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Aurora delivers the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly.

Safety Regulatory Engineer
Pittsburgh, PA, US
Job Description / Skills Required

At Aurora, we’re on a mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. It all starts with the Aurora Driver, a platform created from industry-leading hardware and software and designed to adapt across a variety of vehicle types and industries.

We’re led by a team of self-driving luminaries, and we’ve forged strategic partnerships with leading transportation companies—including ride-hailing network Uber, truck-manufacturers PACCAR and Volvo Trucks, and the world’s largest automaker Toyota—setting us up to deliver the Aurora Driver in both trucks and passenger vehicles. We are funded by Amazon, Uber, T Rowe Price, and some of Silicon Valley’s best venture capital firms, including Sequoia, Greylock, and Index Ventures.

Aurora is in the best position to lead the self-driving space with a team of unparalleled depth and expertise, the technology to deliver, and the partnerships to build a transformative business for the long-term.

Aurora hires people who are excited to build the future of transportation.  Aurora is looking for an experienced Engineer within its Safety Standards team to accelerate successful self-driving development and deployment by designing and delivering impactful internal products. 

The Safety Regulatory Engineer will play a key role on Aurora’s Safety Standards team and will be a subject matter expert (SME) on compliance with vehicle safety regulations relating to various light and heavy vehicle platforms and safety systems. This position reports to the Manager, Safety Standards and will work closely with Safety, Legal, Government Relations, HR, Engineering, Operations, and other Product teams within Aurora.

A successful candidate for this role brings expertise interpreting and applying federal and state safety regulations to either light or heavy vehicles and working cross-functionally with legal, government affairs and engineering offices throughout an organization. An ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a proven track record building trusted relationships and successfully navigating complex regulatory processes at federal agencies. Enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and attention to detail are vital.

In this role, you will

  • Lead Aurora’s safety-related regulatory compliance assessment program.
  • Review and analyze existing industry safety standards, regulations, guidelines, and best practices and related activities applicable to automated driving systems.
  • Provides vehicle development and design recommendations through interpretation of federal and state safety regulations, and develops comments on proposed rules, notices, legislation, and requests for comment.
  • Lead internal activities to extract, develop and propose safety requirements and justifications based on relevant safety standards, regulations, guidelines, and best practices.
  • Provides expert input to Government Relations, Legal, and other offices within Aurora on compliance with existing safety-related federal and state motor vehicle safety regulations.
  • Drafts petitions for consideration, rule-making and exemption requests for submission to government agencies (US DOT, NHTSA, FMCSA, FHWA, State DOTs) on regulatory safety standards.
  • Leads external collaboration with government agencies and standards development organizations (e.g. SAE, IEEE, ISO) in the area of regulatory safety standards.
  • Leads core groups of subject matter experts within Aurora to provide input to industry working groups and advance Aurora’s position on a variety of different focus areas regarding vehicle safety technologies.
  • Participate and support the generation of industry positions, identifying market trends, and monitoring USDOT research as it relates to such safety standards.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or a technical field.
  • 5 - 7 years of experience in automotive industry product safety at an OEM or Tier 1 supplier AND industry standards development (SAE International, ISO and other industry working groups).
  • Deep experience and understanding of existing vehicle safety standards, e.g., FMVSS, CMVSS, FMCSR, UN ECE, US NCAP, Euro NCAP, IIHS, ISO, SAE, etc.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of safety compliance assessment process and methods.
  • Analytical and conceptual thinking – using logic and reasoning, creativity and strategy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and the ability to convey complex technical topics succinctly and persuasively.
  • Project management, responsible for developing project schedules to support timely completion of content and other deliverables.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory landscape relating to passenger and heavy vehicles in the U.S.
  • Ability to track, monitor and coordinate anticipated and on-going matters within the different stakeholders of the organization.



Working at Aurora

At Aurora, we bring together people with extraordinary talent and experience united by the strength of our values. We operate with integrity, set outrageous goals, and continue to build a culture where we win together—all without any jerks.

We have offices in Pittsburgh, Mountain View, San Francisco, Bozeman, Dallas and Seattle. We also offer a competitive benefits package that supports the whole you, including:

  • Competitive salary, bonus and RSU package
  • Premium choices for Medical, vision, and dental
  • 401k benefits
  • Life and disability benefits
  • 18 weeks paid leave for new parents and caregivers
  • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
  • Fertility benefits through Carrot
  • Working from home support
  • Professional growth and mentorship opportunities through the Aurora Academy
  • Wellness Platforms (Spring Health, Headspace, Aaptiv, Quit Genius)

We believe that self-driving technology has broad benefits – including an increase in safety and access to transportation – and to achieve those benefits, we want and need a workforce with diverse experiences, insights, and perspectives; said another way, a workforce that reflects the communities and people our technology will benefit.

Individuals seeking employment at Aurora are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, parent or caregiver status, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran and/or military status, physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal or state law. 

About Aurora

Founded in 2017, Aurora was started by industry luminaries, and now we’re a team with a multitude of perspectives and experiences. 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 Model X and Autopilot programs. Drew Bagnell, also a Carnegie Mellon alum, is a machine learning expert who helped build Uber’s autonomy effort. Regarded as the most experienced leadership team in the industry, these three bring decades of expertise, passion and focus to realizing our mission.