Motion Planning Engineer

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries

Other Engineering
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Anduril Industries is a defense technology company with a mission to transform U.S. and allied military capabilities with advanced technology. By bringing the expertise, technology, and business model of the 21st century’s most innovative companies to the defense industry, Anduril is changing how military systems are designed, built and sold. Anduril’s family of systems is powered by Lattice OS, an AI-powered operating system that turns thousands of data streams into a realtime, 3D command and control center. As the world enters an era of strategic competition, Anduril is committed to bringing cutting-edge autonomy, AI, computer vision, sensor fusion, and networking technology to the military in months, not years.

About This Role
The Mission Autonomy product team builds a platform that enables users to rapidly build, test, & iterate on multi-robot autonomy behaviors. Our customers use teams of heterogeneous robotic agents that can sense the world, move around, and coordinate to achieve their objectives given high-level plans from an operator. We are building a mission autonomy platform that is deployed on a variety of robotics platforms from high-end autonomous jets and large underwater autonomous vehicles through to smaller rotary wing aircraft, and everything in between. Every mission demands a different set of payloads, and our mission autonomy software must be flexible enough to allow users to build behaviors that make the best use of the specific sensors & payloads available.
The three core components that compose our mission autonomy platform are a behavior tree execution framework, a motion planning library, and a tracking & fusion platform. Our users depend on our platform to achieve mission critical objectives in active conflict zones, and therefore every component is built from the ground up to be explainable, reliable, and resilient. As a senior software engineer, you will be responsible for interfacing with users (often Mission Software Engineers, but sometimes also Anduril’s end users) to understand problems, identifying & designing solutions to these problems, and implementing & delivering these solutions. The majority of our software is C++, and so solid experience in this language a must.
What You’ll Do
  • Be responsible for the full lifecycle development of software products from problem discovery to solution delivery
  • Maintain contextual awareness of technical architecture within your engineering group in order to advise and guide design decisions across the group
  • Maintain relationships with delivery teams or other engineering teams (software and hardware) who use your software products in order to respond and adapt quickly to new missions and use cases
  • Mentor and coach other engineers to be well equipped to step into owning parts of the full software engineering lifecycle
  • Define what great looks like with regards to software engineering practices
  • Balance short term tensions from the business against long term product vision and roadmap
Required Qualifications
  • To us, a senior software engineer is someone who has had the opportunity to interface with users, understand the problem, independently design and implement software to solve the problem, deliver that software to the user, realize the limitations of their solution and subsequently was excited started that cycle over again armed with lessons learned from feedback.
  • Minimum 5 years of software engineering experience using C++ in a Linux development environment
  • Experience developing new motion planning solutions for autonomous vehicles or other mobile robots
  • U.S. Person status (permanent resident or citizen) is required as this position needs to access export controlled data
Preferred Qualifications
  • Be able to obtain and hold a U.S. Top Secret security clearance


  • Platinum Benefits: We offer top tier platinum coverage (medical, dental, vision, life) and cover 100 percent of the premiums for you.
  • 16 Weeks paid parental leave for all caregivers
  • Family planning: We’re proud to offer comprehensive family planning support. Fertility planning and treatment, adoption support, gestational carrier support and fertility preservation are all included.
  • Unlimited Provisions: From breakfast to dinner, our kitchen team has you covered with healthy meals and snacks at every office.
  • Commuter benefits depending on region
  • Relocation assistance
  • Unlimited and Incentivized Time Off
US Salary Range
$138,000$252,000 USD

The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a wide range of compensation factors, inclusive of base salary only. Actual salary offer may vary based on (but not limited to) work experience, education and/or training, critical skills, and/or business considerations. Highly competitive equity grants are included in the majority of full time offers; and are considered part of Anduril's total compensation package. Additionally, Anduril offers top-tier benefits for full-time employees, including:

  • Platinum Healthcare Benefits: For U.S. roles, we offer top tier platinum coverage (medical, dental, vision) that are 100% covered by Anduril for you and 90% covered for your dependents.
    • For UK roles, Private Medical Insurance (PMI): Anduril will cover the full cost of the insurance premium for an employee and dependents.
    • For AUS roles, Private health plan through Bupa: Coverage is fully subsidized by Anduril.
  • Basic Life/AD&D and long-term disability insurance 100% covered by Anduril, plus the option to purchase additional life insurance for you and your dependents.
  • Extremely generous company holiday calendar including a holiday hiatus in December, and highly competitive PTO plans.
  • 16 weeks of paid Caregiver & Wellness Leave to care for a family member, bond with your baby, or tend to your own medical condition.
  • Family Planning & Parenting Support: Fertility (eg, IVF, preservation), adoption, and gestational carrier coverage with additional benefits and resources to provide support from planning to parenting.
  • Mental Health Resources: We provide free mental health resources 24/7 including therapy, life coaching, and more. Additional work-life services, such as free legal and financial support, available to you as well.
  • A professional development stipend is available to all Andurilians.
  • Daily Meals and Provisions: For many of our offices this means breakfast, lunch and fully stocked micro-kitchens.
  • Company-funded commuter benefits available based on your region.
  • Relocation assistance (depending on role eligibility).
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan - both a traditional and Roth 401(k). (US roles only)

The recruiter assigned to this role can share more information about the specific compensation and benefit details associated with this role during the hiring process.

Anduril is an equal-opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. The Anduril team is made up of incredibly talented and unique individuals, who together are disrupting industry norms by creating new paths towards the future of defense technology. All qualified applicants will be treated with respect and receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, uniform service, Veteran status, age, or any other protected characteristic per federal, state, or local law, including those with a criminal history, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the CA Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. We actively encourage members of recognized minorities, women, Veterans, and those with disabilities to apply, and we work to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all applicants throughout the interview process. If you are someone passionate about working on problems that have a real-world impact, we'd love to hear from you!

To view Anduril's candidate data privacy policy, please visit https://anduril.com/applicant-privacy-notice/.