Staff Failure Analysis Engineer, Electrical


  • Full Time

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We are looking for a Staff Failure Analysis Engineer to lead failure analysis investigations into electrical/electromechanical components, modules, and systems on Cruise Autonomous Vehicles.

In this role, you will collaborate closely with fleet operations, hardware design, reliability, component test, suppliers, and GM to support both validation failures and field failures. To accomplish this, you will have access to a robust in-house Failure Analysis lab as well as a network of 3rd party labs.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Use failure analysis techniques (such as electrical characterization, fault recreation, 2D / 3D X-ray, SEM-EDS, cross sectioning, and IR thermography) to determine root cause

  • Write concise reports that summarize key findings, propose corrective actions, and qualitatively assess risk

  • Serve as a domain expert for electronics failure analysis. Provide ad-hoc consultation for internal teams, as well as guidance for failure analysis activities performed at suppliers and 3rd party labs. Ensure that a high bar for technical analysis is being met

  • Build strong relationships with key partners within design, manufacturing, reliability, testing, and supplier quality teams. Collaborate with these teams to define and validate countermeasures

  • Identify additional tools and capital equipment necessary to continue building out the internal failure analysis capabilities at Cruise

  • Provide technical mentorship to junior engineers and technicians within the Failure Analysis team

What you must have:

  • BS + 10 YOE in Electrical Engineering

  • Proven experience in Failure Analysis or Electrical Design

  • Proficiency reading electrical schematics and debugging complex electrical circuits

  • Proficiency operating electrical test equipment, such as digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, curve tracers, and power supplies

  • Hands-on experience with common failure analysis techniques, including 2D X-ray, Optical Microscopy, SEM-EDS, Cross Sectioning, and IR Thermography

  • Strong knowledge of advanced failure analysis techniques, including 3D CT, FTIR, Confocal Scanning Acoustic Microscopy (C-SAM), and Time-domain Reflectometry (TDR)

  • Strong knowledge of PCBA manufacturing (e.g. IPC-6012, IPC-610) and electronics assembly processes

  • Strong knowledge of: physics of failure and how common failure mechanisms would be triggered through accelerated testing (e.g. mechanical shock/vibration, thermal cycling/shock, powered humidity exposure, high-temperature degradation, HALT)

  • Familiarity with scripting and *nix operating systems

Bonus Points!

  • Experience in automotive or aerospace industries 

  • Experience working with sensors (cameras, radar, lidar)  

  • Experience with signal integrity 

  • Familiarity with MIL-STD-1580 (destructive physical analysis), EEE-INST-002, or similar

  • Familiarity with Firmware development

The salary range for this position is $156,400 – 230,000. Compensation will vary depending on location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. You may also be offered a bonus, restricted stock units, and benefits. These ranges are subject to change.

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and life insurance
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • One Medical membership
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • 401(k) match 
    • Paid time off: vacation, sick, public health emergency, jury duty, bereavement and company holidays. 
    • Paid parental, family care and medical leave
    • Family care benefits: fertility benefits, Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (subsidized by Cruise).
    • Non-remote employees: Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan, healthy meals and snacks 
    • CruiseFlex – a working policy for US-Based Cruisers that lets you and your manager find what working style is best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home or a combination of home and in-office time.
  • We’re Integrated
    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.
  • We’re Funded
    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price & Walmart have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent
    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested
    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow.
    • Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO) – a unique equity program where employees, both current and former, have the option to sell any amount of their vested equity on a recurring basis, currently quarterly.
  • We’re Safety Conscious
    • We integrate #staysafe, our top priority at Cruise, into our everyday work. Through our Safety Management System, every Cruiser is asked to do their part by reporting any potential issues or hazards they observe and making continuous improvements. You’ll be able to contribute to safety at Cruise, no matter your job function or title.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. 

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

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