Tesla Motors: Software Engineer – Palo Alto, CA
Tesla Motors intends to spark the public’s passion and eco-conscience for electric vehicles. We are looking for a highly motivated software engineer specializing in server-side software and backend development. Other car companies have talked for years about a future of “connected cars.” At Tesla, we make it happen. We regularly send over-the-air software updates to our Model S and Model X fleet, seamlessly delivering new features and improvements to our customers. Our mobile applications allow customers to interact with their cars via real-time, low-latency two-way communication. We also build tools for our internal sales, delivery, and service teams. Today we remotely identify potential vehicle issues before a customer does—and often fix problems remotely too.
You will join a small, expert team building server-side software for the systems that connect Tesla and our clients to our cars, superchargers, and energy storage products. The ideal candidate will have a passion for building world-class software and a track record of success creating highly successful web applications or scalable messaging systems. You will need strong software engineering skills, excellent interpersonal communication, and experience accepting and giving meaningful feedback on technical designs and pull requests.
Software Engineer Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in CS, CE, EE or the equivalent in experience and evidence of exceptional ability
- Expertise in modern web technologies and frameworks, preferably Go.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills
- Smart but humble, with a bias for action
- Design and build scalable, high-availability mission-critical systems and APIs
- Solve problems using distributed, asynchronous messaging
- Work closely with product develops and datacenter
Job Title: Tesla Motors Software Engineer
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Job Type: Employee
About Tesla Motors
Tesla Motors intends to spark the public’s passion and eco-conscience for electric vehicles. Founded in 2003, the company designs, manufactures, and markets high-performance electric cars and powertrain components. Tesla stylish Roadster is its flagship model, which the company continues to upgrade. The Roadster’s operating specs include zero to 60 in less than four seconds and a top speed of 125 mph. The fuel-efficient, fully electric vehicle recharges its lithium-ion batteries from an outlet, and, depending on a driver’s speed, is capable of 245 miles per charge. Roadsters are based on Lotus’ Elise model; their UK assembly is shifting to a California facility. In mid-2010 Tesla became a publicly-held company.
Looking ahead, Tesla is focused on boosting revenues by expanding its line of automobiles. Its strategy includes developing new electric vehicles, such as the Model S and Model X, for a wider consumer base. To that end, Tesla acquired the NUMMI (an acronym for New United Motor Manufacturing) assembly plant in California, formerly operated via a Toyota-GM joint venture, for $42 million. Tesla intends to leverage the former NUMMI’s resources to build the Model S and other planned vehicles. The plant’s strategic location in a decidedly pro-green state promises a built-in market for Tesla’s electric offerings. Tesla intends to launch its Model S by mid-2012; its Model X, a crossover built on the Model S platform, is expected to follow.
The company is also focused on developing electric vehicles and components alongside other carmakers. Tesla, which recently received a $50 million private placement of its stock from Toyota, teamed up with the #1 automaker to jointly develop electric vehicles and share production techniques. In a separate agreement, Tesla signed on to develop an electric powertrain for Toyota’s RAV4 compact SUV.
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