Updated Nov 2019

Autonomy/Perception Engineer

Boston, USA, or Remote
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Freedom to build a fully autonomous aerial vehicle, with great engineers from MIT & PX4, from the ground up.

We are moving with urgency to ship the world's first fully autonomous, warehouse aerial vehicle. If you are looking "for a good job," it would be better to apply to Google Waymo or Facebook -- they offer a better salary, work-life balance, and clearer career ladder than us. ;) Please read no further.

For our challenging undertaking, we are a small team of robotics engineers building an autonomous aerial vehicle from scratch, where compute for navigation, trajectory generation, and perception are performed onboard. We'll deploy them in live warehouses & manufacturing facilities, where people and forklifts might roam. The core aerial platform works surprisingly well; we're looking for help to solve that "last several percent" of autonomy edge-cases (which we realize does probably still comprise a large chunk of work).

Our aerial vehicle in action!

Despite being young, we've worked together to ship many autonomous drones before, and come from MIT, Department of Defense, PX4, etc. We are backed by top investors, like Y Combinator or autonomous vehicle / Amazon Robotics execs. We have regular code reviews, SITL/HITL/CI setups, and code pushes culminating in field tests roughly twice a week. (That means if your code passes review, it will be pushed onto a live vehicle to fly in an actual warehouse every week.)

We're looking to work with people described below. (Meaning, if you haven't met the below points, we unfortunately won't be a fit):

  • Have shipped code on live autonomy / CV products before. If your engineering experience thus far has been limited to school or research, we're unfortunately not a fit.
  • Made core technical contributions in any of the below areas: computationally-constrained DNNs for computer vision, trajectory generation / path planning, PX4, or robust visual-inertial odometry. In other words, if I were to contact your previous project supervisor, they would agree that you did most of the valuable technical work in one of the above areas.
  • Very comfortable with ros, Ubuntu, Git, and ideally have used CI
  • Familiarity with camera sensor calibration would be nice (but not necessary)
  • Familiarity with PX4 would be nice (but not necessary)
  • Familiarity with simulation environments, such as at least rviz, would be nice (but not necessary)

What do we not care about?

  • Your academic degrees or academic performance. We likely won't ask.
  • School projects or academic research, unless they won Top Paper at ICRA or something. We know how misleading academic results can be :)
  • This may surprise you: UAV experience. If you're a perception/navigation superstar who's worked on self-driving cars or AGVs, we want to talk to you, since the work transfers well to our domain!
  • Not relevant robotics experience. Robotic arms, bipedal dynamics, 3D printers??? We find they don't transfer well to our domains.

Focus on the Work

We should say that despite having exacting engineering standards, we are (and expect you to be) low ego. We are friendly and easy to work with, and expect you to be too. Someone who would get along here would focus on their intrinsic love for the work, because it's fascinating and challenging (autonomous freaking robots!)

Obviously, bullying and harassment of any sort (gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religious beliefs, background, age, personal life etc.) will not be tolerated here.

“Nothing under heaven is difficult, if there are those with heart.”
– Something my mom said :)
If you're interested, we'd love you to reach out!

Send an email to hiring at corvus-robotics dot com. It won't go "into the ether" — if you've read our checklist above, we'll try to give you a response within one business day, regardless if we move forward.

Recruiters, dev shops, and other solicitors, please don't reach out.

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