Planning & Controls Engineer


  • Location
    • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Date Posted
  • 16 Jun 2020
  • Function
  • Tech Ops
  • 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 Planning & Controls engineers. He/She will help develop and implement core algorithms for making intelligent driving decisions in complex environments.


  • Develop motion planning algorithms for comfortable and safe trajectories for a self-driving vehicle
  • Develop policies and plans to manage multi-actor interactions and plans under uncertainty
  • Model vehicle and controller dynamics and use these models to characterize and accelerate controller improvements
  • Develop and implement production-grade algorithms.
  • Build learning approaches that adapt the above algorithms in the presence of data


  • BS, MS, or PhD in Robotics, Computer Science or related field
  • Strong C++ programming and software design skills
  • Familiarity with modern planning approaches including randomized search methods and trajectory optimization and modern model predictive control and other advanced control techniques
  • Knowledge of machine learning and the interplay between learning and decision making


  • Experience in designing and building state of the art machine learning algorithms
  • Experience with adaptive control, system identification, and statistical and machine learning methods
  • Experience with embedded Linux and real-time systems

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

More about Aurora

Aurora has assembled one of the most experienced leadership teams in the space to go build the next leading self-driving vehicle company - including leaders from Google / Waymo, Tesla, Uber ATG, Apple, and several others to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology quickly and safely around the world. We are partnered with some of the largest automakers on the planet and funded by some of Silicon Valley’s best venture capital firms, including Greylock and Index Ventures.