About Canoo

Canoo has developed breakthrough electric vehicles that are reinventing the automotive landscape with bold innovations in design, pioneering technologies, and a unique business model that defies traditional ownership to put customers first. Distinguished by its experienced team – totaling over 500 employees from leading technology and automotive companies – Canoo has designed a modular electric platform purpose-built to deliver maximum vehicle interior space and adaptable to support a wide range of vehicle applications for consumers and businesses. With offices around the country, the company is scaling quickly and seeking candidates who love to challenge themselves, are motivated by autonomy and purpose, and get things done.

Job Purpose

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


  • 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
  • Effective communication skills and good judgement in task-prioritization
  • 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...

  • Four months paid primary care giver leave
  • Flexible PTO
  • Participation in the Employee Equity Compensation Plan
  • Casual workplace with an unbelievable feeling of energy
  • Work in a high-growth start up that will redefine urban mobility

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.

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