Houdini Pipeline and Tools TD

Aurora Innovation (View all Jobs)

Seattle, Washington

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Interview Process

1. Simplified real-world coding task on Coderpad.io 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 www.aurora.tech.

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 are searching for a Houdini Pipeline and Tools TD to join our fast-growing Simulation team to help us build out a synthetic world for our self-driving vehicle to drive in.

 

In this role, you will

  • Analyze, develop and improve pipelines centered around Houdini
  • Develop and maintain procedural Houdini tooling to improve and support new production capabilities and efforts
  • Work closely with all Perception Simulation teams to understand production needs

Required Qualifications

  • In-depth knowledge of Houdini and extensive experience with building and managing HDAs and using the Houdini Python API
  • Expert Python development skills
  • Solid understanding of computer graphics fundamentals
  • Strong mathematical and algorithmic skills
  • Passion for solving challenging, impactful problems
  • 5+ years experience in professional feature film (live-action visual effects or animation), video games or commercials

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience with various parts of a VFX pipeline (modeling, texturing, effects, rendering, compositing, etc.)
  • Experience with USD (Universal Scene Description)
  • C++ and especially Houdini HDK (the C++ API/SDK)
  • Experience with building user interfaces in PyQt/PySide

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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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