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

DevInfra - Build System Engineer
Palo Alto, CA, US
San Francisco, CA, US
Job Description / Skills Required

Aurora Overview

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, 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.

Aurora hires people who are excited to build the future of transportation. 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. Our software engineers work across the self-driving vehicle system, from algorithm design to high-performance embedded work to distributed implementations. We are developing robust, high performance, and highly reliable software.


  • Develop and maintain the build system for C++ and Python code, and data deployments.
  • Assist with the rollout of new toolchains, target platforms, and supported runtime environments.
  • Own the overall software build experience, tracking key build health metrics, and implementing new features and performance improvements.
  • Partner with devops to run and scale distributed build execution and caching infrastructure.


  • BS/MS or PhD in Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • Minimum 5 years software engineering background, preferably build engineering.
  • Experience using software build tools with large and complex codebases.
  • Comfort and familiarity with programming on Linux systems and investigating technical issues.
  • Experience with Python and package management tooling.
  • Strong background in modern C++.


  • Experience with Bazel, Buck, or similar modern build systems.
  • Experience launching/operating a distributed build platform, i.e. Buildfarm, IncrediBuild, etc.
  • Familiarity with Debian packaging.
  • Experience compiling CUDA code and the Nvidia toolchains.
  • Experience with FPGA toolchains.
  • Experience with reproducible or hermetic builds.
  • Experience with Java.

Working at Aurora

Our work has real purpose. Delivering the benefits of self-driving will save lives around the world, expand access to transportation, revitalize cities, and give people 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 developed MIT'S Intelligent CoPilot, then led the team that delivered Tesla Autopilot. 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 Amazon, T Rowe Price, and some of Silicon Valley’s best venture capital firms, including Sequoia, Greylock and Index Ventures.