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Senior Functional Safety Engineer

Engineering – Portland, Oregon
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level



Company Overview

kVA by UL is a technical and management consulting group, focused on automotive functional safety, ISO 26262 and autonomous driving safety. kVA by UL provides technical consulting, audit & review services, and training to various industries including automotive, semiconductor and industrial equipment. We get the job done for our clients where safety is non-negotiable.

At kVA by UL we provide big-company stability in a small-company entrepreneurial environment.  We are leaders in our growing and dynamic industry.  To grow, we need great employees, employees who are willing to work hard, innovate, and make a difference. Join our exciting company and help kVA by UL develop the next generation of safe automotive systems.

Position Overview

kVA by UL is seeking a Senior Functional Safety Engineer to join our growing team.  This employee will help to assure the safety of complex systems, in applications ranging from autonomous vehicles to multi-core microprocessors to electric vehicle powertrains.  kVA by UL's experts are sought after by automotive experts worldwide as they develop advanced safety-relevant systems. The Senior Engineer will work with kVA by UL's technical staff and established clients to develop verified safe products, using leading-edge technologies and the best available safety approaches.


kVA by UL is a dynamic and growing company with offices in Royal Oak, MI, Greenville, SC and Portland, OR. As a thought leader in the safety of automotive systems, kVA by UL's mission is the safety of complex products. Our clients include six of the world's top ten automakers and five of the world's top ten automotive suppliers, as well as innovators in the fields of microprocessors, ASICs, autonomy software, and advanced sensing systems. 

Roles and Responsibilities

Specific duties vary from project to project, but are likely to include:

  • Development of functional and technical safety concepts to achieve and maintain safety of automotive systems per ISO 26262 requirements;
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis, using methods such as FMEA, FMEDA, FTA, and alternate safety analysis approaches;
  • Requirements elicitation and test case development for safety-critical assurance processes;
  • Implementation of safety management programs in product development settings;
  • Design, development, integration, and test support at major OEM and supplier sites.


  • The minimal qualifications for this position are a bachelor’s degree in a relevant technical field plus at least five (5) years of relevant experience.
  • The preferred candidate will have a degree in the field of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related field.  A master’s degree is preferred but not required.
  • kVA by UL values a wide variety of technical experience, which may be in the field of electronic hardware, software, or systems engineering, or a combination of all these.
  • Relevant experience may include the development of engineering software and tools for embedded control environments, including SysML, Matlab, Simulink, medina analyze, LabView, HIL/SIL test environments, C code development, MISRA and other coding guidelines, and related tools and methods.
  • Ideally the candidate will have already achieved ISO 26262 certification.

Working at kVA by UL

kVA by UL offers a world-class working environment for motivated professionals. Along with competitive compensation, kVA by UL offers meaningful employee-friendly policies including:

  • A fast-paced, challenging, contact-rich environment working with leaders in advanced electronic systems;
  • Managers who are supportive while providing you room to develop and achieve your goals;
  • Extensive training opportunities for qualified candidates;
  • Flexible work locations including work-from-home flexibility on a regular basis, as well as a great office location in Portland, Oregon.
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Full suite of competitive benefits for you and your family, including comprehensive health, vision, and dental coverage
  • Company-paid life insurance
  • Retirement plan with company contributions
  • Long-term employee development programs including funded job training and sabbatical programs
  • Annual performance-based incentive pay

kVA by UL provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

For more information about our company, please visit our website www.kvausa.com

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