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Staff Software Engineer, Ephemeral Compute Platform

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Posted 12 days ago

Job Type

Full Time


$167k - $245k




  • Mission/Vision: Cruise aims to build the most advanced self-driving vehicles, enhancing urban transport safety and efficiency.

  • Key Responsibilities: Lead key initiatives to scale and optimize GPU use in the AI Validation Platform, improve system reliability, and drive community recognition.

  • Growth Opportunities: Engage in solving complex engineering challenges and work on extensive cross-functional initiatives within a cutting-edge tech environment.


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.

In our cars, you’re free to be yourself. It’s the same here at Cruise. We’re creating a culture that values the experiences and contributions of all of the unique individuals who collectively make up Cruise, so that every employee can do their best work.

Cruise is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, both in our workplace and in our products. 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, come join us. Even if you might not meet every requirement, we strongly encourage you to apply. You might just be the right candidate for us.

As a part of the AI Foundations organization, this team enables development and validation of autonomous vehicle software. Our mission is to provide a reliable, scalable and cost-efficient compute platform for rapid AV software development, validation and deployment. We orchestrate a variety of workloads such as simulations, model compilation & deployment, model performance validation, build, labeling, etc. on the Cloud and custom Cruise hardware. As Cruise’s largest cloud compute consumer, we strive to maintain a harmony between cost efficiency and developer productivity.

We are seeking a Staff Software Engineer to lead key initiatives within our AI Validation Platform team, focused on scaling, driving efficiency and high utilization of cutting-edge GPUs, while also leveling up the platform’s reliability and user experience. The successful candidate will have experience building and running scalable distributed systems. They will rapidly test and promote ideas, possess strong problem-solving skills, and demonstrate a bias for action.

If you are looking to solve one of today’s most complex engineering challenges, see the results of your work in hundreds of self-driving cars, and make a positive impact in the world starting in our cities, join us!

What you’ll be doing:

  • Own core platform components and services

  • Analyze and improve efficiency, scalability, and reliability of systems

  • Proactively identify, and drive improvements across product areas

  • Work on large scale initiatives and raise the overall Cruise engineering bar

  • Drive community recognition for Cruise engineering

What you must have:

  • 8+ years of relevant industry experience

  • Proven record of building large-scale distributed systems

  • Expertise in Go, or similar programming languages

  • Effective collaboration and influencing skills

  • Experience with cloud platforms like GCP or Azure

  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, multi-tasking environment with ever-evolving priorities

Bonus points!

  • Hands-on experience with Kubernetes at scale

  • Experience with messaging platforms and event-driven systems

  • Experience with high performance computing (HPC)

  • Familiarity with queueing and scheduling algorithms

  • Experience leading large cross-functional initiatives

  • Active participation in the open source community

The salary range for this positi__on is $166,600 - $245,000. Compensation will vary depending on location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. You ma__y also be offered a bonus, long-term incentives, and benefits. These ranges are subject to change.

Why Cruise?

Our benefits are here to support the whole you:

  • Competitive salary and benefits

  • Medical / dental / vision, Life and AD&D

  • Subsidized mental health benefits

  • Paid time off and holidays

  • Paid parental, medical, family care, and military leave of absence

  • 401(k) Cruise matching program

  • Fertility benefits

  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

  • Flexible Spending Account & Health Saving Account

  • Perks Wallet program for benefits/perks

  • Pre-tax Commuter benefit plan for local employees

  • CruiseFlex, our location-flexible work policy. (.

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, and 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.

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, caste, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, 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 know or email HR@getcruise.com_._

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.

Candidates applying for roles that operate and remotely operate the AV: Licensed to drive a motor vehicle in the U.S. for the three years immediately preceding your application, currently holding an active in-state regular driver’s license or equivalent, and no more than one point on driving record. A successful completion of a background check, drug screen and DMV Motor Vehicle Record check is also required.

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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