Senior Software Engineer – Motion Planning

Optimus Ride

  • Full Time

About Optimus Ride
Optimus Ride is an autonomous mobility service provider on a mission to drive the future of transportation. We develop and own the full AV tech stack and user experience–algorithms, software, hardware, and system integration–for autonomous, electric rides for communities near and far. We’re focused on driving innovation and delivering convenient, turnkey transportation services for master planned communities, corporate and academic campuses, and mixed use developments. We’re driven to create safe, sustainable, and equitable transportation solutions for all.

Optimus Ride is headquartered in the Boston Seaport District, not far from our old stomping ground at MIT. From the boardroom to the test track, our teammates (affectionately referred to as Optimists) bring deep industry and subject matter expertise, a collaborative and focused work ethic, and an optimistic outlook on the future of autonomous, sustainable, community-serving transportation.




  • MS or PhD in computer science, robotics, electrical/mechanical/aerospace engineering, or a related field, or equivalent practical experience
  • Experience with motion planning as applied to autonomous robots
  • The passion and ability to tackle both hardware and software challenges in making robots work in real life
  • Excellent software development skills using C++
  • Excellent communication skills in written and verbal English
  • Interest and ability to learn additional skills and technologies as required

    Preferred Qualifications


  • Deep knowledge of heuristic search or sampling-based motion planners, such as A* and RRT
  • Significant experience in implementing motion planners for real robots, under safety, compute, and time constraints.
  • Deep knowledge of motion planning with differential constraints, generating dynamically feasible trajectories, and managing interactions with controllers and system dynamics.
  • Deep knowledge of modeling and planning under uncertainties.
  • Significant experience working in a production environment and writing quality code, preferably in C++
  • Excellent knowledge of version control tools such as Git/Mercurial/SVN, and extensive experience with software engineering processes such as code reviews and continuous integration





    (We are open to reviewing resumes of candidates who may not have these qualities yet, but demonstrate the potential to learn them on the job.)
    Benefits and Working Environment
    At Optimus Ride, we strive to support our employees by offering competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and a world class working environment that is centered around the team. We nurture creativity and provide expansive opportunities for growth and development.
    Optimus Ride provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.