System Safety Engineer

Edge Case Research

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

Mar 6

We deliver the promise of autonomy

At Edge Case Research, we enable our customers to assure the safety of complex and autonomous systems for real world deployment. We work directly with customers to manage and execute rigorous system safety engineering. We are developing products that define and measure the safety of autonomous systems. Our client base spans diverse markets such as automotive, mining, defense, insurance, and aerospace. Edge Case is founded by the recognized world leaders in autonomous system safety and autonomous vehicle safety. Our experts are writing the standards and developing the products that will bring innovation safely into society.

Company Values:

  • Smart
  • Helpful
  • Friendly

Edge Case Research is expanding our System Safety Engineering Team. ECR is a successful early-stage startup that is working to tackle the toughest problems facing safety in autonomy. We are currently looking for engineers with experience in the field of system safety as it relates to robotics and autonomy.

So, if you have a background in these areas, we are interested in hearing from you!


  • Support/lead large, complex safety engineering efforts which contribute to overarching customer systems engineering efforts
  • Support/lead customer discussions to identify, plan, and document appropriate safety engineering strategies
  • Support/lead refinement of Concept of Operations, identification of potential safety mishaps and hazards, and identification of safety concepts and goals
  • Perform detailed functional analysis to identify failure consequences and related design and procedural mitigations
  • Define system and subsystem safety requirements and procedures
  • Identify safety tasks needed during requirements, design, implementation, and verification phases of safety critical item development for both hardware and software
  • Track the status of mishaps, hazards, mitigations/controls, and verification
  • Participate in/lead working groups and design reviews to help ensure that safety goals and requirements are being effectively addressed
  • Document and summarize safety engineering status based on event scope, system configuration, and system safety task status
  • Support/manage tasking and review work produced by supporting team members


  • For US applications: Authorization to work in the United States is a precondition of employment. The company will not consider candidates who require sponsorship for a work-authorized visa.
  • Curious and motivated to learn new technologies
  • Ability to adapt to different, changing programming languages and technologies
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, or related field
  • Experience implementing MIL-STD 882E, IEC-61508, ISO-26262, ARP-4761/DO-178, EN 50128 and/or other system safety practices on complex, software-intensive systems
  • Experience/expertise executing safety analysis techniques such as Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA), Functional Hazard Analysis (FHA), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), and Systems Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA)
  • Experience/expertise with safety architecture at the system level, as well as safety design in hardware and software
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Some travel required
  • Fluent English skill level (German not required)

Additional Experience Requirements:

  • System Safety Engineer: Interest in the field of system safety as it relates to robotics and autonomy
  • Senior System Safety Engineer: 4+ years of experience as a safety engineer for relevant complex, software-intensive systems
  • Nice To Have:
  • Master’s degree or higher in Safety Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Robotics or a related field
  • Certified Safety Professional, Certified Functional Safety Expert or Certified Functional Safety Professional certificate
  • Experience in evaluating and ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Experience with Model-Based Systems Engineering methods
  • Familiarity with Agile planning methods
  • Experience programming in C, C++, Python
  • Experience developing software or control systems for embedded or robotic platforms


  • All levels: Headquarters - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Benefits & Perks:

US Location

  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance with majority of premiums covered
  • Employee Stock Option Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Retirement Plan with Company Match
  • Generous Paid Vacation and Sick Time
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Snacks and Coffee provided
  • Flexible Working Hours with Work from Home Options to support Work/Life balance

Edge Case Research is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. ECR values all employees’ talents and supports an environment that is inclusive and respectful.

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