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Ford Motor Company

Senior Simulation Software Engineer

Palo Alto, CA


Senior Simulation Software Engineer

We are the movers of the world and the makers of the future. We get up every day, roll up our sleeves and build a better world -- together. At Ford, we're all a part of something bigger than ourselves. Are you ready to change the way the world moves?

Product Development uses design thinking & user experience methods to deliver breakthrough products and services that delight our customers. We bring innovative, exciting, and sustainable ideas to life. We have opportunities around the world for you to contribute to advancements in autonomy, electrification, smart mobility technologies, and more!

The engineer in this role will develop and maintain our scalable electronic control unit (ECU) simulation framework. You will work as a member of a team delivering virtual ECU prototyping solutions to software and control systems engineers within our product development teams. Additionally, you will collaborate with simulation tool vendors and suppliers to resolve issues and implement methodologies for heterogeneous simulation environments.

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What you'll do...

  • Evaluate technologies and methods for integration of simulations and virtual ECU platforms.
  • Develop and maintain simulation tools and environments for automotive applications.
  • Develop scripts to automate the building and running of virtual test environments.
  • Assist software development and testing teams with adopting and using virtual ECU environments.
  • Plan out project roadmap and participate in project management decisions.


You'll have...

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • 3+ years of experience in developing simulation or virtualization frameworks, or equivalent experience in system programming (e.g., operating system or game development).
  • 3+ years of experience s in C++ and Python or similar scripting language.
  • 2+ years of experience working in Agile development environments.

Even better, you may have...

  • Master's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • Experience in developing instruction-level or cycle-accurate simulation tools and environments.
  • Exposure to co-simulation and multi-domain simulation tools, integrating multiple simulators.
  • Familiarity with automotive ECUs, control systems, and communication protocols.
  • Knowledge of hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing methodologies.
  • Experience with containers, cloud, and batch computing platforms.
  • Strong problem-solving, communication, and technical writing skills.

You may not check every box, or your experience may look a little different from what we've outlined, but if you think you can bring value to Ford Motor Company, we encourage you to apply!

As an established global company, we offer the benefit of choice. You can choose what your Ford future will look like: will your story span the globe, or keep you close to home? Will your career be a deep dive into what you love, or a series of new teams and new skills? Will you be a leader, a changemaker, a technical expert, a culture builder...or all of the above? No matter what you choose, we offer a work life that works for you, including:

• Immediate medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage

• Flexible family care, parental leave, new parent ramp-up programs, subsidized back-up child care and more

• Vehicle discount program for employees and family members, and management leases

• Tuition assistance

• Established and active employee resource groups

• Paid time off for individual and team community service

• A generous schedule of paid holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year's Day

• Paid time off and the option to purchase additional vacation time.

For a detailed look at our benefits, click here:

Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.

We are 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. In the United States, if you need a reasonable accommodation for the online application process due to a disability, please call 1-888-336-0660.


Client-provided location(s): Palo Alto, CA, USA; Wayne, MI 48184, USA
Job ID: Ford-20901
Employment Type: Full Time