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Autonomy Robotics Engineer, Sr.

Company: AeroVironment
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Job Description:

ITAR Requirement:

Summary. The Sr. Autonomy Robotics Engineer has the opportunity to work with a highly collaborative team of engineers as they add robust autonomous execution to AeroVironment’s diverse portfolio of unmanned aerial vehicles. Robust autonomous execution is crucial to AV’s continued success in the UAS marketplace. As a Senior Autonomy & Robotics engineer, one builds the algorithms and tools necessary to achieve this.. Position Responsibilities. Focuses on delivering well architected, functionally complete, and rigorously tested research products.. Contributes in core technology including:. Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) including characterization of plant dynamics. Target detection, classification, localization, and tracking (DCLT). Embedded systems architecture, with emphasis on video processing chains. Sensor characterization and integration – EO, Camera, Radar, Acoustic, and/or Lidar. UI/UX design for mobile operator platforms. Modeling and simulation. Software development and testing. Mentors junior employees, as this provides personal fulfillment and growth for the involved parties, as well as providing cultural benefit for the company as a whole. Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of variable factors.. Determines methods and procedures on new assignments and may coordinate activities of other personnel (Team Lead). Other duties as assigned. Special Requirements. U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or asylee/refugee status as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) required.. Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience). Bachelor’s degree in Degree in Mathematics, Computer Science/Engineering or related field is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Minimum of 8 - 12 years’ relevant engineering experience. Experienced implementing state-of-the-art (SOTA) algorithms on real hardware. Bonus: implementation on low size, weight, and power (SWAP) devices. Demonstrated ability to get all of the pieces of a complex system functioning together towards a common purpose; e.g. strong system design and test background. Solid software engineering skills with foci on modularity, portability, and testability. Experienced with C/C++ required. Modern standards (11, 14, 17+) preferred. Deep familiarity with one or more of the following technology areas (bonus points for UAS applications):. Path planning and trajectory generation. Multi-vehicle coordination. Uncertainty quantification/estimation. Advanced control methodologies: robust adaptive control, optimal control with dynamic programming, model predictive control (MPC). Experimental design and interpretation of results. Some intrastate travel and other travel within the Continental U.S. may be required (up to 30%). Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies. MS or PhD in related field is highly preferred. Experienced with Matlab and/or Python preferred. Proficiency with office software and computer-based productivity tools. Demonstrates strong verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrates effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and leadership skills. Is a team player and collaborates effectively. Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties. Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives. Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products. Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company. Physical Demands. Ability to work in an office and R&D environment (constant). Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent). This position requires the use of information which is subject to compliance with International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR). To conform to U.S. Government export regulations/ITAR, applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (or, green card holder), protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access. Some positions due to U.S. Government contract requirements will require current U.S. Citizenship.. Benefits: AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: http://www.avinc.com/myavbenefits.. Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.. Who We Are. Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.. Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.. What We Do. Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.. AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may appy.

Computer vision: scene segmentation, feature extraction, template matching, image descriptors, object detection and localization

State estimation

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