Staff Safety Engineer

Aurora Innovation (View all Jobs)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Who We Are

Aurora (Nasdaq: AUR) is delivering the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly to make transportation safer, increasingly accessible, and more reliable and efficient than ever before. The Aurora Driver is a self-driving system designed to operate multiple vehicle types, from freight-hauling semi-trucks to ride-hailing passenger vehicles, and underpins Aurora Horizon and Aurora Connect, its driver-as-a-service products for trucking and ride-hailing. Aurora is working with industry leaders across the transportation ecosystem, including Toyota, FedEx, Volvo Trucks, PACCAR, Uber, Uber Freight, U.S. Xpress, Werner, Covenant, Schneider, and Ryder. For Aurora’s latest news, visit and @aurora_inno on Twitter.

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 Functional Safety Engineer, Autonomy.

Role/Team overview: We’re searching for a Functional Safety Engineer, Autonomy to join Aurora’s Software Systems, Safety and Test Engineering team. The Software Systems, Safety and Test Engineering is responsible for the engineering work to satisfy the safety case for Aurora Self Driving Technology - an unsolved problem for the industry and one of the most difficult challenges in the history of system safety engineering. Our team is responsible for understanding the functionality of the full stack and helping to define the functional safety concept for all aspects of fault management. 


Perform safety analysis at all levels of system product to identify design vulnerabilities. Derive from the analysis of functional and technical safety requirements for various Autonomy software subsystems to ensure the safety of the self-driving vehicle in the presence of faults. Work with cross-functional teams to play a critical role in complex system understanding, modeling, and definition of the system constraints. This position requires excellent written and oral communication proficiency in conjunction with organization skills necessary to maintain focus and achieve consensus within diverse multi-disciplined teams. The successful candidate will be a self-starter and able to work independently, learn, tailor and execute processes, and perform in a collaborative environment.

In this role, you will 

  • Perform risk-driven hazard identification and analysis  for prevention and control measures in order to satisfy the safety goals;
  • Perform Failure Modes, Effects and Analysis and Fault Tree Analysis of Autonomy;
  • Analyze multi-agent interactions between road users and the self-driving vehicle to ensure safe system response;
  • Derive various design constraints with respect to system performance and timing to ensure the faults and failures are properly mitigated;
  • Collaborate with software subject-matter-experts to build the fault management concept to detect, control and mitigate faults;
  • Document the approaches and analyses, develop safety requirements from the analyses while working with stakeholders;

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's Degree, Master of Science or PhD in Engineering or related discipline
  • Minimum 5+ years of experience working in functional safety, system safety, or safety engineering
  • Ability to demonstrate a proven track record of successfully working with large, complex teams in a results-driven environment
  • Ability to perform implementation agnostics safety analysis for complex designs
  • Ability to derive technical safety requirements from analytical and data models
  • Comfortable working with ambiguity and evolving priorities
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Working knowledge of ISO 26262, IEC 61508, DO-178b/c, or MIL-STD-882

Desirable Qualifications 

  • 10+ years of experience working in functional safety, system safety, or safety engineering
  • Experience with complex autonomous systems
  • Working knowledge of Python and physical modeling and simulation tool (e.g., MATLAB)
  • Experience with Machine Learning
  • Experience leading a technical area

The base salary range for this position is $170,000-$272,000 per year.  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.



Working at Aurora

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

We have offices in several locations across the United States, where we encourage team and cross-functional collaboration. Aurora offers competitive medical, dental, and vision benefits, and additional healthcare support including medical transportation reimbursement, fertility, adoption, and surrogacy benefits. We empower our employees and their families with options to further their unique physical, mental, and financial well-being.

Our Learning and Development offerings include Aurora Academy, where our people learn, develop, and practice the essential skills that drive Aurora’s mission, continually up-leveling our team along the way. Our Careers page provides insight into career opportunities at Aurora, and you can find all the latest news on our Blog. 

Safety is central to everything we do. Every employee at Aurora has a role in contributing to safety, every step of the way. We seek candidates who take active responsibility, can contribute to building an atmosphere of trust, and invest in the organization's long-term success by working safely — no matter what.

We believe that self-driving technology has broad benefits – including increased access to transportation. To realize those benefits, we need a workforce with diverse experiences, insights, and perspectives — a workforce that reflects the communities our technology will serve.

Aurora is committed to providing access to anyone who seeks information from our website. We invite anyone using assistive technologies, such as a screen reader or Braille reader, to email us at  if they experience difficulty using our website. Please describe the accessibility problem and include a URL (if available).

Aurora considers candidates without regard to their 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. Aurora considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at

For California applicants, information collected and processed as part of your application and any job applications you choose to submit is subject to Aurora’s California Employment Privacy Policy.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Aurora, every employee is empowered to take an active role in building an inclusive, collaborative, and unified culture that leverages our diverse strengths, perspectives, and backgrounds. 

Transforming how the world moves people and goods involves seeking to understand backgrounds, insights, and lived experiences that differ from our own. One way we accomplish that is with our 15 employee-led Aurora Unified Groups, which support diverse voices and drive inclusive collaboration. We believe that teamwork, belonging, and trust motivate and support our employees to do their best work. As our team grows, we strive to attract and retain exceptional talent that adds new perspectives and experiences and continues to drive innovation. Learn more on our Culture Page.

We are committed to helping qualified military community members leverage their talents in service of our mission. To understand how your military experience aligns with career opportunities at Aurora, review your military job classification at and consider applying for open positions corresponding to your identified skills and experiences!

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