Canoo Technologies Inc.

Senior Power Electronics Controls Engineer

Full Time
Location : Location

About Canoo

About Canoo

 Canoo’s mission is to bring EVs to Everyone and build a world-class team to deploy this sustainable mobility revolution. We have developed breakthrough electric vehicles that are reinventing the automotive landscape with pioneering technologies, award-winning designs, and a unique business model that spans all owners in the full lifecycle of the vehicle. Canoo is starting production in 2022 and is distinguished by its pioneering and experienced team of technologists, engineers, and designers. With offices around the country, the company is scaling quickly and seeking candidates who love to challenge themselves, are motivated by purpose, and possess a strong desire to get things done.


The “Canoo Way”

 Canoo’s success is the direct result of our disciplined application of our core operating principles and drills, which are based on three main principles: Think 80/20 (“Important versus less important”), Act 30/30 (“Reduce waste and increase output”), and Live 90/10 (“We have each other’s back”). We hire based on “MET” - Mindset, Equipment and willingness to Train - and seek individuals that take accountability and deliver results while being Humble, Hungry to succeed, and Hunting for opportunities to win. We train our team to engage with each other by modulating between their intellect (iQ) and emotional intelligence (eQ), applying Facts, Finesse, and Force when they communicate. The principles and drills of the CANOO Way have been fundamental to our success, our ability to grow, continuously improve, innovate and are at the core of our day-to-day operations.


The Controls team at Canoo is responsible for all the controls related aspects in the Canoo vehicles, among them, the dynamics modeling, algorithm design, and controller implementation for switching power converters.

Canoo is seeking a power electronics controls engineer to join the team in developing high-performance controls for a wide spectrum of ac and dc products including chargers, grid-tied inverters, and resonant dc-dc converters. The engineer is expected to perform controls design through all stages starting with topology discussions, concept stage, modeling, C language implementation, and validation.



  • Outline controller requirements based on system performance requirements
  • Support definition of system performance requirementsDevelop controls strategy, and define the supporting algorithms
  • Design, simulate, implement, debug, and maintain advanced digital controls algorithms, digital filters and embedded real-time software for power electronics systems.
  • Develop dynamic models of the system, and tune controller algorithms accordingly to optimize performance
  • Translate algorithms into software implementation, and integrate the algorithms into the firmware framework via C programming
  • Develop and utilize computer simulations (Matlab/Simulink, HiL, SiL) to investigate new algorithms, modifications, or corner-case events
  • Develop documentation and test plans for software
  • Work with HW and FW engineers to test, debug and validate FW on bench
  • Evaluate performance of power electronics performance in-vehicle.
  • Own power electronics controls algorithm from concept to post production


  • MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering
  • 5+ years experience working with switching power converters
  • In-depth understanding of AC-DC and DC-DC operation and digital control loops
  • Strong analytical skills with solid device, circuit, and controls theory fundamentals
  • In-depth experience creating models, simulations, and analysis tools to solve engineering problems using MATLAB, or PLECS, Mathcad or similar engineering tools
  • Hands on experience with embedded firmware development for real-time controls systems
  • Fluent in C/C++ language
  • Proficient with micro-controller IDE design/development tools.
  • Ability to follow circuit schematics and PCB layout drawings
  • Experience in standard lab equipment such as power analyzer, oscilloscopes, frequency response analyzer to use for validating and debugging FW

Preferred Experience 

  • Experience with CANbus, SPI, I2C, RS-232, 802.11x, and TCP/IP protocol.
  • Experience developing device drivers, control systems, and communications protocols
  • Familiarity with safety and compliance standards for Automotive
  • Good understanding of design for manufacturing, quality control, and FMEA

What's Cool About Working Here...

What's Cool About Working Here... 

  • Meaningful, challenging work that will redefine automotive landscape and make EVs available to everyone
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Equity Compensation
  • Flexible Paid Time Off
  • Casual workplace with an unbelievable feeling of energy

Canoo is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, past or present military service or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.


Any unsolicited resumes or candidate profiles submitted in response to our job posting shall be considered the property of Canoo Inc. and its subsidiaries and are not subject to payment of referral or placement fees if any such candidate is later hired by Canoo unless you have a signed written agreement in place with us which covers the applicable job posting. 


Canoo cares deeply about the safety of all candidates who may be asked to participate in an in-person interview. While the company remains operational, some of our positions are remote, while others require working on-site. Canoo is following the Covid-19 protocols set forth by local state and federal governance and the CDC guidelines. Candidates who are vaccinated will be asked to provide a copy of proof of vaccination upon arrival for the interview. Candidates who are not vaccinated will be asked to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test that is no less than 48 hours old. We ask that you practice hand hygiene, social distance, and wear face coverings to reduce the risks of exposure to Covid-19. We appreciate your cooperation with our safety protocols while you explore your future with Canoo!


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