Wayve • London

Director of Science

1–2 days/week at home

A little flex time

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Who we are

Our team is at the forefront of developing autonomous vehicles using cutting-edge technology such as deep learning, computer vision, and reinforcement learning. We are a fast-growing company with a multi-national, world-class research team working on building a better future for self-driving cars.

Our approach to building autonomous vehicles is unique, we don't believe in telling an algorithm how to drive through hand-coded rules and expensive HD maps. Instead, we believe that using experience and data will allow our algorithms to be more intelligent, capable of easily adapting to new environments.

Our goal is to be the first to deploy autonomous vehicles in 100 cities across the world, bringing autonomy to everyone, everywhere.

Where you will have an impact

We’re looking for experienced and motivated individuals to join our journey in developing next-generation autonomous vehicles.

As Director of Science, you will lead our growing London-based research science team and coordinate with stakeholders across Wayve to define our research strategy and execution to position Wayve as a world leader in AI. Our current focus areas and expertise include vision-language models, reinforcement learning, perception, generative world models of driving, safety systems, and domain adaptation, which you can read more about in our research blog. This means you will:

  • Manage and lead our London-based research science team, working closely with team members to develop career plans and growth trajectories
  • Work closely with our Chief Scientist, senior scientists, our Mountain View science team, and other stakeholders across Wayve to define and execute our research strategy, investments, and operating model
  • Partner with the senior leadership team to maintain a culture of impact, performance, and health
  • Scope for new investments once this role is in place

Challenges you will own

  • Deliver major scientific breakthroughs that position Wayve as a world leader in AI
  • Deliver tech transfers that take those breakthroughs into our production driving or fleet learning stack
  • Build increasing strength and an internal community of scientists and scientific rigour at Wayve
  • Raise our profile in the academic community through publications and collaborations

What you will bring


  • A successful track record of growing and managing a team of exceptional people
  • 7+ years working in industrial research
  • A strong track record of ground-breaking academic publications and significant standing in the AI community
  • Experience with tech transfers of scientific advances into product that have shipped
  • Comfortable with roadmap planning, stakeholder management, requirements gathering and alignment with leadership


  • Experience working directly in some of reinforcement learning, learned robotics, large language models, vision transformers, vision and language models, computer vision, synthetic data, simulation
  • Management experience of a team of 20+ research scientists
  • Experience managing managers
  • Track record of high profile PR success accompanying publication
  • Having a significant following on social media

We understand that everyone has a unique set of skills and experiences and that you may not meet everything listed above. If you’re passionate about making a positive impact on the world and are motivated by bringing mobility to everyone, everywhere, we encourage you to apply.

What we offer you

  • Partially-remote and flexible working
  • Learning and development budget
  • 25 days annual leave and bank holidays
  • Enhanced parental leave (eligibility criteria apply)
  • Workplace nursery scheme
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Opt-in private health insurance
  • On-site chef
  • Dog-friendly office
  • Access to mental health platform/therapy
  • The opportunity to shape the future of autonomous driving and tackle one of the biggest challenges of our time

At Wayve, we’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. We welcome applicants of all genders, races, sexual orientations and backgrounds.

DISCLAIMER: We will not ask about marriage or pregnancy, care responsibilities or disabilities in any of our job adverts or interviews. However, we do look to capture information about care responsibilities, and disabilities among other diversity information as part of an optional DEI Monitoring form to help us identify areas of improvement in our hiring process and ensure that the process is inclusive and non-discriminatory.

Company benefits

Enhanced maternity leave – 8 weeks full pay, 16 weeks 50% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 8 weeks full pay available (4 weeks at birth, another 4 weeks available in the first 2 years)
Adoption leave – statutory
Shared parental leave – statutory
25 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay – 10 days full paid + statutory

We asked employees of Wayve how satisfied they were with flexible working, and this is what they told us

Employees are largely happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done
Working at Wayve

Company employees


Office locations

London, UK and Mountain View, California

Funding levels

$258 million
What employees are saying

"I have never worked at a company where I felt so supported in structuring my work day (working hours as well as working locations) in exactly the way which works best for me and maximizes my productivity. The more flexibility and trust I am given, the better I feel like my output is as it feels more like working because I genuinely want to work and produce good results instead of working because I have to. I also love how much Wayve cares about work-life balance, as it is a very crucial aspect of my job for me. For me, Wayve has created an amazing work environment which makes me feel encouraged and supported in really striving to do my best work while establishing healthy work life boundaries."

Wayve Employee