Jaguar Land Rover and Gorillaz Join Forces to Recruit Electronic and Software Engineers

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Jaguar Land Rover teams up with Gorillaz to find next generation of automotive engineering talent.

As magical as the luxury and technology features in Jaguar Land Rover vehicles may seem, it takes actual work to write the code and design the electronics that make them work. With the help of the virtual band Gorillaz, the automaker is looking for professionals that can perform those important jobs in software systems, cyber systems, app development, and graphics performance. Jaguar Land Rover Gorillaz JaguarForums 2

Those who are interested in possibly joining the JLR engineering team can download the Gorillaz App through the iTunes App Store or Google Play. It shows a 360-degree virtual version of the Gorillaz’ garage. According to JLR,

“The Jaguar I-TYPE, Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s all-electric Formula E racecar, appears in the garage. Users can click on a poster of Noodle with the I-TYPE and ‘FanBoost’ which enables them to vote for the @JaguarRacing team drivers to gain a power boost during their next race or to follow the @JaguarRacing Twitter channel.”

Applicants then face two challenges in the Gorillaz garage:

1.) Assembling the Jaguar I-PACE Concept, which will teach participants about the all-electric five-seater’s performance, battery technology, interior dimensions, charging capabilities, and driving range.

2.) Cracking code in an Alternate Reality Game (ARG). A series of code breaking puzzles will test for the attributes of real-world software and engineering specialists, such as curiosity, persistence, lateral thinking, and problem solving skills.

Those who are interested in applying to JLR can still submit a traditional application and send in a resume, but using the Gorillaz App and solving the puzzles will put applicants on the fast track for employment consideration.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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