Senior Data Scientist

Aurora Innovation (View all Jobs)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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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

Python, SQL, ETL

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.

On the Aurora Data Science team, you will join a world-class group whose mission is generating insights and intelligence to improve the Aurora Driver and help accelerate our path towards safe and broad commercialization of Autonomous Vehicle technology. We are looking for an exceptional Data Scientist that can play a key role in accelerating the development of the Aurora Driver by contributing towards the automation, monitoring, and analysis of our development and operational processes. This is an opportunity to leverage vast amounts of data from both online (on-road) and offline (simulation) test modalities to help Aurora achieve its product and commercialization goals. 
The ideal candidate will be someone who thrives working cross-functionally, getting things done, and has an ability to navigate complex and exciting projects with our partner Software, Hardware, and Operations teams. If your passions align with working on cutting edge Data Science projects to deliver impactful analysis, tools, and workflows that will transform the Transportation space, then joining Aurora Data Science is the perfect opportunity for you.

In this role, you will

  • Work with our Engineering and Operations teams to inform the development of the Aurora Driver and streamline critical validation activities
  • Partner closely with those stakeholders to design and implement metrics and dashboards to accelerate their development processes and help them measure, understand, and improve their performance
  • Collaborate with a team of world-class Data Scientist and Analysts on Data Science problems spanning multiple subsystems (eg. Motion Planning, Perception, Controls, etc.)
  • Develop statistical models to support forecasting and planning across a variety of problem areas
  • Work closely with engineering, operations, and business leads to support their decisions with data-driven input
  • Collaborate with our Data Science and Engineering communities to ensure the adoption of best practices and suggest improvements

Required Qualifications

  • 2-4+ years of experience as a Data Scientist, Analyst or similar technical role
  • Demonstrable proficiency in coding, programming concepts, and technical tools, combined with the enthusiasm and passion to build. Must be strong using Python
  • Strong knowledge and experience using relational databases (SQL, PostgreSQL, etc.) and familiarity with best practices for Data Engineering
  • Knowledge and experience with both common and advanced Data Science, inference, and statistical modeling tools (eg. numpy, sklearn, pytorch, etc.)
  • Experience with taking Data Science analysis end-to-end, working closely with Engineering to productionize pipelines, and surface insights in a scalable way
  • Proven ability to communicate technical, data-driven analysis to both technical and non-technical audiences across stakeholders, including translating and cascading Executive input into their work

Desirable Qualifications 

  • Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in Statistics, Computer Science, Operations Research, Economics, or a related quantitative field
  • Experience working with data transformation tools such as DBT
  • Experience working on ETL pipelines and leveraging big data engines 
  • Experience using Amazon Web Services (AWS) tools
  • Experience in the Autonomous Vehicle, Robotics, or Advanced Transportation spaces

The base salary range for this position is $152k-$227K 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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