• Location
    • Palo Alto
  • Date Posted
  • 16 Mar 2020
  • Function
  • Software Engineering
  • Sector
  • Ai/ml, Mobility

Aurora works at the intersection of rigorous engineering and applied machine learning to address one of the most challenging, important, and interesting opportunities of our generation: transforming the way people and goods move.

Founded by three of the world’s leaders of the self-driving vehicle industry, we design the software and hardware that will power the next revolution in transportation. We partner with others as we believe this allows us to move more quickly than any one company can move alone.

Aurora hires people who want to build the future of transportation. We are searching for a Thermal Engineer. He/She will work closely with our Product Design, Electrical and Systems Engineering teams to analyze and design thermal solutions for our self-driving hardware platform.


  • Develop thermal solutions for autonomous vehicle hardware from architecture-to-production
  • Collaborate with Aurora hardware and software teams to develop product requirements and specifications
  • Optimize design and performance with analytical and computational models
  • Verify models and evaluate design by developing prototypes and executing validation plans- this will require collaboration with test engineering and extensive lab work
  • Evaluate and report test data to refine design and system integration accordingly
  • Develop component and system requirements based on vehicle, safety, performance, reliability, and customer requirements
  • Work with hardware platform partners to optimize Aurora design for high-volume production


  • Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering (thermal systems preferred)
  • 5+ years of industry thermal design and validation experience (electronics and integrated circuits preferred)
  • Strong first principle understanding of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics
  • Ability to perform hand calculations and build analytical models for first-order design
  • Expertise developing CFD and numerical simulations of fluid systems (ANSYS preferred)
  • Experience selecting and evaluating thermal system components including fans, pumps, heat spreaders, and thermal interface materials
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with cross functional teams


  • Software competency in Python, Labview, Excel
  • Experience with CAD packages (CATIA)
  • Experience optimizing thermal designs for acoustic and NVH constraints
  • Strong presentation and communication skills for driving critical design decisions

Working at Aurora

  • Your work has real purpose and will improve lives all around the world. Our technology will increase roadway safety, expand access to transportation, revitalize our cities, and create a new platform for people to enjoy next generation experiences in transportation
  • We're a growing team of incredibly smart and very fun people you'll likely enjoy being around