Staff Detection Engineer

Aurora Innovation (View all Jobs)

Mountain View, California

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Interview Process

1. Simplified real-world coding task on 2. Time-boxed take-home assignment 3. Face-to-face meeting with teammates.

Programming Languages Mentioned

C++, Python

Who We Are

Aurora (Nasdaq: AUR) is delivering the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. Founded in 2017 by experts in the self-driving industry, Aurora is revolutionizing transportation – making it safer, increasingly accessible, and more reliable and efficient than ever before. Its flagship product, the Aurora Driver, is a platform that brings together software, hardware, and data services, to autonomously operate passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and heavy-duty trucks. Aurora is partnered with industry leaders across the transportation ecosystem including Toyota, Volvo, PACCAR, Uber, Uber Freight, FedEx, and U.S. Xpress. Aurora tests its vehicles in the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, and Texas and has offices in those areas as well as in Bozeman, MT; Seattle, WA; Louisville, CO; and Detroit, MI. To learn more, visit

The detection team’s mission is to identify, reduce, and mitigate risks while securely enabling users to access information and resources to get work done efficiently.

As a Detection Engineer, you will be part of a team responsible for building and expanding detection capabilities across a variety of platforms. This role will be primarily focused on researching threats, developing detection capabilities, and improving our telemetry coverage. Job level is negotiable based on experience. Remote work is approved for US-based employees, including for post-pandemic.

In this role you will

  • Provide design support to improve detection and response capabilities
  • Operate and help improve the detection framework, playbooks, and workflow automation
  • Contribute to the design and development of engineering solution that support enterprise wide security initiatives
  • Keep up to date on modern attack techniques and continually integrate knowledge into new or existing detections
  • Provide support to the incident response team when necessary
  • Perform threat modeling exercises to identify opportunities for telemetry collection
  • Act as an internal subject matter expert and mentor other members of the security team

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 8 years of experience as a SOC Analyst, Security Content developer and/or Security Engineer
  • Experience leading and managing cross-functional projects
  • Experience applying detection and response concepts to on-premise and cloud environments, specifically AWS
  • Experience securing operating systems (Linux, MacOS, Windows, Android, IOS)
  • Experience crafting logic to detect anomalous use, network, host, or cloud activity
  • Experience transforming and parsing critical fields from a variety of logging sources
  • Understanding of MITRE ATT&CK framework and associated threat actor techniques
  • Ability to to seek out and address new securities initiatives
  • Ability to consistently clear one’s own roadblocks
  • Mastery of at least one programming language, Python, Go, C, C++
  • Experience working with auditd, sysmon, kprobe, ebpf, or similar low level data collection frameworks


  • Ability to to seek out and address new securities initiatives
  • Experience working with auditd, sysmon, kprobe, ebpf, or similar low level data collection frameworks
  • Experience designing and implementing solutions for a Zero Trust Architecture
  • Experience with IAM, Oauth2, OIDC, SAML, Okta
  • Experience with infrastructure-as-code and writing and reviewing Terraform
  • Hands on experience with endpoint security products (MacOS, Windows, Linux)
  • Experience performing network architecture reviews



Working at Aurora

At Aurora, we bring together people with extraordinary talent and experience united by the strength of our values. We operate with integrity, set outrageous goals, and continue to build a culture where we win together—all without any jerks.

We have offices in 8+ locations across the United States. We offer a competitive benefits package to qualifying employees. Our Career Page includes everything you need to know about working at Aurora.

At the core of everything we do is our commitment to safety. Building best-in-class self-driving technology will take time, and we believe that each employee at Aurora has a role in contributing to safety, every step of the way. Aurora expects commitment to our safety policies from every employee, and seeks candidates who take an active responsibility, can contribute to building an atmosphere of trust, and invest in the organization’s long-term success by prioritizing working safely, no matter what.

We believe that self-driving technology has broad benefits – including an increase in safety and access to transportation – and to achieve those benefits, we want and need a workforce with diverse experiences, insights, and perspectives; said another way, a workforce that reflects the communities and people our technology will benefit. You can find all the latest news on our Blog

Individuals seeking employment at Aurora are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, parent or caregiver status, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran and/or military status, physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal or state law. 

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