Firmware QA Engineer

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To connect the world, we must reflect the world. At Virgin Hyperloop, we’re bringing together unique perspectives, empowering our community to celebrate all voices, and creating equal opportunities to build, grow, and thrive. 


As a Firmware Quality Assurance Engineer at Virgin Hyperloop, you will be responsible for assuring control of software development and deployment throughout the software lifecycle. You will work closely with embedded software, machine intelligence, electrical design, manufacturing, and suppliers to influence the architecture, requirements, design, and testing.

  • Create and deploy project specific Software Quality Assurance Plan
  • Define, maintain, & apply quality processes for the software development life cycle within the engineering team
  • Develop and incorporate policies and procedures that support adherence to EN50128 or equivalent
  • Support and coordinate activities related to information security management ISO 27001
  • Review and validate software design requirements, FMEA, and hazard analysis
  • Perform white box and black box testing to verify products meet or exceed specifications
  • Develop automated and manual tests, reporting and verifying defects, and signing-off on release candidates
  • Identify and implement new methods to test the scalability and correctness of large-scale distributed systems
  • Port and execute tests to run on a wide variety of operating systems and real-time embedded platforms
  • Develop and maintain test automation frameworks
  • Evaluate and analyze performance
  • Effectively execute supplier audits and source inspection for hardware (PCB/PWB/Wire Harness)
  • Review source code and provide technical feedback and solutions alternatives
  • Support software design reviews, audits, program meetings, and configuration control board meetings
  • Perform process audits of software development processes to assure compliance to established policies
  • Witness execution of software qualification and system acceptance tests to ensure tests are executed in accordance with approved test procedures and requirements are fully verified
  • Facilitate thorough root cause analysis on major findings and ensure appropriate corrective and preventive actions
  • Bachelor's in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering or another related field or equivalent work experience
  • 5+ years of professional experience as a test engineer with experience testing both software and hardware
  • 5+ years related experience as a validation engineer
  • Advanced experience with Agile and Scrum methodology
  • Experience working within ISO and EN standards such as 50128, 50129, 50126
  • Advanced experience working with Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Software 2 thru 4
  • Experience with root cause analysis, failure mode analysis, verification, and validation
  • Experience working with statistical tools including basic statistical inference, graphical methods, and regression
  • SW programming background with applied knowledge of C, C++ preferred
  • Extensive knowledge working with complex embedded systems
  • Experience in manual and automation testing
  • Experience programmatically testing products, measuring test coverage, developing automation, driving testability & diagnostic ability into the product, while promoting best practices in quality
  • Extensive knowledge using JIRA, GITHUB, JAMA, ZENHUB or similar version control, development, & bug tracking tools


  • Our Benefits: medical (including infertility & mental health), dental, vision, life, FSA, HSA, 401k, and more 
  • Your Wellbeingflexible work schedules, unlimited PTO, and 16 weeks of paid parental leave
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We're located in the Arts District, an up-and-coming neighborhood with new hotels, restaurants, and breweries—and just minutes away from Downtown LA!

An Insider's view of Virgin Hyperloop

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office gives the feeling of excitement and energy every day. You can see it through the passionate discussions about engineering, marketing or any field. The people really bring a level of passion and energy that makes it one of the best places to work. The dog-friendly culture also helps soothe our nerves after any intense discussions!


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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

My job is based around collaboration with other teams. When a team needs to optimize their workflow or day-to-day operations, I gather requirements from them to find solutions to best suit their needs. I love being able to make this easier and simpler for other teams.


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How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I am probably a unique example having only worked for the company for six months and already having the opportunity to start in the Dubai office and then be seconded to the Los Angeles Headquarters. Relentless focus on making a difference, impacting positive change, and putting safety first have already given me great opportunities with VHO.


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What are some things you learned at the company?

I have learned how to model the dynamics of our pod and how the different EM systems generate forces that control its motion. I extended my knowledge into multi-body dynamics which is needed to simulate the motion of the vehicle through curvilinear trajectories. I have learned how to develop my own in-house simulation tools and use CAE tools.


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What are Virgin Hyperloop Perks + Benefits

Virgin Hyperloop Benefits Overview

We place great value in our employees' work-life balance, so our office is full of great perks to make you feel right at home. We've got catered lunches, snacks, coffee and drinks every day so employees can enjoy all three meals at work. Our office also has full showers, towels and lockers along with on-site barber visits, dry cleaning service, and mobile car wash services. Our employees enjoy premium quality medical insurance, as well as stock options with early exercise option. Also, we're dog-friendly!

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
VHO employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 100% of annual salary with no maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 3x an employee's annual salary. Additionally, we offer the ability to purchase additional Supplemental Life & AD&D insurance to protect yourself, your spouse & children.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
We have employee-lead group workout sessions after work!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
VHO offers up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave to eligible employees who become parents through birth, surrogacy, adoption, or foster care
Flexible Work Schedule
VHO provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times.
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Hourly employees receive between 15 and 20 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 48 hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Virgin Hyperloop One hosts company outings semi-annually. Our most recent team-building was at a Dodgers game!
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
We offer employees free on-site garage parking.
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Eligible company positions are offered relocation assistance.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Our lunch and learns focus on our recent technology, business opportunities, and potential partnerships.
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