Senior Systems Engineer

San Francisco
Hardware Engineering – Systems Engineering /
Full-time /
At Ouster, we build sensors and tools for engineers, roboticists, and researchers, so they can make the world safer and more efficient. We've transformed LIDAR from an analog device with thousands of components to an elegant digital device powered by one chip-scale laser array and one CMOS sensor. The result is a full range of high-resolution LIDAR sensors that deliver superior imaging at a dramatically lower price. Our advanced sensor hardware and vision algorithms are used in autonomous cars, drones and many other applications. If you’re motivated by solving big problems, we’re hiring key roles across the company and need your help!

We are looking for a Sr Systems Engineer who can use their cross-functional knowledge and experience to perform system analysis and integration, as well as develop and manage requirements throughout all stages of a product lifecycle. This role will translate many stakeholder requirements into clear technical requirements across a diverse customer range and product portfolio. The ideal candidate will not only be able to decompose these requirements but prescribe and develop verification and validation tests alongside various engineering disciplines.


    • Develop key engineering documents such as interface control documents, design change management, and V&V compliance
    • Perform trade studies, impact and risk analyses for proposed requirement changes
    • Conduct and document system-level analyses, including proof of concept studies and prototyping activities to support requirements generation
    • Drive the functional development from system to component level in integrated cooperation within a cross-functional team
    • Develop and execute V&V plans and ensure requirements traceability (“V” model implementation)
    • Author, decompose, and iterate the technical requirements with the development teams and ensure their testability
    • Provide frequent and clear communication to design engineers, peers, and external stakeholders

Minimum Qualifications

    • BS or MS in Mechanical, Computer, Electrical, Systems Engineering, Physics, or a related field
    • 3-5+ years of industry experience
    • Experience with systems engineering for complex products such as lidar, electro-optical, or imaging systems
    • Exposure to Requirements Management for establishing traceability using RM tools such as JAMA or MBSE tools.
    • Ability to motivate others, drive collaboration, and quickly resolve conflicts 
    • Work successfully in cross-functional teams, especially across organizational and geographical boundaries

Desirable Qualifications

    • Experience with functionally safe product requirements (ASIL, SIL)
    • Data analysis and visualization capabilities (JMP, Python scripting, MySql, etc)
    • Familiarity with Model Based System Engineering methodologies and tools (e.g. SysML, Enterprise Architect, OPM etc.)
    • Show out-of-box thinking and invent creative solutions for challenging problems
$120,000 - $180,000 a year
The base pay will be dependent on your skills, work experience, location, and qualifications. This role may also be eligible for equity & benefits.
We acknowledge the confidence gap at Ouster. You do not need to meet all of these
requirements to be the ideal candidate for this role.

At Ouster we offer a range of competitive benefits, as we believe in taking care of our employees in all aspects of their lives. Our newly renovated office, located in the Mission District of San Francisco, is a dog-friendly workplace with a kitchen stocked with snacks, fresh fruit and drinks, and a complimentary dinner catered nightly. Additional perks include 15 vacation days/10 paid holidays annually; paid parental leave; pre-tax commuter or health care/dependent care accounts; 401K match up to 4%; medical, vision and dental plans with premiums covered at 100% for the employee and 75% for dependents (Cigna or Kaiser); life insurance; and short term disability and long term disability. Ouster offers the best benefit options available because we consider the well-being of our employees a top priority.

Ouster is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that pursues and hires a diverse workforce. Ouster does not make employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws. Ouster also strives for a healthy and safe workplace, and prohibits harassment of any kind. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ouster considers qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.