Principal Software Engineer

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

Golang, Python, C++

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 Principal Software Engineer - Aurora Services Engineering. 

The Aurora Services Engineering team creates services and web applications that enable commercial operation of autonomous vehicle fleets at scale. Our mission is to build the software that will be used daily by human operators to coordinate the commercial side of our platform - evaluating route feasibility, assigning work to autonomous vehicles, providing remote support, and managing a fleet of vehicles. As Aurora prepares to massively scale its fleet and integrate with partners on an API level, the tools we build will be critical to the efficient daily operation of our business.

We are looking for an exceptional Principal-level Tech Lead Engineer. You will join a team which builds solutions for fleet intelligence, logistics services, user-facing apps, and onboard modules used to manage, monitor and interact with active autonomous vehicles and the routes they are operating on. You will add new features to existing products and greenfield completely new ones. Your contributions will have a significant impact on the way fleet operations function at Aurora. 

In this role, you will

  • Join a team which builds production apps and services for fleet management software, partner integration, as well as vehicle commanding services used by Aurora operations today.
  • Design complex systems from the ground up, working closely with software, hardware, and infrastructure engineering teams along with other stakeholder teams within Aurora.
  • Work with your teammates to establish new technologies & approaches to frontend, backend, and onboard development as our stack matures.
  • Build backend services running in Aurora’s AWS cloud used to monitor and manage the location and activity of our entire autonomous fleet.
  • Establish technology and infrastructure to move our development product to a product at scale with high availability and reliability.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders including Security, Product, Design, Safety and Cloud Platform to achieve company milestones.
  • Send suggestions and receive updates from vehicles in real time in order to ensure the safe operation of Aurora’s autonomous fleet.
  • Contribute to and evolve our team culture around mentorship, feedback, collaboration, and engineering excellence.


Required Qualifications

  • Phenomenal communication skills. We build software for people. We build software with people. You know how to write an effective technical spec, provide feedback to others, translate technical concepts into lay terms, and incorporate feedback into your efforts. You value and practice openness, empathy, kindness, and collaboration.
  • A preference for action. You will use good judgment to balance speed and quality. You will deliver products that are built in a responsible and sustainable way. You will use a self-starter mentality to thrive in a growing environment where all hands are on deck, and consider no obstacle too big or too small. You will notice where there is a need and will hustle to fill it.
  • The drive to make teams stronger. You're excited to work hard and fast to the finish line on new opportunities with a collaborative and integrated team. You will be proactive in engaging conflict with openness, patience and kindness in an environment where it is safe to lean on each other and learn from failures.
  • Motivation to own the product lifecycle end to end. You’re happy to engage with our product and design teams and our internal customers to understand their needs and find ways to meet them. You ensure that product development stays on course all the way through release and post-release support.
  • Strong backend service engineering skills. We use modern technologies to build our products including Golang, Python C++, gRPC, Kubernetes, and AWS. We’re happy to help you learn and adapt to our stack.
  • Experience working with databases and caches such as Postgres and Redis.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a related field.
  • 12 or more years of industry experience. 


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience taking SaaS development project into production at scale
  • Experience building gRPC services using Golang.
  • Experience with IoT devices and Over-the-Air communication.
  • Experience with Kubernetes, including service configuration, monitoring and deployment.
  • Experience with cloud environments such as AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure.
  • Experience with fleet management solutions for robots, vehicles, or aerial drones.
  • Experience with external customer facing software including production rollout with real customers

The base salary range for this position is $247K-$320K 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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