Staff Software Engineer, Simulation


  • 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.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

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, join us.

The Simulation group delivers products that accelerate our autonomous vehicle development, testing, and deployment through specialized frameworks and tools. As a software engineer on the Simulation Systems Engineering team, you will build products and tools to evaluate and report on Cruise’s different Simulation frameworks. You will be responsible for ensuring the full lifecycle of investigating and understanding our platforms: determining appropriate metrics and methodologies, building data pipelines to measure the accuracy and precision of different simulation frameworks, tracking the evolution of the AVs performance within Simulation, and deploying tools for clear and accurate reporting to stakeholders and customers.

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What you'll be doing:

  • Coordinate with stakeholders to define metrics which measure key performance indicators for simulation frameworks

  • Lead the definition and implementation of pipelines and tools which measure and continuously monitor metrics which evaluate simulated behaviors against real world observation data

  • Work closely with partner teams to enable rapid development and feedback, providing incremental value

  • Communicate progress and results clearly and concisely with leadership

  • Guide the organization in the identification and resolution of targeted areas for improvement

  • Maintain a high technical standard for code quality on the team, through architectural design and code reviews

What you must have:

  • BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science or equivalent experience, including tech leadership

  • 5+ years excellent Python / Golang coding abilities, with strong system fundamentals and a focus on data pipelines

  • 4 + years experience in one or more of the following areas: cloud based web service development, system monitoring, data pipelines & analysis, or performance profiling & optimization

  • Experience using at least one column oriented database/data warehouse (i.e. BigQuery, RedShift)

  • Familiarity with observability systems and best practices for Metrics, Logging, and Tracing

  • Familiarity with dashboarding systems for displaying and exploring metrics over time (i.e. Looker, Tableau, Kibana)

  • Clear track record of effective collaboration with customers and continuous delivery of quality results. Comfortable collaborating with data scientists, machine learning engineers, and platform teams

  • Possess a creative problem solving and continuous improvement mindset which leaves everything you touch better than it was before

  • Strong communication skills and experience addressing diverse audiences

  • Passion for safe, fully-electric, self-driving technology and its impact on the world

Bonus points!

  • Experience in computer simulation, including video games and vehicle simulation software

  • Experience with fast-growth companies and recruiting/retaining the best talent

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:
    • 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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