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Lead Software Engineer



Software Engineering
San Jose, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2022
About Recogni
Recogni’s mission is to design a vision-oriented artificial intelligence system for autonomous vehicles from the ground up. The system will deliver unprecedented inference performance through novel edge processing, allowing vehicles to see farther and make driving decisions faster than humans while consuming minimal amounts of energy. We’re looking for self-motivated team members who crave a challenge and feel energized to roll up their sleeves and help realize Recogni’s enormous potential.

Backed by Celesta Capital, Continental, Robert Bosch, GreatPoint Ventures, Toyota AI Ventures, BMW i Ventures, The Mayfield Fund, and other leading VC partners, the company is headquartered in San Jose, California with additional operations in Munich, Germany. We value having diverse teams and want you to grow as we grow—whether you’re just starting out in your career or managing a large team, you’ll be amazed at the magnitude of your impact.
About the role
As a senior member of Recogni's software team, you will be responsible for implementing the software that runs inside a high-performance and low-power convolutional neural network accelerator ASIC that forms the core of the company's flagship perception module product for autonomous driving applications.
Running in the ASIC, this software orchestrates the computational accelerators and system interfaces to form an end-to-end vision perception module that achieves record-breaking computational performance at low power, interfacing with an autonomous vehicle's central path planning system from multiple points on the vehicle. Your responsibilities will be wide-ranging and and run the gamut of full firmware lifecycle including design, development, debugging and ongoing sustaining engineering.
  • Work as a principal technical contributor in the definition, design, implementation and verification of the embedded software of a high-performance AI-based camera and perception module for ADAS systems.
  • Utilize formal design processes to develop embedded software that meets the high-reliability and functional safety requirements of the the perception module.
  • Contribute to the selection, integration and debug of real-time operating systems (RTOS).
  • Integrate (or develop where necessary) low-level I/O drivers (e.g. Automotive Ethernet, USB, GPIO, etc.).
  • Implement cryptographic integrity checking, secure boot (with hard time-to-operational requirements) and over-the-air update lifecycle functionalities for the embedded software.
  • Collaborate with hardware engineers designing application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) in the selection of embedded CPU cores (e.g. ARM, RISC-V, etc.), as well as supporting functionality variants of those cores (e.g. MMU, MPU, VLIW vector units, etc.).
  • Perform system bringup, debugging and testing.
  • Perform requirements analysis and author high-level and detailed requirements.
  • Troubleshoot software issues and fix defects.
  • Write test specifications and integration tests.
  • Architect and maintain automated software build flows, integrate with continuous integration (CI) systems, and author scripts and utilities.


  • B.S. (M.S. preferred) in Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering or a related field.
  • 10+ years of experience developing software.
  • Excellent proficiency in C/C++ programming coupled with a genuine passion for software development.
  • Experience with low-level RTOSes (QNX, vxWorks, ThreadX, etc.) and developing device drivers for them.
  • Experience with embedded development IDEs and debuggers (gdb, lldb, etc.) and JTAG-based debugging.
  • Experience with embedded development tool-chains and cross-compilation methodologies.
  • Experience with multiprocessor-based embedded systems.
  • Experience with software architecture, development and testing best practices.
  • Experience with automated software testing systems for embedded systems.
  • Experience with with standard hardware blocks and protocols (MIPI, PCIe, USB, GPIO, I2C, SPI, UART, MMU, DMA, etc.).
  • Some experience working with safety critical systems with exposure to DO-178C or ISO 26262 preferred, but is not a must.
  • Demonstrable proficiency with test equipment relevant to embedded product development (JTAG, logic analyzers, scopes, etc.).
  • Ability to comprehend hardware specs and schematics.
  • Familiarity with version control systems (expertise in Git is strongly-preferred).
  • Self-starter and highly-motivated to work in a dynamic start-up environment.

Reasons to consider joining Recogni:

  • Ground floor opportunity with the team; be part of shaping one of the most exciting new companies.
  • Learning and development opportunities from a highly diverse and talented peer group, including experts in a wide range of fields, from Artificial Intelligence & Computer Vision to Systems & Device Engineering.
  • Competitive benefits package including 401k, Medical+Dental+Vision+Life insurance, and Short+Long Term Disability coverage
  • Perks including meals, snacks, drinks and us!
  • Sharp, motivated co-workers in a fun office environment
  • Employee Stock Plan
  • Flexible work hours & generous PTO policy
Recogni's culture was built on the following values that are equally important to us as business:
  • Put people first. We only succeed when our people succeed.
  • Ethics and integrity always; Being open, honest, and respectful of everyone.
  • Think Big. Be ambitious and have audacious goals.
  • Aim for excellence. Quality and excellence count in everything we do.
  • Own it and get it done. Results matter!
  • Make Each Person Better together than they would be as an individual.
  • Embrace each others’ differences.
  • Embrace that there will be differences.

Recogni is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that a diverse team is better at tackling complex problems and coming up with innovative solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, race, religion, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

A note to Recruitment Agencies: Please don’t reach out to Recogni employees or leaders about our roles -- we’ve got it covered. We don’t accept unsolicited agency resumes and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. Thank you for your understanding.