Technical Lead, Localization and Mapping


Mountain View, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

Nov 8

Gatik is the leader in autonomous middle mile logistics. We deliver goods safely, quickly, and efficiently in our fleet of medium-duty trucks, connecting people and communities to the goods they really need. With every delivery, we're making the supply chain more reliable, keeping costs low, driving sustainability, and making the roads safer for all road users. 

At Gatik, we believe in establishing new standards of success for the autonomous trucking industry every day. In 2021, we launched the world's first fully driverless commercial delivery service with Walmart, a historic milestone that's changing the way we view goods movement forever. Gatik is a place to learn, lead and grow alongside industry veterans who are defining the future of logistics, and we want you to help us shape the next chapter in our journey.

We are seeking a technical lead for our localization and mapping team. The tech lead will be responsible for leading the development of our in-vehicle online multi-sensor localization solution and designing and developing our mapping solution. The team maintains our HD mapping ecosystems by developing HD map augmentation, layering, and validation tools and ensures efficient map serving to the AV stack modules. The ideal candidate is a leader in these technical fields and has excellent programming skills.  

The tech lead will be actively growing and managing the Localization and Mapping team staff. You will be responsible for the career growth of the team members. You will be partnering cross-functionally to identify the staffing needs of the team and actively work with our VP of Software Engineering to resolve those needs. 

Through effective collaboration with our engineering disciplines, you will guide our efforts to build improved localization and mapping for our autonomous vehicles from design all the way through to production. We are looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.


  • Guide all technical aspects of development, including technical requirements definition, design, implementation, unit testing, and integration
  • Lead Gatik’s Localization & Mapping team (research and software engineers) to partner effectively across functional disciplines
  • Represent the Localization and Mapping team in cross-functional discussions
  • Ensure alignment with our product management and hardware groups
  • Research and develop algorithms for localization, mapping, state estimation, and odometry based on multiple input modalities such as inertial sensors, one or more cameras, GNSS, and other sensors
  • Build metric maps and point clouds using lidar, imagery, and other sensor data
  • Develop offline test infrastructure for localization algorithm assessment
  • Invent, design, and develop offline algorithms to process large scale sensor data to produce maps used for pose estimation
  • Improve online localization performance and accuracy for better robustness and redundancy
  • Analyze and architect safety and redundancy in the localization system
  • Research and implement automatic map maintenance and update over time.
  • Invent, design, and develop real-time pose estimation and inertial navigation algorithms that run on the autonomous vehicle
  • Analyze and architect safety and redundancy in the localization system
  • Develop and implement solutions
  • Actively manage and grow the Localization & Mapping team; mentor and guide your direct reports


  • 7+ years of industry work experience, including mapping in a real-world context
  • 3+ years of technical leadership or management experience
  • Solid knowledge of SLAM - frontend and backend, point cloud registration, GNSS/INS, visual slam
  • Deep experience with computer vision and computer vision sensors including Camera, LiDAR, GPS, and IMU
  • Excellent C++ skills
  • Experience with C++ build systems, Cmake
  • Experience using software project management software, such as Jira, Confluence, etc

Bonus Points

  • Publications in your field (especially CVPR, ICCV, RSS, ICRA)

Working at Gatik

At Gatik, we connect people of extraordinary talent and experience to an opportunity to create a more resilient supply chain and contribute to our environment’s sustainability. We are diverse in our backgrounds and perspectives yet united by a bold vision and shared commitment to our values.

From our offices in the Bay Area, Toronto, and Texas, we pursue big goals with a relentless focus. We are builders who focus on delivering for our customers and each other. We recognize that the path toward excellence balances thoughtful debate with aligned action.

Individuals seeking employment at Gatik are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, parent or caregiver status, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran and/or military status, physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal or state law.

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