Automotive Technology Scout

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Automotive Technology Scout
Palo Alto
Ford Motor Company

Job Description
The Automotive Technology Scouting position is offered by Ford Motor Company in Palo Alto, CA. Ford Motor Company is moving into a new phase of its 100+ year history, one in which openness is at the heart of its future. The automobile is being redefined as an automated mobility platform upon which an ever-evolving set of applications is being designed.

We are a research lab within Ford that is investigating computing platforms, software & hardware architectures, sensors, and algorithms for next generation active safety, autonomous vehicle technologies and all other technologies associated with a vehicle. Candidates for consideration will be responsible for technology scouting and supporting R&D efforts in automated vehicle technologies, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, sensors (lidar, radar, cameras, etc.) and other technologies associated with vehicles and mobility.

Ideal candidates are exceptionally creative, motivated, and talented engineers with strong interdisciplinary backgrounds. We collaborate extensively within Ford and with external partners, thus we require exceptional communication and collaborative skills. The candidate will evangelize Ford in Silicon Valley and connect Ford with the Silicon Valley ecosystem.

  • Identify new technologies and opportunities pertinent to autonomous vehicles (sensing, computing, software, algorithms, services, etc.)
  • Proactively perform reconnaissance and engage with new startups which can provide relevant technologies; track, document and assess relevant technology developments
  • Perform technical due diligence, execute rapid proof-of-concept projects to prove out new technologies, and present findings to management as needed
  • Support Ford Research & Innovation Center Palo Alto’s interdisciplinary portfolio of projects and foster an environment of open innovation

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Science or related field
  • 2+ years of experience working with one or more of the following technologies (embedding computing, CPU, GPU, FPGA, LiDAR, radar, cameras, GPS, INS, localization, ultrasonic, cybersecurity, light-weight materials, additive manufacturing, lighting, semiconductors, SaaS, machine learning.)
  • 2+ years of experience with systems engineering; hardware and software
  • 2+ years of experience carrying out independent research and lead projects

Preferred Qualifications:
  • M.S. or PhD in Engineering or Computer Science
  • M.B.A.
  • 2+ years of experience demonstrating outstanding technical communication skills: written, visual, and oral
  • 5+ years of experience with a working knowledge of wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, WiFi, DSRC
  • 5+ years of experience in executing a project from inception to finish across multiple disciplines, e.g., dealing with sensor hardware, data acquisition and analysis, mathematical modeling, algorithm development, application implementation, etc.
  • Startup, incubator or venture capital experience a plus
  • Experience at a Tier 1 or Tier 2 automotive supplier a plus
  • Technical document development experience
  • Experience with the Silicon Valley technological ecosystem
  • Ideal candidates should be able to demonstrate leadership in One FORD (leadership) behaviors combined with superb interpersonal, teambuilding, and communication skills
  • Experience presenting at conferences and meetings

The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team 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.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not 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.