Photonics Prototyping Engineer


  • Location
    • Bozeman, MT
  • Date Posted
  • 13 Oct 2020
  • Function
  • Tech Ops
  • Sector
  • Ai/ml, Mobility

Bringing self-driving vehicles to our roads is the most transformative opportunity of our generation. Aurora is taking a fresh start with the development of self-driving technology, combining excellence in AI, rigorous engineering, and a team with decades of experience building robots that work.

Led by a team of seasoned experts, including three of the world’s leaders of self-driving technology, our mission is to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. We are designing the software and hardware to power the transportation of our future that will make our roads safer, give more people access to mobility, and reduce congestion and pollution in cities - improving the quality of life for all. The challenge in what we are endeavoring to achieve is transcendent; we are developing perhaps the world’s most complex computing system and asking it to perform the task of transporting and keeping safe our most precious asset: human life.

We’re looking for people who are as excited as we are to solve these complex problems and make this tremendous impact on our future, and who want to be surrounded by great people while we do it. We are searching for an engineer with great hands-on experience to help lead the rapid development of new electro-optic lidar prototypes and to assist in the debugging of all aspects of the system performance.


  • Specifying, designing, reviewing, validating, debugging, and developing test infrastructure for electro-optical, electro-mechanical, and general electronic systems and sub-components.
  • Verification/validation of the optical, electrical, and mechanical aspects of an overall photonics system.
  • Verification/validation of beam steering devices to evaluate feedback, control, and power consumption parameters.
  • Working with photonics systems to measure power consumption and identify noise sources, verify and debug functional behavior and signal integrity, measure and evaluate environmental and detection performance.
  • Designing, Prototyping, and evaluating drive electronics and signal conditioning for a variety of photonics devices.
  • Developing test fixtures to automate the verification of passive fiber and optical components such as fusion couplers, circulators, interconnects, and collimators


  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Physics or related degree
  • Experience with electro-optical / photonics devices (lasers, modulators, detectors, switches, etc…)
  • Experience in a laboratory environment compiling data
  • Experience with RF, mixed-signal, and power conditioning electronics and test equipment
  • Thorough understanding of photonic device characterization, validation, and debug
  • Hands on experience with electric circuit prototyping (breadboarded lab setups, schematic specification and layout review, soldering)
  • Detail oriented, results based, high-performer


  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Physics or related degree
  • Experience taking prototypes to product
  • Experience in the automotive industry

Working at Aurora

Our work has real purpose. Delivering self-driving will improve lives around the world, expanding access to transportation, revitalizing cities, giving people more time back every day.

We’re one team. We’re inspired by the challenge of what we’re solving and the impact our work will have on society. Our camaraderie is built on respect for our work and the fundamental belief our success will be a result of working together.

The Founding Team

Aurora has assembled the most experienced leadership team in the space. 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 Autopilot system. Drew Bagnell, also a Carnegie Mellon alum, is a machine learning expert who helped build Uber’s autonomy effort. At Aurora, these three continue to bring experts from all areas of the industry to the team. We are funded by some of Silicon Valley’s best venture capital firms, including Sequoia, Greylock and Index Ventures.