Staff Systems Engineer, Research & Analytics


  • 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.

Cruise is looking for a Staff Systems Engineer to support strategic engineering decisions. Help us better understand human and AV safety performance, develop safety methodologies leveraging the latest research, and model our AV’s capabilities in places and markets where we’ve yet to operate.

In this position, you’ll have the chance to work at the intersection of hardware, software, and AV technology and have a hand in nearly every component of a technically sophisticated autonomous system.

If you're interested in using data to drive and influence future programs and decisions for Cruise autonomous vehicles, please apply!

What you’ll be doing:

  • Define success criteria from ambiguous problem statements

  • Lead and perform analysis of AV and human driving data to characterize safety performance, including non-collision safety-related event analysis, and detailed collision modeling

  • Develop and perform analyses modeling AV capabilities in new cities and serving new customer use cases

  • Provide guidelines and expertise on new safety developments from both industry and relevant safety research areas

  • Lead and communicate data analyses, trade studies, and safety analyses that provide partner teams and leadership (at the director and VP level) with all the information needed to develop and continuously improve the systems function/performance, technical strategy, and technical talent needs

  • Mentoring fellow Systems Engineers and fostering a positive, collaborative work environment

What you must have:

  • BS, MS, or PhD in Transportation Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, or another related field.

  • 10+ years of industry experience in systems analysis, data analysis, statistical analysis, systems engineering, robotics or other related fields

  • Significant statistical experience working with data-intensive on-line systems; examples include real-time metrics tracking systems and A/B testing methodologies

  • Proficiency with Python and SQL

  • Ability to adapt and operate under ambiguity

  • Strong critical thinking skills – interpret what the data is telling us, and which analyses will reveal impactful conclusions

  • Strong technical and non-technical communication skills

  • A track record of leading cross-functional initiatives

Bonus points!

  • Experience leading production software development projects and setting coding standards.

  • Experience with robotics, autonomous vehicles, vehicle development or ADAS development

  • Experience in transportation safety modeling or road networks & vehicle route planning

  • Experience developing tools for processing large datasets

  • Strong background in autonomous vehicle safety assessments

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.

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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