Software & Computing Research Engineer - Palo Alto

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Software & Computing Research Engineer - Palo Alto
Palo Alto
Ford Motor Company

Job Description
The automobile is being redefined as a networked computing platform upon which an ever-evolving set of applications are being designed, creating exciting new consumer experiences. Continuing our leadership in this realm, Ford Motor Company is building technology and domain subject matter experts to evaluate and accelerate strategic solutions in the creation of a connected global user experience and personalization capabilities. Ford calls this overall initiative SMART MOBILITY, which is best characterized in the words of our CEO Mark Fields … “We are driving innovation in every part of our business to be both a product and mobility company – and, ultimately, to change the way the world moves just as our founder Henry Ford did 111 years ago.”

The ideal candidate for this Software & Computing Research Engineer position will have exceptional researching and technology experimentation skills, and the ability to work within the framework of security, privacy, usability, and reliability constraints in the automotive environment. We are looking for exceptionally creative, motivated and talented researchers to join our team to rapidly develop application prototypes and experiments, toolkits and related architectures and infrastructure.

The Software & Computing Research Engineer will be responsible to support and conduct independent investigations related to technologies underlying the Smart Mobility umbrella. The Research Engineer is expected to generate Intellectual Property and document findings. This position is focused on extensive collaboration within Ford and with external partners.

  • Perform Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Analytics research related to Smart Mobility processes and technologies.
  • Conduct experiments and Proof of Concept projects to determine the viability of ideas and technologies.
  • Generate and document intellect property (IP) as appropriate as a result of the research conducted.
  • Make recommendations for vendor partners to collaborate with on technology research.

Job Requirements:

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2+ Years of Research experience including Programming and Software Engineering practices.
  • 2+ years of experience with Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Analytics research

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering.
  • Development and Implementation of Algorithms to solve business/technical problems.
  • External research publications.
  • Awareness of IP process as evidenced by invention disclosures or patent filings.
  • Convey complex analytic techniques and results effectively to an audience of varying technical abilities.
  • Proficiency in programming and scripting languages.
  • Prior Research/Innovation experience like Hackathons, Challenges, Research Projects etc.
  • Ability to spot opportunities leveraging emerging technologies.
  • Analytical mindset with proficiency in Data Analytics/Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence.
  • Good Communication skills (Verbal and Written).

The distance between imagination and creation can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team, you discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.