • Experience developing developer frameworks and tools.
  • Knowledge of security in embedded systems.
  • Proficiency in the use of debugging tools like H/W debuggers, logic analyzers, and oscilloscopes.


    About NIO    
    NIO Inc. is a pioneer in China’s premium smart electric vehicle market. Founded in November 2014, NIO’s mission is to shape a joyful lifestyle. NIO aims to build a community starting with smart electric vehicles to share joy and grow together with users. NIO designs, jointly manufactures, and sells smart premium electric vehicles, driving innovations in next-generation technologies in connectivity, autonomous driving, and artificial intelligence. Redefining the user experience, NIO provides users with comprehensive and convenient power solutions, innovative Battery as a Service (BaaS) program, and other user-centric services. NIO began deliveries of the ES8, a 7-seater flagship premium electric SUV, in China in June 2018, and its variant, the 6-seater ES8, in March 2019. NIO officially launched the ES6, a 5-seater high-performance premium electric SUV, in December 2018 and began deliveries of the ES6 in June 2019. NIO officially launched the EC6, a 5-seater premium electric coupe SUV, in December 2019 and began deliveries of the EC6 in September 2020.
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