Embedded Software/Firmware Engineer, Battery Management Systems (BMS)


Palo Alto, CA, USA

Full time

Software Engineering / Software Developer

Jan 10

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What to Expect

As an Embedded Software Engineer on the Battery Management System (BMS) Team, you will have the opportunity to accelerate the delivery of quality Tesla products to consumer markets. You will be responsible for architecting, designing, and implementing firmware validation procedures, equipment, and automation regarding high voltage systems. Your effort to create and spin up various automated validation infrastructures will have a direct impact on the reliability and robustness of the Tesla products as well as the customer experience. The Tesla battery team is extremely focused on the quality of users’ indicators (i.e. range, SOC, power, etc.) which directly plays into the overall experience and the safety of the system as a whole. The team strives to create robust, efficient firmware and your responsibility is to ensure the code quality extremely high. You will work within the development and integration teams to create innovative automated test systems and implement tests are on these platforms. These systems explore and validate the performance capabilities of our hardware and firmware. You will also play an important role in our future technologies roadmap, including firmware support for new products, packs, cells, etc. Seeking Engineer level, Sr. FW Engineer or Staff FW Engineer.

What You’ll Do

  • Work with various cross-functional teams to develop requirements for new BMS features, diagnostics, algorithms, etc
  • Design, implement and test cutting-edge algorithms for run-time BMS logic to derive State-of-Charge, State-of-Health, State-of-Power and State-of-Energy computations.
  • Develop Software-in-the-Loop infrastructure in a object-oriented fashion, making high degree of re-use of existing objects and objects that are highly reusable
  • Develop and enhance existing battery models to ensure Real vs. Simulation accuracy
  • Design rapid test iteration framework for developers to use for quick, at-desk spot checks
  • Develop “real world” playback mechanism for field data, integrating with existing Tesla data systems
  • Develop behavior models for various sub components of the vehicle, complete with fault insertion capability engineered in
  • Develop complex battery aging model(s) which accurately reflect true cell aging patterns

What You’ll Bring

  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or proof of exceptional skills in related fields with practical software engineering experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience (firmware engineer, embedded design and/or validation)
  • Expertise testing devices and debugging hardware (oscilloscope, logic analyzer, DMM)
  • Desire to participate in improving code robustness and designing testing infrastructure
  • Ability to think creatively and produce “outside of the box” solutions
  • Proficiency in C and C++
  • Scripting skills in at least one common language (Python, Perl, Shell)
  • Preferred: CANalyzer / CANape experience
  • Preferred: Experience in schematic design & capture (Altium Designer)
  • Preferred: Experience with FPGA or HDL (Verilog, VHDL)
  • Preferred: Background with Simulink and modeling embedded designs

Compensation and Benefits


Along with competitive pay, as a full-time Tesla employee, you are eligible for the following benefits at day 1 of hire:

  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans, both have options with a $0 paycheck contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Aetna medical plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k) with employer match, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company paid Basic Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick and Vacation time (Flex time for salary positions), and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Weight Loss and Tobacco Cessation Programs
  • Tesla Babies program
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

Expected Compensation

$104,000 - $348,000/annual salary + cash and stock awards + benefits

Pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.

Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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