Sr. Software Engineer, Software Security - Embedded Systems

Palo Alto, California
13 Oct 2018
13 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
The Role

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 vehicle 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. Today we remotely identify potential vehicle issues before a customer does-and often fix problems remotely too. To this end information and product security is of the utmost importance.

Tesla is looking for a strong software security engineer to help with the design and development of its next generations of embedded software security systems in vehicles, batteries, and charging systems. This is a highly cross-functional role, where you will work collaboratively to implement security features, assess requirements for security controls, build and design software systems to achieve those requirements efficiently, and the development of those systems. In short, as a security software engineer at Tesla, you will be responsible for helping build the embedded software that keeps all of our products secure, while providing customer-facing connected services and sophisticated remote diagnostics.

  • Design and implement security features in our embedded software systems.
  • Contribute to technical requirements, architecture, and interface design documents.
  • Design and development of real-time embedded firmware and embedded Linux software that implements security controls for the system.
  • Develop, and lead execution of test strategies and test plans.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally in the following ways:
  • Agree on product-level requirements/goals with the Product team.
  • Develop Threat Model, and design Security Controls & Mitigations with the Product Security team and Connected Services team.
  • Develop Software Security Architecture for the entire system, including component-level requirements for all computers/controllers in the system.
  • Drive execution across contributing components, with help from the Program Management team.

  • Experience in embedded development in robotics, real-time controls, or system software.
  • Proven record of designing and delivering software security systems for internet-connected embedded devices.
  • Experience incorporating hardware-based security techniques (Hardware Security modules, TrustZone, Secure Boot, etc) into a robust hardware/software system design.
  • Sound knowledge of Cryptography fundamentals and Public Key Infrastructure.
  • Extensive experience creating, presenting, and refining clear, compelling technical specifications from top-level system architecture documents down to low-level implementation guides and test plans.
  • System-level (kernel/bootloader) software development experience.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in an extremely fast-paced, collaborative environment.

  • BS, MS or PhD in CS or CE, or the equivalent in experience with evidence of exceptional ability.

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