Staff Software Engineer, Mapping


  • Full Time

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

In our cars, you’re free to be yourself. It’s the same here at Cruise. We’re creating a culture that values the experiences and contributions of all of the unique individuals who collectively make up Cruise, so that every employee can do their best work. 

Cruise is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, both in our workplace and in our products. If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, come join us. Even if you might not meet every requirement, we strongly encourage you to apply. You might just be the right candidate for us.

The AVMaps team is looking for a fullstack developer to join the team and to improve the overall system/tools/process of our AVMap production systems.This is a role for someone who has built large scale distributed systems in the past and is comfortable leading high-impact and high-visibility projects and mentoring team members.


What You’ll Be Doing

  • Provide technical leadership in architecting, implementing, and rolling out the next generations of our Map data storage and labeling at Cruise.

  • Collaborate with others, from hardworking team members within your group, through smart technologists in other functions like machine learning, AI, or data science, to responsible leaders across Cruise.

  • Build up strong relationships with people in the organization, meaningfully collaborating, and building trust.

  • Be a role model and mentor for others on acting with good judgment and responsibility.

  • Have vision and identify strategically important problems, inefficiencies, or opportunities for meaningful improvements.

  • Raise the bar on engineering excellence by improving standard methodologies, producing best in class of code, documentation, testing, and monitoring.

  • Collaborate with the Operations team within Maps and propose architecture solutions to mitigate workflow inefficiencies and bottlenecks


You should apply for this role if you have the following qualifications:

  • 8+ years as a developer.

  • Strong experience in building, shipping, debugging, and operating full stack web services and applications  in a production environment.

  • Have owned and shipped products used by end consumers.

  • Expert knowledge in designing, building and deploying large-scale distributed systems.

  • Experience communicating well across functions and groups, including product, design, and end users.

  • Strong skills in debugging distributed production systems and tracing behavior across multiple microservices.

  • Strong knowledge of API design, SOA, microservices, Node.js (or equivalent), and HTTP.

  • Experience with front end frameworks like Typescript, React, Redux, Mapbox (or equivalent).

  • Experience with PostgreSQL

  • Knowledge of GCP, AWS or Azure

  • Experience with CI/CD tools like Docker, Kubernetes, and  Buildkite 

  • Passionate about building web services and reusable software components: how they're used, how they scale, how they fit together and how they break 

Bonus Points

  • Knowledge of computer vision, machine learning, or automated cartographic error detection in maps

  • Experience with WebGL and building large-scale 3D interactive visualizations on the web

  • Experience developing applications for the AVMaps 

  • Knowledge or experience working with PostGIS

  • Deep experience working with the internals of Node.js

  • Experience designing performant geospatial services, coordinate systems and coordinate transforms

  • Experience debugging node internals and performance issues in production deployments

  • Experience in event driven programming and managing distributed state

  • works for distributed systems with distributed database systems and heavy data loads. 


The salary range for this position is $170,000 – 250,000. 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:

    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • One Medical membership
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care, and medical leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
    • CruiseFlex, a working policy for US-Based Cruisers, lets you and your manager find the working style that’s best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home, or a combination of home and in-office time. – learn more about CruiseFlex here
  • 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, and 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. We offer a new kind of equity program called Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO), which combines IPO-like liquidity with the stability of remaining private – learn more about RLO here

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.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email

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