Software Security Engineer - Embedded Systems and IoT

Software Security Engineer - Embedded Systems and IoT

Palo Alto, California
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Tesla's Mission is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy.


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 Model S and Model X 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. We also build tools for our internal sales, delivery, and service teams. 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 software engineer to design 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 agree on a vision of the product's functionality, assess requirements for security controls, architect software systems to achieve those requirements efficiently, and lead development of those systems. In short, you will be responsible for designing the embedded software that keeps all of our products secure, while providing customer-facing connected services and sophisticated remote diagnostics.


  • Execute the vision and strategy for security in our embedded software systems.

  • Contribute to technical requirements, architecture, and interface design documents.

  • Design and develop real-time embedded firmware and embedded Linux software that implements security controls for the system.

  • Develop test strategies and test plans.

  • Collaborate cross-functionally in the following ways:

    • Agree on product-level requirements/goals with the development teams.

    • 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 of 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.

  • Expertise in 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.

  • Greater than 10 years’ experience designing secure software systems.


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


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About Tesla

Tesla is accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. We design, manufacture, sell and service the world’s best solar technology, energy storage systems, and electric vehicles, providing customers the opportunity to generate, store and consume energy entirely sustainably.

Tesla is committed to hiring and developing top talent from around the world for any given discipline. Based in California, Tesla’s workforce spans across four continents. We work to build an inclusive environment in which all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, or background, can come to do their best work.

Our world-class teams operate with a non-conventional philosophy of inter-disciplinary collaboration. Each member of the team is expected to challenge and to be challenged, to create, and to innovate. We’re tackling the world’s most difficult and important problems—and we wouldn’t succeed without our shared passion for making the world a better place.

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