Canoo Technologies Inc.

Senior Power Electronics Engineer - Inverter

Full Time
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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 Senior Power Electronics Engineer – Inverter is responsible for design, analysis, development, validation and troubleshooting of traction inverter components and assembly.


  • Design, develop, analyze and test inverters for electric vehicle traction drives.
  • Specify and size power stage components, such as power modules, dc link capacitors, filters, busbars, etc., for traction inverter.
  • Design and bring-up PCBA for control, sensing, power supply and gate driver in high power converters.
  • Develop models of inverter components and their control methods to understand electrical and thermal stress levels.
  • Analyze component stresses in different operation modes to provide guidance to size components, design experiments and root-cause lab and field failures.
  • Design and conduct validation tests to verify component stress and design margin, and to verify inverter functionalities and performance.
  • Integrate inverter/motor for drive unit performance validation.
  • Conduct EMI/EMC analysis and test for inverter performance and compliance.
  • Develop and implement ISO 26262 methodologies to drive hardware design to meet ASIL goals.
  • Review designs and validation results with the team.


  • Effective communication skills and good judgement in task-prioritization.
  • Minimum requires M.Sc. degree with 4 years industry experience or Ph.D. degree with 2 years industry experience, in the field of power electronics.
  • Experience with developing high voltage power converters, preferably >100 kW traction inverter for 400 V or 800 V battery electrical vehicles.
  • Good understanding of Si or SiC or GaN power semiconductor characteristics and their gate driver designs.
  • Experience determining electrical and thermal stress of power electronics components.
  • Good understanding of pulse width modulation method.
  • Experience simulating circuit and physics models, using tools such as PLECS, Simulink, COMSOL, ANSYS.
  • Proficiency with programming, such as Python or Matlab, for data processing.
  • Proficiency with test equipment such as oscilloscopes, DMMs, programmable power supplies, function generators, power analyzers, and electronic loads.
  • Experience with digital control implementations for three phase power converters is preferred.
  • Knowledge of three phase permanent magnet motor control is preferred.

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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