Senior Software Engineer- Compute Workflows

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.


$168,000 - $252,000

Programming Languages Mentioned

Golang, C++, Java, 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

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 a Senior Software Engineer to join Aurora’s Compute Workflows team. 


The Compute Workflows team develops the frameworks and tooling on top of Aurora’s core compute and cloud services to enable the creation, execution, management, monitoring, and support for Aurora’s critical and massive-scale compute and data pipelines backing the Aurora Driver, Aurora’s core self-driving software product. This includes things like developer code change testing and gating, Aurora Driver release pipelines, Autonomy behavior change testing, and other key validation workflows and involves running millions of tasks, on hundreds of thousands of cores, and producing TBs of data every day. Hundreds of engineers rely on these systems every day to test their code, land changes and validate the performance of the Driver. We work closely with multiple, cross-functional teams like Simulation, Autonomy, Systems & Safety, and Technology Foundation teams like Data Platforms and Compute/MLOps to ensure we meet the needs of users and the organization in terms of reliability, performance, scale, and efficiency.


In this role, you will

  •  Design and develop large, distributed batch execution, data collection and processing services in the cloud
  • Consult with teams across the Simulation, Autonomy, Systems Engineering, and Vehicle Platform groups to ensure their compute needs are being met and help guide strategic decisions on frameworks and technology to do so.
  • Collaborate with teams across the Simulation, Autonomy, Systems Engineering, and Vehicle Platform groups to help them get the signal they need from offline testing to assess autonomy performance
  • Propose new code designs and write technical design documents
  • Lead key projects for the team
  • Drive tactical and strategic technical decisions for the team
  • Mentor junior team members and maintain engineering excellence


Required Qualifications

  •  BS/MS/PhD in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related field, or equivalent industry experience and 6+ years of experience as a software engineer.
  • Experience with large scale distributed systems or microservice architectures
  • Strong programming skills in modern languages like Golang, Python, C++, Java
  • A passion for writing robust, intuitive, high-performance code
  • Ability to navigate and work effectively in large codebases
  • Strong software development background demonstrated by industry experience in production web, mobile, SaaS or cloud computing


Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in Big Data systems and/or relational databases
  • Experience using and deploying AWS resources and services
  • Familiar with web application development
  • Comfortable with Linux/other Unix environments


Pay Range 

The base range for this position is $168,000 - $252,000.  Aurora’s pay ranges are determined by role, level, and location. Within the range, the successful candidate’s starting base pay will be determined based on factors including job-related skills, experience, qualifications, relevant education or training, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future. The successful candidate will also be eligible for an annual bonus, equity compensation, and benefits.


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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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