GM Cruise LLC Sr. Lidar Systems Engineer in San Francisco, California

Sr. Lidar Systems Engineer

at Cruise Automation

San Francisco, CA

We're the driverless car company. We’re building the world’s best autonomous vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about.

Our vehicles are on the road in California, Arizona, and Michigan navigating some of the most challenging and unpredictable driving environments. We’re hiring people who want to solve some of today’s most complex engineering challenges and make a positive impact.

Cruise is looking for a Sr. Lidar Systems Engineer to define specifications for our in house lidar development and deployment activities for autonomous vehicle applications.


  • Manage and derive system and component requirements of complex LIDAR systems and subsystems

  • Provide detailed design specifications for engineering to support the development and validation of next generation Lidar sensors

  • Lead the development of and traceability of system as well as subsystem and component level requirements for testing and validation

  • Analyze and negotiate requirements with internal and external stakeholders, trace their implementation throughout product development and integration

  • Perform system and component DFMEA (Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis) for recording potential failure modes and planned corrective actions

  • Work with functional safety to apply ISO 26262 to manage safety related requirements

  • Lead problem resolution, tracking, and provide feedback on status to tracked problems

  • Apply solid technical understanding, critical reasoning and a structured approach to solving problems in both familiar and unfamiliar domains


  • 10+ years of industry experience developing complex system requirements for sensor evaluation and characterization

  • Extensive knowledge automotive electronic/electro-optical products directly related to ADAS and automotive LiDAR systems

  • Knowledge/experience with automotive active safety systems, specifications and environmental qualification

  • BS or MS in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or another relevant engineering field

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to identify and act on opportunities to improve processes and increase efficiency

  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment with a high tolerance of ambiguity

  • Willing and able to travel to up to 2 weeks a month between San Francisco and LA - can be based in either location


  • Solve difficult problems that have immediate and valuable real-world applications

  • Competitive salary and benefits including matched 401k, medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life

  • Paid parental leave

  • Flexible vacation and 10 paid company holidays

  • State of the art equipment for your work station

  • Lunch, snacks, and dinner

  • Free rides in self-driving cars!

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