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Senior Perception Engineer

Company: OffWorld
Location: Pasadena
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

www.offworld.aiSenior Perception EngineerBased in Pasadena, CAOffWorld is a robotics startup working on developing amobilerobotic workforce for heavy industrial jobs on Earth, Moon, asteroids & Mars. OffWorld was founded by an experienced engineering team drawing on decades of tackling formidable engineering challenges at NASA, ESA,NOAA,MaxarTechnologies, CERN, Reaction Engines, SAFRAN, Surrey Satellites and Cisco.OffWorld'sfirst challenge is developing and maturing a modular robotic system forextremeenvironmentson Earth. Ourrobots willgo deeper underground and farthest on Earth than humans can,eliminate the need for humans to work in life-threatening environmentsin mining, construction, tunneling and other dangerousindustries,and dramatically reduce the environmental footprint and cost ofoperationsin key economies on Earth and beyond.We have designed a modular robotic architecture that focuses on maximizing the commonality and reusability across components for fast deployment and optimization. Our robotic systems combine sensor information, cutting edge classical/machine learning (ML) algorithms and a robotics real-time system platform for control, decision making and execution.At OffWorld, we're embarking on a transformative journey, pushing the boundaries of robotic systems, and you can be part of it. We're seeking a seasoned Perception Engineer to join our Perception and SLAM group, a dynamic team driven by innovation, collaboration, and the pursuit of excellence. The ideal candidate would have a track record of developing, testing, and deploying a comprehensive perception stack that reliably supports the operational requirements of robotic systems. You'll be instrumental in developing state-of-the-art sensing capabilities for our autonomous swarm robotic system. You'll shape the perception system, ensuring the seamless interaction of sensor inputs, data fusion, and SLAM algorithms. Your contributions will directly impact the robustness and effectiveness of our robotic operations, from the depths of terrestrial mines to the surface of the Moon and beyond. This is a unique opportunity to combine your technical skills with creativity, taking on challenges few have faced, and helping make the impossible, possible.In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop and refine state-of-the-art perception algorithms that accurately interpret multi-modal sensor data, compute odometry estimations, and synchronize sensor inputs. This includes ensuring the algorithms' robust performance across diverse and challenging operational environments.
  • Develop and refine sensor calibration routines for various sensing systems including cameras, LIDARs, IMUs.
  • Collaborate with the broader team to integrate perception algorithms into the robotic system, ensuring seamless interaction with other subsystems such as control, navigation and planning.
  • Participate in field testing, analyze system performance data, and iterate on perception system designs based on test results and system requirements.To hit the ground running, you need:
    • MSc or PhD in Robotics, Computer Science or equivalent with at least 3 years of industry experience in perception system development for robotics.
    • Proven expertise in perception algorithm development, including but not limited to sensor fusion, calibration, and SLAM.
    • A deep understanding of state estimation techniques, such as Kalman filters, particle filters is essential.
    • Strong experience with various robotics sensor systems, including cameras, LIDARs, IMUs, GPS and their limitations in challenging environments.
    • Mastery of computer vision libraries such as OpenCV and PCL. Familiarity with image processing, feature extraction, and 3D point cloud manipulation.
    • Proficiency in Python and C++, and experience with robotics software frameworks such as ROS/ROS2.
    • Experience with machine learning, particularly in relation to perception systems, is a plus.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of software project management practices, including version control with git, agile development methodologies, and unit testing.
    • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to provide reasoned and detail-oriented technical recommendations.
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting, communicate effectively, and contribute to a positive, inclusive work environment.In a nutshell, we offer the:
      • Opportunity to sink your teeth into cutting edge industrial robotics problems
      • Opportunity to contribute to the mission of transforming how we mine on Earth today and how we will one day mine on the Moon, asteroids & Mars
      • Opportunity to work with a kind, brilliant and supportive team
      • Opportunityto join theOffWorldteam if
        • You are as crazy-excited about the mission as we are
        • You've demonstrated you are The Right StuffExpected Compensation:
          • $160,000 - $220,000/annual salary + stock awards + benefitsOur benefits package includes the following:
            • Robust medical plan offerings with 0 to limited paycheck deductions
            • Dental and vision insurance
            • Unlimited Paid Time Off
            • 401K Match
            • Stock optionsPay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.OffWorld is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.OffWorld is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Please let your recruiter know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process.

Keywords: OffWorld, Pasadena , Senior Perception Engineer, Engineering , Pasadena, California

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