Staff Autonomous Vehicle Security Engineer

San Francisco, CA

Full Time Senior-level / Expert
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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.

About the Role:

The Autonomous Vehicle Security (AVsec) team at Cruise focuses on securing the autonomous vehicle itself.  This includes all the AV components in the vehicle, how they communicate with each other, and the vehicle’s communication to our back office systems.  This requires partnering with groups throughout the company to create and deliver components and systems that are secure. Our work includes building and deploying security mechanisms such as secure boot, key management systems, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and authenticated and encrypted communication streams.  We perform threat models and work on secure design for current and future vehicles.  The team audits and assesses code and systems for security threats and remediates problems when identified.

We are especially interested in speaking with candidates that have diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We’re solving novel security problems at Cruise; novel perspectives make this easier! 

We are ok with remote work!

What you’ll be doing
  • Design, implement, and validate security mechanisms such as secure boot, secure key storage, and firmware signing.
  • Perform security reviews ranging from architectural design to threat modeling and source code level assessments, providing actionable recommendations to make our devices and applications more secur
  • Collaborate closely with engineering and security teams on security focused design reviews and implementation of security best practices in essential systems
  • Developing bespoke software on and off the vehicle 
  • Be capable or prioritizing security efforts as well as help teams understand prioritization of performing security mitigation work


What you must have
  • Extensive experience (10+ years) in the embedded security space
  • Software development experience with Python, C/C++, and Go
  • A documented history of finding high impact vulnerabilities or participating in the creation of tools to do the same 
  • A track record of developing projects from design to implementation and maintenance
  • A broad and practical understanding of security fundamentals and their application
  • Experience with a number of embedded security features such as secure boot, secure key storage, secure communications
  • Practical knowledge and experience working in environments securing production level devices as well as devices under active development

An interest in building creative solutions to challenging security problems with a focus on mentorship and scaling the team’s impact

Bonus Points:
  • Contributions to the security community (open source, white papers, talks, etc)
  • Doing well at large CTF events
  • Knowledge of automotive architecture, vehicle sensors, and communication protocols
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
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental 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
  • 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, SoftBank, & T. Rowe Price, 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.

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.

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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