Technical Lead, Motion & Behavioral Planning


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 planning team to build motion planning and decision-making systems and help mature new products all the way through to production. Your contribution will improve the planning for emergency situations and for complicated maneuvers such as loading dock access, variable lane changes, and lane closures.  

The tech lead will be actively growing the managing the Motion and Behavioral Planning 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 planning 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
  • Represent the Localization and Mapping team in cross-functional discussions
  • Ensure alignment with our product management and hardware groups
  • Lead Gatik’s Motion & Behavioral Planning team (research and software engineers) to partner effectively across functional disciplines
  • Build and improve algorithms throughout the motion planning stack, which could include things ranging from route planning, trajectory optimization, and decision making
  • Develop policies and plans to manage multi-actor interactions and plans under uncertainty
  • Integrate remote guidance requests and autonomy behaviors into the remote assist system
  • Contribute to the behavior prediction of traffic participants perceived around the autonomous vehicle
  • Develop and implement solutions directly
  • Actively manage and grow the Motion & Behavioral Planning team; mentor and guide your direct reports


  • 7+ years of industry work experience, including motion planning and decision-making systems
  • 3+ years of technical leadership or management experience
  • Excellent C++ skills
  • Experience with cloud infrastructure, e.g. G-Cloud or AWS
  • Experience with ROS/ROS2 or other middleware systems
  • Industry experience with software development for AVs
  • Experience in code optimization or high-performance computing
  • Experience writing numerical optimization algorithms
  • Experience working with large data sets
  • Experience with classical planning methods
  • Experience in applying machine learning for planning problems (e.g. Imitation Learning, Behavior Prediction, Reinforcement Learning)

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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