Build and Release Engineer

Optimus Ride, Boston, MA


About Optimus Ride
Optimus Ride is a self-driving vehicle startup working to enable safe, sustainable, and equitable mobility solutions. Our mission is to transform cities and pave the way for a more sustainable future through the introduction of self-driving technologies.

Optimus Ride headquarters are located in the Boston Seaport District. Our team hails from a diverse set of backgrounds, and cumulatively has decades of experience building self-driving vehicles, electric vehicles, manufacturing robots, surgical robots, autonomous drones, underwater robots, and more. We aim for a highly collaborative, hands-on, and open environment where peers learn from each other while building technologies for real-world environments.

Transportation is for everyone, and we create a better product when our team reflects our users. We constantly strive for a culture where under-indexed groups are welcome and can flourish.

The Role
We are looking for a build and release software engineer with extensive experience in Linux environment to help integrate new compute platforms for our vehicles. You will join a team of engineers working on hardware and platforms upon which all of our software operates, to create the foundation for the advancements we are making in self driving technologies. At Optimus Ride, we strive for an open and collaborative engineering culture where engineers share with, learn from, and support each other. You will exercise the skills that you have developed while acquiring and developing new ones relevant to an exciting new field. You will work with state of the art hardware and software, collaborate closely with all of the engineering teams, and build systems to make self driving cars a reality.


  • Evaluate and deploy hardware compute platforms and software on vehicles
  • Build custom operating system distributions (Linux)
  • Develop and maintain vehicle software operations tools
  • Develop and maintain tools for installing, configuring, upgrading and monitoring vehicles and fleets
  • Deploy and maintain backend systems and infrastructure
  • Design and implement security best-practices
  • 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 distributions and Linux system internals such as kernel, network stack, device drivers, boot process etc.
  • Experience building custom Linux kernels, kernel modules, and system images
  • Proficient in shell scripting, Python, and C++
  • Experience with CMake
  • Experience with C++ software build and release on Linux
  • Experience building custom Linux software packages (deb, rpm, etc.)
  • Experience with virtualization and containerization
  • Experience with infrastructure and software development tools like Git, Ansible, Jenkins
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Interest and ability to learn additional skills and technologies as required


  • Experience with Nvidia Tegra systems (TX1, TX2, Drive PX2, etc.)
  • 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 infrastructures (AWS, GCP, etc)
  • Performance analysis and optimization
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.

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.

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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