Staff Perception Engineer (Tracking & Track Classification), Autonomy



Job Description

About Rivian

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract. 


As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. 

Role Summary

In this position, you will be responsible for the development, testing, deployment and continuous improvement of our machine-learned model for Tracking and Track Classification.  As early member of our in-house ML tracking effort, you will be responsible for helping to set the technical direction including how we formulate the problem, the architectures used, and how we integrate it in the broader autonomy stack. You’ll interface closely with the Detection, Prediction and Planning teams as you do so. The ideal candidate will have strong experience in machine learning for tracking and track classification for autonomous vehicles or related technology and will have a proven track record of being able to deliver to production.


  • Build the tracking and track classification system that supports Rivian’s autonomy features now and in the future. 
  • Design models from the ground up with an eye on run-time performance and prediction quality.  
  • Optimize tracking for accuracy and reliability in complex  scenarios.  
  • Work across teams to define and lead ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) feature sets.  
  • Collaborate with Validation and Systems to define and monitor key metrics leading prediction design.  


  • 5+ years of robotics, AV (Autonomous Vehicle), or other real-time, safety-critical experience  
  • BS, MS or PhD in Computer Science, Robotics, or other relevant Engineering disciplines.  
  • Recent, hands-on experience with state-of-the-art modeling for tracking and track classification including Transformers 
  • Ability to build solutions from first principles  
  • Strong software engineering experience in Python and/or C++ 
  • Experience building ML pipelines and managing data quality  
  • Effective communication and collaborative 

Pay Disclosure

Salary Range for California Based Applicants: [$205,000.00 - $236,000.00] (actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location, and other factors permitted by law).

Benefits Summary: Rivian provides robust medical/Rx, dental and vision insurance packages for full-time employees, their spouse or domestic partner, and children up to age 26. Coverage is effective on the first day of employment, and Rivian covers most of the premiums. 

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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