Senior Onboard Software Systems Engineer (Onsite or US Remote)

| San Francisco, CA, USA | Remote | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: 159,000-207,000 Annually
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Mission Summary:

Motional’s self-driving vehicles depend on advanced robotics algorithms to drive safely and robustly, and just as importantly, they require well-designed and tested onboard infrastructure software to help support those functions. This includes the infrastructure to log our data, to orchestrate our sequence of robotics tasks, robustly read from our sensors, and more.

In this role, as a senior onboard software systems engineer, Motional will look to you to evaluate the readiness of our onboard infrastructure software for our driverless launches. You will be a key stakeholder in the design, development, and testing of our onboard software to ensure a high quality engineering bar matching our safety needs. This includes designing safety into our system by ensuring common fault paths are properly accounted for, helping ensure strong coding practices are in place, and ensuring proper test coverage of all critical onboard infrastructure software. This role isn’t an advisory role--you will be expected to take part in most of these activities, spearheading them where they haven’t been done and otherwise supporting them where necessary.

What you'll be doing:

  • Brainstorm failure modes of our onboard infrastructure, estimate the safety impact of the failure modes, and deduce the priority of a given concern
  • Help modify our onboard software to become more robust to a given potential failure mode
  • Design, execute, and analyze specialized tests (as unit tests, simulation tests, vehicle track tests, etc.) to demonstrate our onboard software’s robustness
  • Help create high-quality documentation of our onboard infrastructure’s architecture
  • Improve our custom internal testing tools to make them easier to use or make them capable of testing more complex behavior

What we're looking for: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field, ideally Computer Science
  • Five or more years development experience, preferably in C++
  • A passion for good engineering practices, with a strong sense of many different testing modalities and where they are needed (unit testing, integration testing, bench testing of embedded platforms, etc.)
  • Experience deriving how low-level technical details imply properties of the overall software behavior
  • A build-it attitude, willing to step in where necessary to build the infrastructure necessary to meet our product’s demands
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills--the role requires a strong relationship with several onboard software teams and the safety team

Bonus Points (not required):

  • A master’s degree in a related field (e.g., Computer Science, Math, Physics, Electrical Engineering, etc.)
  • A working knowledge of common systems engineering deliverables, including Failure Mode and Effects Analyses, Functional Hazard Analysis, etc.
  • Experience with multi-threaded software development
  • Experience developing for embedded hardware

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

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
$159,000$207,000 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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