Perception Manager, Self-Driving

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract. 

As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. 

Role Summary 

As a Perception Manager at Rivian, you will lead a team of engineers that develop algorithms that create real-time virtual representations of the local environment around the vehicle including objects, obstacles, lanes, and signals. The team uses raw and processed measurements from sensors on the existing production vehicles in addition to evaluating new sensors and developing algorithms for future vehicle programs. The ideal candidate would have a track record of bringing state-of-the-art perception and machine learning ideas into production. 


  • Lead a team of software engineers to design and develop state-of-the-art perception algorithms 
  • Help to build, grow and retain talent, providing leadership, technical direction, and career growth opportunities 
  • Set a cohesive technical roadmap for your team 
  • Research and develop state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms and machine learning models for the perception system. 
  • Deploy algorithms for approved features to the production embedded platform 
  • Define KPIs and report metrics to verify algorithms meet performance requirements and safety goals 
  • Root cause and resolve issues 
  • Evaluate and support sourcing efforts for sensors on future vehicle programs 
  • Work closely with cross-functional stakeholders in systems, controls, simulation, prediction, planning, embedded, hardware, and test validation teams 


  • MS. or Ph.D. in Electrical/Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Robotics, Mechatronics or a related field 
  • 5+ years of experience in Machine Learning, and Perception 
  • 1+ years of experience in a lead role 
  • C/C++, Python (pytorch or tensorflow) programming experience 
  • Hands-on experience and theoretical knowledge of radars, LiDARs, cameras, or ultrasonics 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced development environment 
  • Team player with great communication skills 
  • Passionately motivated to take ideas from R&D to production 


Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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