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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Research Engineer position

Add on 27 August, 2018

 Dear Robotics World Wide Community,

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is looking for several new software engineers to work on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.
Tired of sitting at your desk and testing your code in simulation? Looking for a job where the “field” in field robotics truly deserves to be the first word in the phrase? Looking for a place where research and technology directly intersect operations and where you can make a difference in the way we understand the planet we live on while pursing your passion for robotics?

Join the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Sentry team. Sentry is an operationally deployed AUV that spends 100 - 200 days per year at sea gathering data for ocean scientists and testing new technology. Sentry is under continuous upgrade including pushing the boundaries of AUV sampling, new command
and control systems, and new sensing systems. Members of the Sentry team all serve a dual role both as technology developers/engineers, but also as vehicle operators engaged in missions of scientific and societal importance. Recent missions have included oil spill response, locating black boxes, studying sub-sea volcanoes, and looking for mantle rocks to name just a few. In between deployments, you will be working in the Deep Submergence Lab at Woods Hole developing new control code, communications code, GUIS, data processing pipelines and other software for AUV operations. Past project sponsors include NSF, NOAA, Office of Naval Research, DARPA, NASA, foreign governments, philanthropic organizations, and corporations.

Software engineers within the group are expected to routinely deploy with the systems that they work on. This entails both testing deployments where new technology is refined and validated, but also operational deployments where the systems developed are utilized in direct support of a science mission. These deployments are worldwide, typically offshore and typically range between 7 and 60 days. Candidates are expected to be willing to deploy for up to 120 days per year especially early in their tenure at WHOI. Candidates must be comfortable balancing multiple projects and priorities with limited supervision.


Specific tasks include but are certainly not limited to:

Join the AUV Sentry team to develop software related to vehicle control, operations and data processing. This may include participation in at sea activities up to 120 day per year.

Develop soft real time control code, communications code, GUIs and other code for AUV operations.
Develop data post processing tools.
Develop software relevant to a variety of other funded research projects.
Support field operations and testing.

Apply at here


Minimum of a BS in an engineering discipline or computer science plus substantial coding experience in C++ beyond experience gained as an undergraduate.

Engineer II level*

Require either a MS in an engineering discipline or computer science or a BS degree and several years of relevant work experience.

Research Engineer level*

Must have either a PhD or a lesser degree and substantial relevant work experience.

*Position level will be determined by the selected candidate’s level of education & experience.

Prior experience:

Prior experience with C++ is highly desired. Baring experience with C++, candidates will need to demonstrate extensive experience with another object oriented language including inheritance.
Prior experience with ROS is highly desired.
Prior experience in medium to large scale projects consisting of tens to hundreds of thousands of lines of code and 5-10+ developers is highly desired.
Electrical/Electronic debug skills are highly desired.
Prior experience with integration of COTS peripherals into code is highly desired.
Prior experience with Linux in desktop, embedded and/or server applications is highly desired.
Prior experience with revision control systems is highly desired.
Prior experience with data processing in python or matlab is desired.
Prior experience with acoustic or other oceanographic data is desired.
Prior experience with GUI programming (ideally QT) is desired.


Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a TWIC card
While not initially required, individuals able to obtain SECRET clearance are desired.


Carl L. Kaiser, PhD.
Program Manager
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
m. +1.970.217.1328
p. +1.508.289.3269

(Source: robotics-worldwide)


University of Auckland | Research engineer: Robotics systems
New Zealand

Add on 21 August, 2018

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university, with a turnover of $1.1bn, including research revenue of over $200m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. The Faculty of Engineering offers a diverse and active community for research at postgraduate level and above, ranked 38th in the world in the QS World Ranking 2017.Our robotics laboratory is well known for robotics software development, including tools and systems. We now require a talented individual to work as an experienced research engineer focusing on software in the Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Science (CARES). CARES is undertaking a number of large funded projects including in healthcare robotics, social robotics, and automation technology in orchards.

As an experienced research engineer, you will work in a team in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Your role will be varied as you will be working with a multidisciplinary team and ensuring productivity and quality in software development, design, construction and maintenance of robotics hardware systems, along with and supporting the practical trials of robots in the field and with New Zealand and international research partners. A knowledge of ROS, concurrent programming, Python and C/C++ is highly desirable for this role.

You will bring to the role a passion for software in research and engineering, interpersonal skills that enable you to interact comfortably with a range of people, excellent programming skills, strong practical and problem solving ability, and an ability to contribute our software development life cycle.

Please see Job ID 20013 at here, entitled "Research engineer: Robotics systems, Faculty of Engineering"

Applications close on 16 September 2018.

This position is fixed term for one year.

Please follow the steps to upload your CV and a covering letter.

For further information please contact:
Bruce MacDonald (email

Best Regards,
(Source: robotics-worldwide)


Research Scientist
Pittsburgh, PA

Add on 13 August, 2018

A great opportunity for a Research Scientist in Pittsburgh, PA. Ideal candidate must have experience in at least one of these 3 areas in Robotics:

  1. Autonomy (Automation)
  2. Artificial Intelligence
  3. Vision Planning

Job Responsibilities
• Research complex perception, decision making, and control problems and develop solutions for customers across defense, medical, and commercial markets
• Lead the research and development of solutions in the areas of autonomous and vision-aided robotic systems
• Lead teams developing proposals for government and private customers
• Work closely with mechanical, electrical, and software engineering teams to develop systems from concept to production level
• Collaborate with industry partners and top tier academia research institutes
• Initiate and participate in technology conversations with distinguished scholars and industry leaders
• Develop and execute autonomous and vision-aided robotic systems project plans including technical approach and project management to achieve high customer satisfaction

Other Desired Skills and Experience
• Demonstrated ability to lead and manage research projects, conduct real-world experiments and demonstrations, and identify fruitful research directions, and lead proposal development efforts
• Experience in dealing with customers and conveying difficult concepts in an effective way to customers, colleagues, and collaborators.
• Excellent communication and teamwork skills
• Knowledge of fundamentals and state of the art in robotics
• Experience in applying machine learning to real-world robotic problems
• Knowledge of fundamentals in optimization, supervised and reinforcement learning
• Strong research and innovation skills and ability to solve difficult vision and learning problems
• Strong publication records in relevant fields (patents, top conferences and journals)
• Experience with ROS or other robotics platforms
• Excellent prototyping skill and expert programming skills in multiple programming languages
• Hands-on experience with multiple operating systems
• Demonstrated ability to work on cross-functional teams
• Flexibility and adaptability to work in a growing, dynamic team
• Technical knowledge is a definite plus; along with project management experience.


Strong Preference for PhD (or Master’s) in technical field
○ If no advanced degree, would need to be an extraordinary candidate 10+ years in Robotics.

Sponsorship not available

Great benefits package.




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