Rivian Automotive is hiring a

Senior Machine Learning Engineer - Offboard Planning, Self-Driving

Palo Alto, United States

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. 


You will be part of a team of developers, data scientists, and deep learning experts using data from the Rivian fleet to build predictive systems that understand and measure the performance of our autonomy system.  Operating autonomy at scale has unique challenges, requiring data-driven decision making and large-scale realistic simulation to accelerate the pace at which our Autonomy system improves over time. We use Machine Learning with millions of miles of driving data to power these workflows and are looking for an ML engineer who will develop the AI strategy across a variety of projects. Most importantly, your work will have a critical impact on the daily experience and safety of our customers which is critical to the mission at Rivian.

If you enjoy Machine Learning, Data Mining, experimentation and metrics design then come join us!


  • Develop ML models for experimentation workflows that enables accelerating development of planning and prediction algorithms for autonomous driving.
  • Define and implement smart and human relative metrics which measure the performance and safety of the autonomy system.
  • Work with millions of miles of driving data stored in the cloud to help drive data-driven decision-making processes
  • Develop ML models for realistic simulation including smart actors for interactive simulation and scenario generation.


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Machine Learning or a related field
  • 3+ years of experience working on production ML systems.
  • Expert level knowledge and experience Pythonand PyTorch or TensorFlow
  • Solid understanding of state-of-the-art models and approaches or perception, prediction, or planning in the self-driving space.
  • Capable of working in a fast-paced development environment
  • Good team player with great communication skills that can build team consensus.
  • Passionately motivated to take ideas from development validation to a verified product
  • Self-motivated: Demonstrated ability to set direction and guide the team towards it
  • Hands-on approach: Proactively identifies and fills in gaps where needed.


  • Good understanding of linear algebra, geometry, algorithms, and data structures
  • Experience with Automotive Self-Driving or similarly complex Robotics Systems.
  • Experience with appropriate verification and validation efforts at different test levels (unit testing/SIL/HIL/Vehicle)

Salary Range for California Based Applicants: [$184,000.00 - $211,000.00] (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.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at candidateaccommodations@rivian.com.

Candidate Data Privacy

Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law. 

Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services. 

Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.  


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