Controls Engineer

  • San Francisco
  • Advanced Product Development
  • Full Time
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Job Summary

The Advanced Product Development team creates transformative battery designs and novel product concepts that will accelerate global electric vehicle adoption and energy decarbonization.

Your role as a Controls Engineer will focus on the architecture and development of firmware needed to integrate advanced energy storage products into road vehicles. You will generate and explore new ideas from concept to on-vehicle integration, enabling high-performance EV packs for internal and customer-driven development programs. You will pursue more effective power management algorithms, system communications strategies, and hardware implementation.

The ideal candidate will have a broad background in vehicle systems and model-based controls, with experience developing and integrating code in a variety of prototype vehicles.

We are looking for passionate engineers who share our values. Our team is comprised of various integrated disciplines, including mechanical, structural, thermal, electrical, and software. Therefore, clear communication and collaboration in group settings is critical to the team in solving problems quickly and efficiently.

You should enjoy working in a small team where you will own substantial and critical parts of the final product. We are working on groundbreaking technologies, so you’ll be energetic, adaptable, and a fast learner who can make quick design judgments with limited information. As a founding member of this group, you will also play a crucial role in growing the team to meet continuously evolving challenges.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Controls Development

  • Assist in defining controls architecture, platform, and functionality

  • Create control algorithms for systems in Matlab / Simulink / Stateflow / C

  • Develop and test controls performance from model to bench to vehicle

  • Develop and adapt automotive CAN / CANFD / ethernet communications

  • Author automotive J1939/UDS diagnostics and services

System Simulation and Modeling

  • Formulate multi-domain models of mechanical, thermal, hydraulic, and electronic systems

  • Analyze important performance metrics and system specifications from model results

  • Model correlation and validation to test data

  • Use models to develop and test controls algorithms

System Hardware Specification

  • Support design, selection, and integration of electronic components

  • Communicate mechanical requirements of system to design staff

  • Identify controller hardware to meet I/O and computational requirements

  • Communicate wiring and connector requirements to support harness builds

System Testing and Data Acquisition

  • Develop test plans and test cases

  • Specify instrumentation and data acquisition system

  • Perform test procedures; troubleshoot test environment and instrumentation

  • Process and analyze test data; test report generation

  • Provide analysis, insight, and feedback for development

Within 3 months you will:

  • Support the control system development of a prototype next-generation battery pack

  • Help develop controls models and contribute to subsystem development

  • Support pack-to-vehicle integration and debugging

  • Develop internal design tools and capabilities to accelerate future projects

  • Become familiar with the ONE team and established products

Within 6 months you will:

  • Collaboratively architect and controls schemes of follow-on pack products

  • Take ownership of critical subsystems and models

  • Collaborate with other system disciplines to plan and execute overall project delivery

  • Guide high-level design discussions for our current and future product concepts

  • Mentor junior engineers on prototyping and best practices

Desired Qualifications

  • BS or MS in Automotive, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Electrical Engineering

  • 2-5 years experience, preferably in automotive, electric vehicles

  • Experience with Matlab/Simulink for embedded control systems development a must

  • Development software and tools for embedded systems (OpenECU/MotoTron/MotoHawk, dSPACE MABX, Vector CANape/CANalyzer)

  • Embedded C code development capability

  • Familiarity with communication protocols (CAN, Ethernet, LIN, Wireless 802.11, DSRC)

  • Data acquisition hardware and software experience

  • Vehicle and system troubleshooting experience

  • Electric and Hybrid vehicle architecture

  • Electrical/Mechanical/Hydraulic/Pneumatic system design, control, and simulation

  • Vehicle and platform robotics experience

  • Experience in dynamic modeling, machine learning and statistical algorithm design

  • Experience in developing and validating state estimation using EKFs or similar

  • Functional Safety / ASPICE development experience

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and must be able to design and conduct complex experiments.

  • Experience working in an R&D prototype development environment

  • Strong written/verbal communication and organizational skills

We encourage you to apply even if you don’t match every requirement posted for this role. No candidate will be a perfect match to our description, so if you are passionate about working on batteries, vehicle electrification, or decarbonizing energy and have similar experience to what we are looking for, we encourage you to apply. Diverse backgrounds and experiences promote innovation, and our goal is to build a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sit at a desk and work on a computer for prolonged periods of time

  • Walk/move around and/or travel as needed

Work Schedule

  • Full-time 40 hours and generally scheduled Monday through Friday 9am-6pm

  • Flexible work schedule and environment, see company policy if applicable.

  • Work schedule to be established with supervisor to ensure Company’s client and business needs are met


Our Next Energy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of Sex or Gender identity, Mental disability or physical disability, Religion, Age, National origin or ethnicity, Sexual orientation, Marital status, Veteran status or Parental status.

Our Next Energy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of Sex or gender identity, Mental disability or physical disability, Religion, Age, National origin or ethnicity, Sexual orientation, Marital status, Veteran status or Parental status.

Depending on your specific placement, you may be required to prove that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated. ONE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and reasonable accommodations will be considered.