• Location
    • Mountain View
  • Date Posted
  • Sep. 6, 2021
  • Function
  • Engineering Hardware
  • Sector
  • Mobility

At Aurora, we’re on a mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. It all starts with the Aurora Driver, a platform created from industry-leading hardware and software and designed to adapt across a variety of vehicle types and industries.

We’re led by a team of self-driving luminaries, and we’ve forged strategic partnerships with leading transportation companies—including ride-hailing network Uber, truck-manufacturers PACCAR and Volvo Trucks, and the world’s largest automaker Toyota—setting us up to deliver the Aurora Driver in both trucks and passenger vehicles. We are funded by Amazon, Uber, T Rowe Price, and some of Silicon Valley’s best venture capital firms, including Sequoia, Greylock, and Index Ventures.

Aurora is in the best position to lead the self-driving space with a team of unparalleled depth and expertise, the technology to deliver, and the partnerships to build a transformative business for the long-term.

Aurora hires talented people with diverse backgrounds who are ready to help build a transportation ecosystem that will make our roads safer, get crucial goods where they need to go, and make mobility more efficient and accessible for all. We’re searching for a Head of Exploration who will support current generation sensor programs and lead exploration of future sensing and perception opportunities.

In this role, you will

  • Work closely with our sensor and perception teams to understand our sensing capabilities and roadmap
  • Develop perspectives on where opportunities and gaps might be in our sensing capability and sensor strategy with a longer-term horizon in mind
  • Maintain relationships and intel across the sensor ecosystem including both established players and start-ups (chips, components, systems, software modules, etc.) for both existing and future products
  • Execute internal research and development of  automotive sensor technology
  • Design tests to validate the claims of external suppliers and make recommendations for future interaction
  • Surface high-impact findings to relevant Engineering leadership, keeping feedback loop going to influence Aurora’s sensor strategy
  • Actively manage our relationship with current sensor vendors to make sure those supplier are delivering to expectations
  • Help drive value to key engineering stakeholders

Required Qualifications

  • Deep technical expertise in radar (architecture, systems, signal processing), equivalent to PhD plus 5 years of work experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, develop, and launch complex hardware products
  • Depth of understanding in perception and simulation in autonomous systems
  • Ability to manage a team of subject matter experts and set technical direction of exploration in sensing
  • Strong ability to communicate (verbal and written) succinctly and effectively with engineering, external, partners, and Aurora’s leadership
  • Strong ownership and bias for action



Working at Aurora

At Aurora, we bring together people with extraordinary talent and experience united by the strength of our values. We operate with integrity, set outrageous goals, and continue to build a culture where we win together—all without any jerks.

We have offices in Pittsburgh, Mountain View, San Francisco, Bozeman, Dallas and Seattle. We also offer a competitive benefits package that supports the whole you, including:

  • Competitive salary, bonus and RSU package
  • Premium choices for Medical, vision, and dental
  • 401k benefits
  • Life and disability benefits
  • 18 weeks paid leave for new parents and caregivers
  • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
  • Fertility benefits through Carrot
  • Working from home support
  • Professional growth and mentorship opportunities through the Aurora Academy
  • Wellness Platforms (Spring Health, Headspace, Aaptiv, Quit Genius)

We believe that self-driving technology has broad benefits – including an increase in safety and access to transportation – and to achieve those benefits, we want and need a workforce with diverse experiences, insights, and perspectives; said another way, a workforce that reflects the communities and people our technology will benefit.

Individuals seeking employment at Aurora are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, parent or caregiver status, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran and/or military status, physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal or state law.

About Aurora

Founded in 2017, Aurora was started by industry luminaries, and now we’re a team with a multitude of perspectives and experiences. Chris Urmson helped lead Carnegie Mellon’s efforts in Darpa’s Grand Challenges, then was a founding member of Google’s self-driving team. Sterling Anderson worked on the tech at MIT before leading Tesla’s Model X and Autopilot programs. Drew Bagnell, also a Carnegie Mellon alum, is a machine learning expert who helped build Uber’s autonomy effort. Regarded as the most experienced leadership team in the industry, these three bring decades of expertise, passion and focus to realizing our mission.