Staff Opto-Mechanical Engineer - Lidar



Other Engineering
Mountain View, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Who We Are

Aurora (Nasdaq: AUR) is delivering the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly to make transportation safer, increasingly accessible, and more reliable and efficient than ever before. The Aurora Driver is a self-driving system designed to operate multiple vehicle types, from freight-hauling semi-trucks to ride-hailing passenger vehicles, and underpins Aurora Horizon and Aurora Connect, its driver-as-a-service products for trucking and ride-hailing. Aurora is working with industry leaders across the transportation ecosystem, including Toyota, FedEx, Volvo Trucks, PACCAR, Uber, Uber Freight, U.S. Xpress, Werner, Covenant, Schneider, and Ryder. For Aurora’s latest news, visit and @aurora_inno on Twitter.

Aurora hires talented people with diverse backgrounds who are ready to help build a transportation ecosystem that will make our roads safer, get crucial goods where they need to go, and make mobility more efficient and accessible for all. We’re searching for a Staff Opto-Mechanical Engineer to join our Lidar team in Mountain View or San Francisco.

The Hardware Product Engineering Lidar team is responsible for the Lidar product design and execution. The team works cross functionally with the Lidar R+D team and Lidar systems team to productize our internally developed Lidar system. Our team works to harden the design so it can withstand intense automotive stressors and we work towards generating a more manufacturable design that is able to scale to higher volumes.

In this role, you will

  • Partner with our optical team and R+D team to develop next generation opto-mechanical subsystems for our next generation LIDAR systems
  • Work with Zemax/Ray trace models to design the optics for the system alongside the optical team
  • Aid in the development of opto-mechanical prototypes to de-risk future generation LIDAR optics
  • Work with our validation and reliability teams to develop and execute test plans for our LIDAR optical subsystems
  • Support existing production of our current generation LIDAR opto-mechanical elements including support of engineering change requests and general sustaining requests
  • Work with reliability and design validation teams to progress A sample designs to B sample maturity
  • Work with suppliers to integrate DFM/DFA feedback during B sample development
  • Work with contract manufacturers to scale B sample production and manage C sample modifications
  • Design prototype and mass-production parts including machined, injection-molded, formed, die-casted, extruded, etc.
  • Perform design analysis including stress, strain, thermal, modal, and tolerance
  • Create 2-D drawings and documentation with GD&T fundamentals
  • Perform root cause analysis and drive towards mediations

Required Qualifications

  • BS / MS in Mechanical Engineering + 5 years of industry experience in Opto-Mechanical Design
    • Senior or staff level experience is required for this position
  • Extensive product design background with strong product design fundamentals
  • Mid to high volume design of an optomechanical system
  • Proficient in CAD design - Catia V6 preferred, not required
  • Experience ruggedizing hardware for harsh environments (automotive a bonus)
  • GD&T fundamentals
  • Strong presentation and communication skills for driving critical design decisions
  • Knowledge of rapid prototyping, design-for-manufacture, design-for-test, and design-of-experiments

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience with photonic integrated circuits
  • Experience with laser package design
  • Experience miniaturizing photonic systems
  • Sealing and ingress protection experience
  • PCBA design and packaging experience
  • Experience designing thermal solutions for high power densities
  • Experience with common photonics technology such as optical amplifiers, light sources (such as lasers), transmission media, detectors, modulators, etc.
  • Automotive background
  • Lidar, radar or general sensor tech background

The base salary range for this position is $181k to $290k per year. Aurora’s pay ranges are determined by role, level, and location. Within the range, the successful candidate’s starting base pay will be determined based on factors including job-related skills, experience, qualifications, relevant education or training, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future. The successful candidate will also be eligible for an annual bonus, equity compensation, and benefits.



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