Senior Autonomy Systems Engineer (remote)

| San Francisco, CA, USA | Remote | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: 136,500-199,000 Annually
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Mission Summary:

A Senior Autonomy Systems Engineer will work closely with their primary customer (Autonomy Software Development leads/teams) in their day-to-day work. This role enables the development of autonomous capabilities/behaviors and/or functions/features to the required performance by establishing feedback loops and insights on current/past AV system, subsystem, and software performance. These insights/data are gathered from simulation, on-vehicle, and software integration/unit testing. Additionally, this role involves informing/specifying Autonomy architecture and requirements via in-depth analysis. A successful engineer in this role is able to balance competing requests based on urgency/priority and impact to the product utilizing their previous experience working end-to-end on complex safety critical systems.

What you'll be doing:

Develop and lead projects to meet customer needs and requests

  • Balance competing requests based on urgency/priority, impact to the product, and feedback (customer / technical findings)
  • Ability to identify MVP/8020 scope/deliverables in an agile environment
  • Deliver usable/demo-able products on a weekly basis; collect feedback from stakeholders and build upon deliverables in following weeks in order to achieve longer term goals/milestones
  • Lead designs and integration across systems (AV stack, Drive-by-Wire, Sensors, etc.) to support deployment and V&V of new/improved AV features
  • Lead/advise Junior Engineers to support projects

Establish feedback loops and insights from simulation, on-vehicle, and software integration/unit testing and data via:

  • Create automated, ~real-time dashboards (SQL, python using Redash, Jupyter, internal tools, etc.) enabled by fusing/analyzing test results and data from the aforementioned test environments
  • Perform data analysis of vehicle data feeds from operations, simulation, and testing to drive data driven design decisions (SQL, python, matlab, etc.)

Determination of necessary performance metrics and requirements in parallel with system, subsystem, and software level V&V planning/execution

  • Physics/Dynamics analysis
  • Data/Statistical analysis - e.g. Monte Carlo, regression
  • System analysis - e.g. latency, sensitivity, requirements/test coverage

What we're looking for: 

  • Passion for developing complex safety critical systems
  • Pragmatic end-to-end systems engineering experience and capability in analysis, requirements development, and V&V
  • Experience in development and testing of autonomous systems
  • Highly skilled/experienced with all of the following (as related to autonomy behaviors): physics/dynamics/kinematics
  • Ability to focus on MVP-> 80/20 solutions that enable current day-to-day priorities, and that are also compatible with and contribute to a final product/solution
  • Demonstrates ability to read autonomy software to understand implemented logic (C++, Python)
  • Experience creating data pipelines and analyzing test data to feedback into design solutions (e.g. Python, Matlab, C++, SQL)
  • BS in Aerospace, Computer Science , Electrical, Physics, Robotics, Software, or equivalent Engineering experience

Bonus Points (not required):

Highly skilled/experienced in >=1 of the following:

  • Motion Planning/Control Systems
  • Localization/Mapping
  • Perception/Prediction
  • High Performance Compute
  • Sensor Fusion/Calibration
  • Fault Detection and Response

General experience/comfort with:

  • plant/environment simulations
  • software integration and/or unit tests
  • git (or equiv) and landing code in a config controlled repo

Pragmatic architecture/requirements definitionPragmatic UML/SysML experience

Experience working in an agile environment

Systems/Safety Analysis experience on complex safety critical systems in a regulated environment (aerospace, autonomy, medical, rail, etc.)

MS in Aerospace, Computer Science, Electrical, Physics, Robotics, Software, or equivalent Engineering experience

Why you should join us: 

Our team is commercializing a world-class driverless system. The Motional team is behind some of the industry’s largest leaps forward in the last decade, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world’s first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world’s most-established public robotaxi fleet. Strategically formed by Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion and provide a supportive work environment that prioritizes collaboration, communication, and creativity. Our team members are committed to delivering high-quality results that make a real difference in the world. If you are passionate about the future of autonomous vehicles and want to work with a team of talented and motivated professionals, we encourage you to apply to join our team.  Additionally, we offer excellent benefits to include generous medical plans, wellness benefits, unlimited PTO, 401k and equity, to name a few.

Working conditions:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to convey and detect communication
  • The employee occasionally required to remain stationary at times for up to 50% of working time, move in designated working areas; & operate and use office equipment
  • The employee may occasionally move up to 50 pounds

The Motional Pittsburgh office is located in the new Hazelwood Green development, a culmination of the city’s goal of restoring an economic driver to the neighborhood in a thoughtful, inclusive, and sustainable way. With views along the Monongahela river, the Pittsburgh office is in the heart of this new state of the art development. This position can support remote work within the United States, and may require occasional travel.  

The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a wide range of compensation factors including but not limited to specific skills, experience and expertise, role location, certifications, licenses, and business needs. The estimated compensation range listed in this job posting reflects base salary only. This role may include additional forms of compensation such as a bonus or company equity. The recruiter assigned to this role can share more information about the specific compensation and benefit details associated with this role during the hiring process. 

Candidates for certain positions are eligible to participate in Motional’s benefits program. Motional’s benefits include but are not limited to medical, dental, vision, 401k with a company match, health saving accounts, life insurance, pet insurance, and more.

Salary Range

$136,500$199,000 USD

Motional is a driverless technology company making autonomous vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality. We’re driven by something more.

Our journey is always people first.

We aren't just developing driverless cars; we're creating safer roadways, more equitable transportation options, and making our communities better places to live, work, and connect. Our team is made up of engineers, researchers, innovators, dreamers and doers, who are creating a technology with the potential to transform the way we move.

Higher purpose, greater impact.

We’re creating first-of-its-kind technology that will transform transportation. To do so successfully, we must design for everyone in our cities and on our roads. We believe in building a great place to work through a progressive, global culture that is diverse, inclusive, and ensures people feel valued at every level of the organization. Diversity helps us to see the world differently; it’s not only good for our business, it’s the right thing to do.  

Scale up, not starting up.

Our team is behind some of the industry's largest leaps forward, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world's first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world's longest-standing public robotaxi fleet. We’re driven to scale; we’re moving towards commercialization of our technology, and we need team members who are ready to embrace change and challenges.

Formed as a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives. Headquartered in Boston, Motional has operations in the U.S and Asia. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Motional AD Inc. is an EOE. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To comply with Federal Law, we participate in E-Verify. All newly-hired employees are queried through this electronic system established by the DHS and the SSA to verify their identity and employment eligibility.

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