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Senior Software Engineer - Behavior Planning/Contingency Planning

NuroFull-time$167k - $250kMountain View, CaliforniaOct 26, 2023
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Who We Are 

Nuro exists to better everyday life through robotics. The company’s custom electric autonomous vehicles are designed to bring the things you need—from produce to prescriptions—right to your home. Nuro’s autonomous, goods-focused solution can give you valuable time back and more freedom to do what you love. This convenient, eco-friendly alternative to driving has the potential to make streets safer and cities more livable. 

About the Team

The behavior and motion planning team at Nuro is responsible to generate and select optimal, safe and smooth trajectories across all scenarios the NuroDriver can encounter. We are applying state of the art machine learning and robotics techniques in order to solve the behavior, motion planning and decision making problem.

About the Role

As a behavior engineer for contingency and failover planning you will be researching and developing algorithms that ensure the availability and selection of safe trajectory options for the NuroDriver at any time. This includes the detection and reaction to unexpected events like system degradations, hardware degradations, changes in road conditions and out of distribution events. You will be closely collaborating with our motion, behavior and maneuver planning teams as well as the system and safety teams

About the Work

  • Design and Implement state of the art algorithms for contingency maneuvers. 
  • Ensure robustness and reliability of the contingency planning framework. 
  • Collaborate with our testing and evaluation teams to ensure systematic testing and validation for contingency maneuvers.
  • Work cross functionally with engineers across perception, mapping, localization and systems and safety on the appropriate contingency response reactions. 
  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship for junior members of the behavior planning team
  • Write robust, production-ready software to make our vehicle safe and predictable in complex driving scenarios.

About You

  • PhD in Robotics, Computer Science, mechanical/aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, with 2+ years of relevant industry experience or M.S. with 4+ years of relevant industry experience.
  • Strong Software Development Skills in C++ and experience with Test Driven Development 
  • Proven track-record in designing and implementing Motion Planning Systems and Architectures for autonomous robots
  • Proven ability to collaborate within and across teams and derive best solutions from cross-functional interactions
  • Desire to work at the edge of Research and Development, bringing algorithms from research into production
  • Plus: Experience in embedded software development. 
  • Plus: Prior experience, working on safety-critical systems.


At Nuro, your base pay is one part of your total compensation package. For this position, the reasonably expected pay range is between $167,200 and $250,800 for the level at which this job has been scoped. Your base pay will depend on several factors, including your experience, qualifications, education, location, and skills. In the event that you are considered for a different level, a higher or lower pay range would apply. This position is also eligible for an annual performance bonus, equity, and a competitive benefits package.

At Nuro, we celebrate differences and are committed to a diverse workplace that fosters inclusion and psychological safety for all employees. Nuro is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and expressly prohibits any form of workplace discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics.



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