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Ford Motor Company AI/ML Research Software Development Engineer in Dearborn, Michigan


Job Title:

AI/ML Research Software Development Engineer

Job Description & Qualifications:

At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow’s transportation.

Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering team explores new vehicle and societal innovations that require some level of invention before they can be applied to our products and services. The team is building on a history of Ford innovation, including our invention of the three-way catalytic converter to modernize vehicle emissions controls in the 1970s and the world’s first rear inflatable seat belts in 2010.

Today, we are exploring and delivering ways to make smarter vehicles and our transportation system more efficient to improve people’s lives by helping them move more freely, safely and enjoyably. For example, we are changing how our products are made by creating high-quality vehicles in an environmentally and socially responsible way, including the use sustainable materials. Since 2000, we have used 12 industry and world-first plant-based materials in our production vehicles. We also are researching the possible use of tomato skin, bamboo, agave fiber, dandelion roots, algae and coffee chaff as part of our ambitious goal of making our vehicles with up of 20 percent sustainable material by 2025.

What you will be able to do

You will perform a critical role in advancing the leading-edge application software research needed to deliver in-vehicle software platforms, components, and prototypes that drive emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML)/Computer Vision applications. You will:

  • Work closely with research and production core algorithm teams to prototype, componentize and deploy AI/ML frameworks, runtimes and applications on vehicle architectures

  • Craft “best in industry” research to production deployment

  • Maintain knowledge of emerging advancements for both automotive and automotive enabling AI/ML/Computer Vision applications and core technologies

  • Develop and maintain software/hardware integration components and development environments

  • Develop, evaluate and test software and hardware components for production readiness

  • Participate in technical workshops to identify innovations that enable software development and vehicle advancements in AI/ML/Computer Vision

  • Limited travel to cover business critical Software Conferences, Industry or Vendor Events or collaborate with remote locations

The minimum requirements we seek

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or Natural Sciences

  • 3+ years of software development experience with C++ (coursework/internship/co-op allowed)

  • 3+ years of experience working with embedded operating systems (e.g. QNX, Linux) (coursework/internship/co-op allowed)

  • 2+ years of experience with software development lifecycle (e.g. Agile, Waterfall) (internship/co-op allowed)

  • 1+ year of experience with Machine Learning, Deep Learning and/or Computer Vision frameworks and libraries (e.g. OpenCV, TensorFlow, PyTorch, Caffe2, Keras) (coursework/internship/co-op allowed)

Our preferred requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science

  • 5+ years of experience developing automotive software solutions

  • 3+ years of experience developing AI/ML/computer vision applications

  • 1+ year of technical project management experience

  • 1+ year experience with Android

  • Experience with embedded target deployment of models (e.g. ONNX, Caffe, Caffe2, Tensorflow, etc.), along with understanding of CPU vs. GPU vs. DSP vs. custom accelerator tradeoffs

  • 1+ year of experience making formal, written presentations to teams and management

  • Proficiency with scripting languages (e.g., Python, etc.)

  • Familiarity with software architecture

  • Experience with continuous integration tools (e.g., Jenkins, etc.), version control systems (e.g., GitHub, etc.), unit testing frameworks (e.g., gtest, etc.), containers (e.g., Docker, etc.), static and dynamic code analysis tools (e.g. clang-tidy, Valgrind, etc.), debugging tools (e.g. gdb, etc.) and code beautify tools (e.g. clangformat, etc.)

  • Ability to think strategically while integrating customer use cases and complex interactions

  • Self-motivated, results-oriented with a passion for leading-edge technologies and emerging software trends

  • Proven success identifying new software concepts and developing a rapid prototype environment

  • Ability to develop a work plan and lead a software/hardware rapid prototype project

What you will receive in return

As part of the Ford family, you will enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You will also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.

If you have what it takes to help us redefine the future of mobility, we would love to have you join us.

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, TN visa holders may be considered.

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.

For information on Ford’s benefits and compensation, click here: https://corporate.ford.com/content/dam/corporate/us/en-us/documents/careers/2021- benefits-and-comp-GSR-sal-plan-1.pdf

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Ford Motor Company


Product Development

Skill Team:

Research & Advanced Engineering (R&A)


Research & Advanced Engrg