Functional Safety Engineer

Functional Safety Engineer Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Functional Safety Engineer to join our team.


  • Interface closely with the internal safety systems team at Zoox;
  • Lead reviews on safety critical Engineering Change Requests;
  • Work with cross-functional teams designing hardware and software;
  • Work with design engineers to characterize architectures and decompose module level requirements into board level component requirements;
  • Generate safety requirements and validation plans;
  • Construct Safety Goals, Item Definitions, and Functional Safety Concept;
  • Review system architecture, sequence diagrams, and investigate failure propagation;
  • Review, approve and provide guidance for architecture proposals and design verification plans;
  • Work with system engineers to develop and document module level functional safety requirements;
  • Coordinate development timing with key Engineering and PM stakeholders;
  • Define appropriate scenarios and use-cases in accordance to the ODD;
  • Engage with suppliers and review work products to conduct detailed functional safety analysis;
  • Lead the FMEA, HARA, and ASIL analysis for vehicle functions.


  • Systems architecture design experience;
  • Analytical skills and passion for writing clear, concise, and verifiable requirements;
  • B.S. or higher degree in Aerospace, Automotive, Robotics, Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical, or Systems Engineering;
  • Strong background in hardware and software functions;
  • Knowledge and experience with ISO 26262;
  • Experience using requirements management tools such as Polarion (preferred), DOORS or Jama;
  • Experience with automotive compute and/or control systems;
  • 5+ years of Automotive or relevant safety-industry experience;
  • System development experience within standards such as: ISO-26262, DO-178C, DO-254, IEC 61508;
  • Experience with camera, radar, or lidar systems on vehicles;
  • Experience constructing FMEA, HARA, and calculating ASIL classifications;
  • Technical writing proficiency;
  • 3+ years of work experience with hazard analysis, functional decomposition, validation, and verification;
  • Collaborative team player with strong written and in-person communication skills.