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Senior Applied Scientist II, Tracking



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024

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.

In our cars, you’re free to be yourself. It’s the same here at Cruise. We’re creating a culture that values the experiences and contributions of all of the unique individuals who collectively make up Cruise, so that every employee can do their best work.

Cruise is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, both in our workplace and in our products. 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, come join us. Even if you might not meet every requirement, we strongly encourage you to apply. You might just be the right candidate for us.

The Tracking team is responsible for identifying and describing all the people, bikes, cars, and objects near the Cruise AV. Our aim is to build a complete, temporally-consistent symbolic representation of the world to enable a safe and comfortable driving experience through Deep Learning approaches. We work closely with detection teams to build object detection and tracking models that leverage multiple sensor modalities. The team works with a massive amount of data and proactively tackles long-tail scenarios to ensure a high safety bar.

We are looking for an Applied Scientist in Perception that will invent pragmatic, long-term and stable software solutions to sophisticated problems. The role is expected to leverage recent advances in vision foundational models to improve the system’s robustness to challenging long-tail scenarios.

Ideal candidates would possess a strong background in machine learning, particularly in developing algorithms for perception and overall machine learning workflow. Experience in foundational models, multi-task learning, and training large models on GPU clusters is highly valued. The team seeks individuals who are passionate about improving road safety for autonomous vehicles, and are eager to contribute to the development of innovative solutions that enhance Cruise's AV technology.


  • Explore, prototype, validate, and iterate new algorithms.

  • Contribute to data and ML infrastructure that allows for training large models on distributed GPU clusters.

  • Work closely with upstream detection and downstream planning teams to understand the end-to-end impact of the model.

  • Optimize, supervise and refine on-road performance for models on the path to production.


  • Solid understanding of computer vision fundamentals including the development and training of ML models

  • Be able to run and retrain Cruise perception machine learning models and evaluate model performance (PR, other metrics)

  • Experience with profiling and optimizing ML jobs in cloud environments.

  • Must be able to work independently and multi-functionally between perception and planning teams.

  • Growing expertise with ML frameworks such as Tensorflow, Caffe, and PyTorch

  • Strong programming skills in Python, C++, or other relevant languages

  • Passionate about self-driving car technology and its impact on the world!


  • PhD in machine learning or computer science

  • Experience with large language models or vision language models.

  • Basic knowledge of sensing physics and awareness of different sensing modalities (lidar, cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, etc.).

  • Experience with curating, monitoring, and visualizing massive amount of data.

  • Experience with training and deploying detection and tracking algorithms into real world environments

  • 4+ years of industry experience in Machine Learning

  • Experience and growing expertise with autonomous driving technologies

The salary range for this position is $161,200 - $237,000. Compensation will vary depending on location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. You may also be offered a bonus, long-term incentives, and benefits. These ranges are subject to change.

Why Cruise?

Our benefits are here to support the whole you:

  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Medical / dental / vision, Life and AD&D
  • Subsidized mental health benefits
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Paid parental, medical, family care, and military leave of absence
  • 401(k) Cruise matching program
  • Fertility benefits
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Flexible Spending Account & Health Saving Account
  • Perks Wallet program for benefits/perks
  • Pre-tax Commuter benefit plan for local employees
  • CruiseFlex, our location-flexible work policy. (Learn more about CruiseFlex).

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, T. Rowe Price, and Walmart 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.

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, caste, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, 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 HR@getcruise.com.

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.

Candidates applying for roles that operate and remotely operate the AV: Licensed to drive a motor vehicle in the U.S. for the three years immediately preceding your application, currently holding an active in-state regular driver’s license or equivalent, and no more than one point on driving record. A successful completion of a background check, drug screen and DMV Motor Vehicle Record check is also required.

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.