Autonomy Lead

  • HQ, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Full-time

Company Description

At Aerovect, we leverage advanced automation to transform logistics and cargo handling at some of the busiest airports and logistics centers in the world. With a focus on bringing self-driving technologies to complex industrial environments, AeroVect is shaping the future of industrial automation, backed by top-tier investors.

If you have a passion for applying autonomous driving technologies to impact the flow of goods for millions of people, we want to talk to you!

Job Description

We’re looking for an Engineering Leader who knows how to bring autonomous driving systems to life from the ground up. In this role, you'll lead, manage and grow a software team in a fast-paced, early-stage startup environment. In this role, you'll be the engineering lead for a category-defining ground vehicle system aimed at automating cargo movement at airports and logistics hubs. 

Your team and job scope will include all aspects of planning, perception, navigation, and infrastructure, and incorporate both cutting-edge techniques as well as proven, off-the-shelf technologies to support all autonomous trucking functions…and create unprecedented value and functionality for the modern supply chain. 

The opportunity offers a technical, hands-on team leader the chance to help develop a market-defining enterprise product that combines autonomous vehicle technology with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model.

This role reports directly to our co-founders.


What You’ll Do

  • Define, lead, and own the hands-on creation of an ADS stack for the airport, targeting milestones, growing the team, and working with internal/external partners — expect to spend 60-70% of your time performing hands-on development, with the remaining 30-40% managing schedule, removing obstacles, designing/coaching the team to hit aggressive milestones, and building a team of world-class engineers.

  • Lead a team of engineers bringing up all components necessary for autonomous driving in the airside airport environment, including vehicle corridors and airport apron.

  • Design, implement, test, and support all aspects of ground vehicle autonomy, including planning, perception, navigation, and infrastructure subsystems

  • Qualify all subsystems using objective measures

  • Collaborate with hardware engineering to create an integrated system, including sensor/compute selection and integration

  • Understand and keep up-to-date with state of the art


Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong CS fundamentals (via academic or industry experience)

  • Background in developing the autonomy (sensing & decision-making) functions of a deployed, autonomous vehicle

  • High-performing engineering experience

  • 2+ years experience leading software engineering teams

  • Industrial automation experience shipping safety-critical software

  • Experience shipping a working robotics or vehicle autonomy system

  • Candidates with unconventional experiences especially encouraged

  • Willingness to get hands-on and have lots of fun


Ideal Qualifications

  • PhD / advanced research experience in vehicle autonomy or machine learning

  • Background in safety-critical software/system development (preferably a ground robotics functional safety standard such as ISO 26262 or IEC 61508)

  • Prior experience developing and supporting all aspects of autonomy for a production ground-vehicle system, or research prototype (end-to-end, full lifecycle development preferred)

  • Startup experience

  • Experience with ROS, OpenCV

Additional Information

AeroVect is a technology company that applies the latest advances in autonomous driving systems to create today the airports and logistics centers of the future. We work with airports around the world to bring self-driving tow tractors to life.

Our experienced team of engineers and aerospace industry specialists from Harvard and MIT have collectively spent decades developing cutting-edge autonomy and aerospace technologies. Founded on the principles of safety, efficiency, and reliability, our mission is to create the airport of the future today, making logistics work for millions of people while having lots of fun on the way. Read more on our website at .


Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

We’re committed to growing and empowering a more inclusive community within our company, industry, and cities. That’s why we hire and cultivate diverse teams of the best and brightest from all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We believe that true innovation happens when everyone has room at the table and the tools, resources, and opportunity to excel.