Software Systems Engineer - Robotics Systems

Optimus Ride, Boston, MA


Duration: Full-Time

About Optimus Ride
Optimus Ride is an autonomous mobility service provider on a mission to drive the future of transportation. We develop and own the full AV tech stack and user experience–algorithms, software, hardware, and system integration–for autonomous, electric rides for communities near and far. We’re focused on driving innovation and delivering convenient, turnkey transportation services for master planned communities, corporate and academic campuses, and mixed use developments. We’re driven to create safe, sustainable, and equitable transportation solutions for all.

Optimus Ride is headquartered in the Boston Seaport District, not far from our old stomping ground at MIT. From the boardroom to the test track, our teammates (affectionately referred to as Optimists) bring deep industry and subject matter expertise, a collaborative and focused work ethic, and an optimistic outlook on the future of autonomous, sustainable, community-serving transportation.

The Role 

Optimus Ride software engineers create the software at the heart of our vehicles and systems. Our software needs to process complex data flows and make decisions with real-world consequences. The Robotics Systems team is where all of our vehicle software comes together and unifies into a single, coordinated autonomous vehicle software system. 

Our team is focused on a rapid path to market, in order to maximize the benefits of self-driving technologies for all. To do this, we need our engineers to be versatile, have leadership qualities, and be enthusiastic about tackling problems across the full range of our systems. Working at Optimus Ride you will innovate with engineers and designers who cumulatively have decades of experience in computer vision, machine learning, sensing and actuation, human-machine interface, and design. You will be creating new technologies through software development that integrates your areas of expertise to enable self-driving systems to be possible today.


  • Build systems software running on self driving car compute systems 
  • Bring up OS on complex SoC boards and debug hardware-software interface issues
  • Develop frameworks, tools and build systems for vehicle software upgrades and fleet monitoring 
  • Support CI/CD software delivery pipelines and software deployments via containers and virtual machines 
  • Collaborate closely with other engineers to find elegant solutions to difficult problems 


  •  BS in computer science or a related field, or equivalent work experience
  • Deep knowledge of Linux system internals such as kernel, network stack, device drivers, boot process etc.
  • Proficient in C/C++ 
  • Experience in Makefiles, CMake and scripting 
  • Experience with containerization and virtualization 
  • Experience with CI/CD systems (Jenkins) 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Interest and ability to learn additional skills and technologies as required 


  • Experience with cross compiler toolchains, and ARM architectures 
  • Experience with securing and hardening systems, and public key infrastructure
  • Experience with system-level performance profiling and tuning 
  • Experience with cloud infrastructure (AWS, GCP, Azure, etc) 
  • (We are open to reviewing resumes of candidates who may not have these qualities yet, butdemonstrate the potential to learn them on the job.)
Benefits and Working Environment
At Optimus Ride, we strive to support our employees by offering competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and a world class working environment that is centered around the team. We nurture creativity and provide expansive opportunities for growth and development.

Optimus Ride provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

About Optimus Ride

Optimus Ride Inc. is an MIT spinoff company based in Boston, MA that develops technologies to enable efficient, sustainable, and equitable mobility solutions. We are designing a fully autonomous (level 4) system for electric vehicle fleets. We combine over 30 years of interdisciplinary university research in self‑driving technologies (DARPA Urban Challenge), electric vehicles (CityCar), and Mobility-on-Demand Systems. The team includes a decade of industrial and entrepreneurial experience that combines manufacturing robots, urban design, and shared vehicle fleet management.

Optimus Ride

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