Staff Photonics Packaging Engineer

Aurora Innovation (View all Jobs)

Mountain View, California

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Interview Process

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$181,000 - $290,000

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 Staff Photonics Packaging Engineer based in Mountain View, California. 

This individual is mainly responsible for development of Packaging Technologies used in the Aurora Driver. The candidate for this position must possess at least 5 years of experience in photonics packaging technology/project development or a closely related field, in order to be able to integrate rapidly into the demands of our business. 

In this role, you will

  • Work on the development and design of subassemblies for lidar sensors that involve silicon photonics, III-V photonics and micro-optical components to meet performance, power, reliability, manufacturability and cost targets
  • Develop and optimize micro-optical assembly processes for high-precision optical components. Design and implement assembly workflows, including precision alignment, bonding, and packaging.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including optical designers, mechanical engineers, thermal engineers, and manufacturing specialists, to ensure seamless integration of optical components.
  • Conduct experiments to evaluate process capabilities and identify areas for improvement. Utilize metrology tools to measure and analyze optical component performance and alignment accuracy.
  • Troubleshoot assembly process issues and implement corrective actions to ensure high yield and reliability.
  • Document process development activities, create standard operating procedures (SOPs), and train production staff on new assembly techniques.
  • Design and optimize sub-assemblies for light emitting devices, such as high power diode lasers and semiconductor optical amplifiers
  • Design and validate necessary tooling for optical packaging and testing 
  • Support thermo-mechanical modeling of customized photonic packages with various levels of integration to maximize cooling and minimize thermo-mechanical stress. 
  • Support reliability testing of photonic subassemblies throughout the development phases of the product
  • Work with NPI and production to support product transfer into production. 

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. / M.S. in Optics, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related field + >5 years of industry experience, preference for Senior/Staff level experience
  • Experienced with optical assembly and testing in production environment
  • Experience with photonic integrated circuits
  • Experience with micro-optics package development
  • Experience with opto-electronic package design
  • Experience with mechanical design and prototypingWell organized, detail oriented self starter in a complex environment

Desirable Qualifications 

  • Ph. D in Optics, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related field 
  • Experience with NPI and contract manufacturing
  • Experience with optics design and simulation
  • Experience with optical module reliability qualification
  • Experience with lidar, radar or general sensor tech background

The base salary range for this position is $181,000 - $290,000 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

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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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