Senior Autonomy Behavior II, Performance Assessment Engineer

San Francisco, CA

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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.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

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, join us.



You will be part of a team that articulates the AV risk profile, using quantitative and qualitative risk assessment methods. To achieve this we are looking for an expert to help us execute high quality risk assessments by triaging and understanding Cruise Autonomous Vehicle performance. In this position, you will work closely with engineers, product managers and data scientists to define failure modes and determine failure rates by using real and simulation data, while owning and leading a scalable and automated process to continuously monitor these safety indicators.

If you’re interested in having a major impact on accelerating failure diagnosis and AV behavior risk estimation through creative detective work, let’s chat!



  • Evaluate performance of safety-critical autonomy systems and functions using quantitative and qualitative methods and articulate data-driven safety risk scores/levels.
  • Rapid triage of requests, events and escalated issues
  • Articulate reports, summaries and recommendations, and presenting these to risk owners
  • Improve team impact and efficiency by working with dependencies such as data science, offshore labeling and systems engineering. 
  • Become a domain expert and team representative for certain AV components, maintaining knowledge of component limitations, diagnostic techniques, mitigation strategies and performance expectations, etc.
  • Maintain an understanding of the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) software stack by working closely with engineering stakeholders
  • Define and maintain scalable processes to identify, monitor and mitigate safety risk
  • Use in-house tools to triage and diagnose events occurring during on-road AV testing
  • Collaborate with leadership from engineering, legal, safety, operations, product, data science, etc. on a consistent basis



  • Consistent track record of root cause analysis in sophisticated software/hardware systems
  • Deep expertise in at least one component of the AV autonomy stack
  • You have strong critical thinking skills - you can interpret what the data is telling us, and which analyses will reveal impactful conclusions
  •  Strong cross functional communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to learn quickly, starting with little information and quickly becoming an expert in your domain
  • Excellent at communicating data-driven decisions to leadership
  • Strong project management skills to coordinate multiple risk assessment work streams simultaneously 
  • Bachelors or Masters in Engineering or related discipline; or equivalent combination education and experience



  • You have experience working with large datasets, SQL and Python or C++
  • Experience with statistical methods for risk estimation
  • Experience with developing data-driven metrics
  • Experience with GitHub and Jira or equivalent tools


Why Cruise?
  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:
    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • One Medical membership
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care and medical leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
    • CruiseFlex - a working policy for US-Based Cruisers that lets you and your manager find what working style is best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home or a combination of home and in-office time.
  • 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 & 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.
  • We’re Independent
    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested
    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow.
    • Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO) - a unique equity program where employees, both current and former, have the option to sell any amount of their vested equity on a recurring basis, currently quarterly.

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, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, 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

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.

Vaccine Mandate. 

At Cruise, we’re tasked with leading in the communities we serve — and doing our part to help keep our communities and our teams safe. Our #StaySafe culture transcends and informs all we do, and because of this, as of October 31, 2021 Cruise will be mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all US-based Cruisers who need or want to access any of our US Cruise facilities and engage in any business travel — including attending any in-person Company-sponsored event. 

If you are unable to get a vaccine due to a medical condition, disability, or a strongly-held religious belief, Cruise will consider requests for an accommodation.

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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Country: United States
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