Linux Kernel 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.

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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

Aurora hires talented people with diverse backgrounds who are ready to help build a transportation ecosystem that will make our roads safer, get crucial goods where they need to go, and make mobility more efficient and accessible for all. We’re searching for experienced engineers to customize and extend the internals of the Linux kernel for use in our autonomous vehicles. This work extends beyond device drivers and into “linux/kernel.” Persons will work very closely with our middleware and application software developers to develop a kernel that meets the needs of our user-space software.

In this role, you will

  • Tune, tweak, and extend “linux/kernel” to meet the needs of our user-space software
  • Investigate and understand the needs of user-space software and propose well-reasoned kernel changes to meet them
  • Help maintain the Linux kernel deployed to vehicles in our fleet
  • Liaise with the Linux kernel developer community to advocate for kernel changes beneficial to Aurora use-cases
  • Submit patches upstream
  • Develop the occasional device driver

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Linux kernel, particularly in the area of kernel internals, such as the scheduler, synchronization mechanisms, and memory management
  • Strong software design skills, especially concerning designs that span kernel- and user-space boundaries
  • An understanding of the needs of latency-sensitive and real-time applications
  • Strong C programming skills
  • A kernel enthusiast who keeps abreast of the latest kernel developments (an avid mailing list or Linux-related news reader or conference attendee)

Desirable Qualifications

  • Notable kernel contributions that you can share
  • Experience with PREEMPT_RT
  • Experience with ftrace, perf, etc.
  • Experience with embedded Linux and real-time systems



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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