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

Software Test Engineer - Simulation
San Francisco, CA, US
Mountain View, CA, US
Job Description / Skills Required

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 are looking for engineers to help build up our corpus of thousands of simulation test scenarios. These scenarios are carefully designed to test and validate the performance of our Autonomous Vehicle software in a virtual environment. Engineers will use a combination of our in-house tools and Python scripting to create and validate scenarios as well as develop automation and tooling to support the creation process.


  • Learn to use In-house GUI tools to create synthetic scenarios
  • Use Python scripting to procedurally generate scenarios
  • Curate our (very large) set of existing scenarios
  • Use our internal simulation tools to test scenarios
  • Build tooling and processes to help streamline and scale the scenario creation process


  • Degree (or equivalent experience) in Computer Science or General Engineering
  • Python or C++ experience
  • Good mathematical skills
  • Understands the requirements for software testing: How to build robust, safe software through strong testing practices
  • Passion for solving challenging, impactful problems


  • Experience in the autonomous vehicle domain
  • Experience in robotics or simulation

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.