Senior Vehicle Network Architect

Phoenix, Arizona


You’re passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special. You want to own your space but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects. The pace doesn’t scare you; it excites you. Quality and integrity matter to you.

We feel exactly the same way.

We are currently on the lookout for a Senior Vehicle Network Architect who will be responsible for the calibration and system validation of electronic control units in Nikola’s Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle platform.  As Nikola’s FCEV Network Architect, you will have broad influence throughout the entire project while disrupting the status quo as we secure a zero-emissions future with our hydrogen fuel cell electric, class 8 semi-truck.

You Will:

  • Create and maintain communication network data and artifacts (Ethernet, CAN/CANFD, LIN)
  • Develop network design verification test plans at the ECU and vehicle level
  • Conduct network simulations for analyzing and optimizing bus loading and message latency
  • Collaborate with FuSa and Controls experts to ensure proper arbitration based on safety and priority
  • Manage vehicle level diagnostics and routines
  • Interact with suppliers to define interfaces and create commonality practices
  • Execute vehicle integration, design reviews, and related documentation
  • Contribute to the development of Nikola fuel cell electric vehicle technology by participating in both control design workshops and DFMEAs
  • Apply industry and experience-based standards and best practices to the design of Nikola truck vehicle portfolio.
  • Travel as needed for development and validation efforts
You Have:
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or a related engineering degree
  • Five or more years related experience in automotive ECU validation, integration or diagnostics
  • Class 8 truck and/or electric vehicle experience highly desirable
    Capable of applying root cause analysis to bring complex problems to resolution
  • Experience in leveraging data collection and analysis for system optimization and functionality
  • Experience and understanding of project timeline for electric vehicle design, engineering and test, and development programs
  • Experience in coordinating technical discussions between multi-disciplinary vehicle teams and developing well integrated and balanced solutions across different vehicle systems
  • Strong working experience with Vector Tools, PCAN, or other relevant CAN analysis tools is required
  • Experience with project management tools such as JIRA, JAMA, etc.
  • ISO 26262 Functional Safety experience is a plus
  • Willing and able to travel domestically and internationally
Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada. This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.


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