Staff Software Engineer, Embedded Systems - Sensors [Remote Eligible] at Cruise | The Muse (2023)


3+ months agoSan Francisco, CA

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced, self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, join us.

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The Embedded Systems Sensors teams develop the first layers of environmental sensing software on the car from interfacing with hardware to moving large amounts of data up the software stack. Staff Software Engineers are responsible for designing, documenting, and implementing sophisticated, highly scalable, low-latency software in C++ on Linux-based systems. This role will specifically work within our multi-sensor systems and sensor data pipelines and will create the foundational software on which the rest of Cruise builds upon.

What you'll be doing:

  • Work with cross-functional teams to define the system-level architecture for the implementation of our future generations of the Autonomous Vehicle environmental sensing

  • Initiate large projects with complex design breaking them down to the right logical components to optimize software stack and support scalability

  • Improve and deliver reliable software through requirements generation, continuous integration, automated testing, issue tracking, and code reviews

  • Mentor others and be a role model for the team

What you must have:

  • 10+ years of experience writing production-quality software

  • Proficiency with C++11 or later

  • Experience applying and mentoring team members on software development best practices

  • Capable of influencing others and building consensus even over contentious technical debates

  • Play a key role in others’ professional development adding value to their career via improving their technical skills

Bonus points!

  • Experience with safety-critical development (FDA, FAA, Automotive)

  • Experience with different types of sensors and environmental sensing systems

  • Experience developing on and for Embedded Linux / POSIX systems

  • Experience with ROS or other robotics middleware platforms

  • Experience with other languages: C, Python, Bash, Go

  • Experience with embedded build systems, such as buildroot or Yocto

  • Experience with QNX, VxWorks, or similar

The salary range for this position is $170,000 - 250,000. Compensation will vary depending on location, job-related knowledge, skills and experience. You may also be offered a bonus, restricted stock units, and benefits. These ranges are subject to change.

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Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:

    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and life insurance

    • Subsidized mental health benefits

    • One Medical membership

    • Flexible Spending Account

    • Monthly wellness stipend

    • 401(k) match

    • Paid time off: vacation, sick, public health emergency, jury duty, bereavement and company holidays.

    • Paid parental, family care and medical leave

    • Family care benefits: fertility benefits, Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (subsidized by Cruise).

    • Non-remote employees: Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan, healthy meals and snacks

    • CruiseFlex - a working policy for US-Based Cruisers that lets you and your manager find what working style is best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home or a combination of home and in-office time.

  • We’re Integrated

    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.

  • We’re Funded

    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price & Walmart have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.

  • We’re Independent

    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.

  • We’re Vested

    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow.

    • Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO) - a unique equity program where employees, both current and former, have the option to sell any amount of their vested equity on a recurring basis, currently quarterly.

  • We’re Safety Conscious

    • We integrate #staysafe, our top priority at Cruise, into our everyday work. Through our Safety Management System, every Cruiser is asked to do their part by reporting any potential issues or hazards they observe and making continuous improvements. You’ll be able to contribute to safety at Cruise, no matter your job function or title.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives.

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team knowor email

We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias. To help us track the effectiveness and inclusivity of our recruiting efforts, please consider answering the following demographic questions. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary. Your answers to these questions will not be shared with the hiring decision makers and will not impact the hiring decision in any way. Instead, Cruise will use this information not only to comply with any government reporting obligations but also to track our progress toward meeting our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives.

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Vaccine Mandate.

At Cruise, we’re tasked with leading in the communities we serve — and doing our part to help keep our communities and our teams safe. Our #StaySafe culture transcends and informs all we do, and because of this, as of October 31, 2021 Cruise will be mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all US-based Cruisers who need or want to access any of our US Cruise facilities and engage in any business travel — including attending any in-person Company-sponsored event.

If you are unable to get a vaccine due to a medical condition, disability, or a strongly-held religious belief, Cruise will consider requests for an accommodation.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners.

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Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA
    • HSA
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • On-Site Gym
    • Mental Health Benefits
  • Parental Benefits
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Family Support Resources
  • Work Flexibility
    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
    • Work-From-Home Stipend
  • Office Life and Perks
    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • Happy Hours
    • Snacks
    • Some Meals Provided
    • Company Outings
    • On-Site Cafeteria
    • Holiday Events
  • Vacation and Time Off
    • Paid Vacation
    • Unlimited Paid Time Off
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
  • Financial and Retirement
    • 401(K)
    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Company Equity
    • Performance Bonus
  • Professional Development
    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Work Visa Sponsorship
    • Leadership Training Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    • Founder led
    • Woman founded/led
    • Black founded/led
    • Asian founded/led
    • LGBTQ+ founded/led

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