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Embedded/Mobile Engineer - Uber AI

Android, Engineering in San Francisco, CA

At Uber, we ignite opportunity by setting the world in motion. We take on big problems to help drivers, riders, delivery partners, and eaters get moving in more than 600 cities around the world.


We welcome people from all backgrounds who seek the opportunity to help build a future where everyone and everything can move independently. If you have the curiosity, passion, and collaborative spirit, work with us, and let’s move the world forward, together.

About the Role

Recent developments in mobile computing mean that many applications that used to be limited to the cloud can now run on mobile devices and other embedded systems with lower latency, better battery and even when offline. Uber is looking for adaptable embedded/mobile engineers that want to push the limits on this to enable new sensor and vision-related applications. We are looking for folks who will work with researchers to deliver impact to Uber's users by pushing processing at the edge as far as is possible.

About You

Do you want to push the limits of what is possible in terms of applying artificial intelligence techniques on mobile phones? Do you know the pros and cons of running algorithms on a GPU vs DSP vs CPU? How would you even measure which is better? Know how to milk every last ounce of performance using low-level systems like Vulkan and Metal? And, do you know how to it without melting the phone and putting it into thermal shutdown? Want to work with world-class researchers making their algorithms run on mobile devices?


We're looking for people who have the following characteristics:

  • Fast learner. We're looking for team members who thrive on applying their knowledge, learning new technologies and don't believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. You should be able to adapt easily to meet the rapid pace of a rapidly evolving research, development, and testing environment.
  • Fearlessness. You think a working proof-of-concept is the best way to make a point. You strive on proving that speed and quality are not conflicting; that you can achieve both at the same time.
  • Versatility. In addition to having an intimate knowledge of core engineering fields, you understand how all the pieces fit together into integrated systems, and how they impact performance.
  • Passion. You feel ownership over everything you ship; you'd never call code or design "released" until you're confident it's correct. You pride yourself on efficient monitoring, strong documentation, and proper test coverage.
  • A team player. You believe that you can achieve more on a team -- that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. You rely on others' candid feedback for continuous improvement.

What You'll Need

  • Bachelor's degree in EE, CS or related disciplines. Masters preferred.
  • 3+ years of industry/academic experience
  • Expertise with mobile development.
  • Expertise with performance optimization on mobile, including profiling
  • Expertise working out how to divide work between multiple processors on mobile (CPU vs GPU vs DSP) preferred
  • Interest in applying machine learning & computer vision to resource constrained devices (such as mobile phones)
  • Interest in Android development (with experience preferred)
  • Ability to cooperate closely, jam and brainstorm with engineers, and be able to interact on topics like algorithms.
  • Data oriented - i.e. be able to set up experiments to measure things that will in turn drive decisions.
  • Ability to move between hacky solutions (when necessary) to quality engineering practices (when necessary).

About the Team

Uber AI is an integrated technology and research organization. The mission of Uber AI is to make AI and machine learning maximally impactful at Uber by pushing the frontiers of research, developing high quality scalable platforms, and collaborating on innovative applications. To further this mission, the group brings together AI-focused engineering, product, and research teams under a single umbrella to ensure cutting-edge AI innovation is rapidly transferred into company-wide platforms, accelerating Uber’s positive impact on the world.


Our team at Uber AI is building Uber’s computer vision platform to democratize the technology at Uber. The team is rapidly growing, and is responsible for developing state of the art computer vision and machine learning solutions to derive inferences from image/video data on our platform that directly drive efficiencies across the company.

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At Uber we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. Uber is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.