Staff Engineer in Validation

  • NIO
  • San Jose, CA
  • Aug 04, 2020
Engineering: All

Job Description

Overview Do you want to be part of a team that will change the future of automotive user experience? Are you passionate about delivering a quality product with innovative ideas? If so, read on! The Digital Cockpit Validation Team at NIO is responsible for testing a disruptive new automotive hardware and software platform that will deliver an amazing user experience! We provide system/subsystem testing services, including end-to-end, protocol, functionality, and performance testing. As a staff engineer, you will have unique and challenging requirements for developing and maintaining tools and techniques for delivering top class quality product. You will have to work with cross-functional teams to understand and influence product requirements and technically influence testability of those requirements across different development organizations.


  • Create, review and maintain testing assets such as test plans, test reports, test dashboard.
  • Develop automation stations, tools and techniques to improve test coverage of the product.
  • Develop Test Strategy to support and execute hardware and software subsystem testing.
  • Identify critical gaps, provide solution for continuous integration and improve operating efficiency.
  • Interacting with internal development and product teams to influence testability of the product.
  • Hands on testing and debugging complex product configurations.
  • Mentor and train others in validation organization.


  • BS/MS Degree in Computer or Electrical Engineering.
  • BS/MS in Computer Science or other degree with relevant hardware experience.
  •  7+ years of working experience as a Validation or System Test Engineer/Lead.
  • Expert in Quality Assurance methodologies.
  • Expert in testing Embedded System Software and good knowledge of Hardware components and microcontrollers (MCU).
  • Expert script language developer (Python, Perl, shell scripts, etc.).
  • Experience with common communication protocols (USB, SPI, I2C, UART, etc).
  • Experience with wireless protocols (e.g. WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC) and networking stacks.
  • Experience in Agile Software Development Lifecycle
  • Expert in designing automation test framework.
  • Expert in developing system/subsystem test plans and reports.
  • Expert in hardware, software, and I/O testing.
  • Expert in testing under Windows, Linux, Android, and one or more RTOS.
  • Expert in debugging system issues.
  • Proficiency with bug tracking systems.
  • Proficiency with software toolchains, build systems and version control.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, results-oriented.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience in multi-site development organizations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with QNX
  • Experience with automotive communication protocol (e.g. CAN, Ethernet).
  • Experience with testing in Automotive industry
  • Experience with tools like CANoe and PCAN
  • Proficient with vehicle network (CAN, LIN, Ethernet) and protocols like UDS, DoIP, etc.
  • Experience with ISO 26262 or other safety standards
About NIO    NIO Inc. is a pioneer in China’s premium smart electric vehicle market. Founded in November 2014, NIO’s mission is to shape a joyful lifestyle. NIO aims to build a community starting with smart electric vehicles to share joy and grow together with users. NIO designs, jointly manufactures, and sells smart premium electric vehicles, driving innovations in next-generation technologies in connectivity, autonomous driving, and artificial intelligence. Redefining the user experience, NIO provides users with comprehensive and convenient power solutions, innovative Battery as a Service (BaaS) program, and other user-centric services. NIO began deliveries of the ES8, a 7-seater flagship premium electric SUV, in China in June 2018, and its variant, the 6-seater ES8, in March 2019. NIO officially launched the ES6, a 5-seater high-performance premium electric SUV, in December 2018 and began deliveries of the ES6 in June 2019. NIO officially launched the EC6, a 5-seater premium electric coupe SUV, in December 2019 and began deliveries of the EC6 in September 2020.
Equal Employment Opportunity   NIO is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, present or past history of mental disability, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law. NIO US is an E-Verify employer.

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