Principal Software Engineer - Motion Planning

Pittsburgh, PA, US /
Autonomy – Planning & Controls /
Our Principal Software Engineer guides motion planning software architecture and design, implementation strategy, and code reviews. Partnering with motion planning research scientists to bring algorithms from concept to prototype and deployment in the real world at scale. Work in a complex and growing system where new features are being added and evaluated rapidly. 

What You'll Do:

    • Use your deep software development expertise to teach others better software practices and principles.  
    • Develop clean software for the motion planning and decision-making modules that sit at the core of autonomous driving systems and interface with all other key modules such localization, control, and perception. 
    • Collaborate with motion planning research scientists on cutting edge algorithms from design, prototyping, testing, deployment, to productization. 
    • Design and build robust and scalable codebase that enables rapid exploration and evaluation of different motion planning approaches and algorithms. 
    • Show initiative and be a lead team member in our innovative, fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment where cooperative teamwork is the norm. 

What You'll Bring:

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science or relevant field. 
    • 5-8+ years of software development experience. 
    • C++ (i.e. C++11, C++14, C++17) development experience in a Unix/Linux environment.   
    • Advanced knowledge of software engineering principles including software design, source control management, build processes, code reviews, testing methods.  
    • Experience in safety-critical applications and hard real-time constraints. 
    • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to learn. 
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. 
    • Flexible and creative thinking. 

About Us
Motional is making driverless vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality.
Our team is commercializing a world-class driverless system. The Motional team is behind some of the industry’s largest leaps forward in the last decade, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world’s first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world’s most-established public robotaxi fleet. Strategically formed by Hyundai Motor Group, one of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers offering smart mobility solutions, and Aptiv, a global technology leader in advanced safety, electrification, and vehicle connectivity, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives.

Headquartered in Boston, Motional has operations in the US and Asia. For more information, visit and follow us on TwitterLinkedInFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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