Senior Robotics Engineer

Company Details

Spatial intelligence for robots & machines

Machines with spatial intelligence are becoming more commonplace. High performance robotic solutions are no longer limited to factories and warehouses, but are becoming more and more common in environments such as hospitals, hotels and homes.

Autonomous cars are starting to emerge out of the lab and AR/VR headsets are allowing us to overlay the digital world on the real world. As these machines operate in less constrained, more dynamic environments, spatial understanding is essential for reliable operation and intelligent behaviour. There are three levels of spatial understanding required: localisation (position), mapping (map) and semantics (perceive). Using vision as the core sensing modality, all three levels of spatial understanding can be combined to offer full stack spatial Intelligence, providing richer maps, robustness to change and greater adaptability to challenging, dynamic environments.

Who we are:

SLAMcore is a London-based, globally focused startup founded by visual SLAM algorithm pioneers and specialists. Having raised over $30M of VC funding from top investors around the world, we are developing breakthrough spatial intelligence solutions for next generation robots and autonomous machines by harnessing computer vision, sensor fusion and machine learning. Our aim is to greatly reduce the time and cost for companies to deploy advanced robotic solutions whilst delivering performance they could never achieve on their own. Our customers include some of the biggest tech companies on the planet building solutions from vacuum cleaning to warehouse and logistics.

Our vision for this role:

We are looking for an exceptional individual to join our team as a Senior Robotics Engineer. SLAM is emerging from the research laboratory into real products, but we are only at the beginning of the journey. This technology is evolving into a general Spatial AI capability for intelligent devices, to help them understand and interact with their surroundings. SLAMcore intends to be at the centre of this exciting movement, but to do this well it is essential that our solutions work across a large variety of different robot platforms and sensor configurations. A robot that gets easily lost or a drone that crashes 1 in 100 flights are just toys. We strive to deliver consistent, reliable performance that our customers can truly rely on.

You will be working with our team of world experts in SLAM, computer vision and software engineering to make our flexible and efficient SLAM solutions work across a large variety of robotics platforms. We are looking for a Robotics Software Engineer with strong robotics fundamentals (e.g. transformations, SLAM, sensors, navigation stack..), excellent software engineering skills and significant experience working with ROS/ROS2. You will need to be flexible and comfortable working with code and robots, as well as confident investigating and resolving issues that may occur during field testing. This position will expose you to a vast amount of high performance software and sophisticated algorithms in the world of Spatial AI, which brings a broad range of exciting and challenging tasks to work on.

How you will help:

Integrate the SLAMcore SDK into various robotics platforms to support our customers and/or showcase future capabilities of our software
Contribute to our SLAMcore SDK to be a key component in robotics applications using ROS and ROS2
Design robot navigation strategies across a different number of robotics solutions
Design test cases for different robotics solutions and identify/resolve potential issues

The capabilities we are looking for:

  • Strong robotics fundamentals (e.g. sensors, SLAM, navigation, path planning…)
  • ROS and ROS2 experience
  • Proficiency using Linux
  • Experience with git, CMake
  • Commercial experience in C++
  • Demonstrable experience in Python programming or other scripting languages
  • A keen ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
  • First hand experience working on commercial robot applications
  • Excellent communication skills

Bonus points if you have:

  • Working knowledge of visual inertial SLAM
  • Designed sensor calibration processes for robotics applications
  • Strong publications in any of the top robotics conferences: RSS, ICRA, IROS

Benefits and perks:

  • 25 days holiday per year (plus 8 UK public holidays or local equivalent)
  • Meaningful equity in a fast growing business
  • Remote first company with flexible working hours
  • £1000 annual allowance towards professional and personal development
  • Monthly team social events as well as a fully stocked drinks fridge at our HQ in Borough
  • £20 allowance per fortnight on your company card for extra lunches/snacks/coffee/socialising
  • Your choice of a PC or MacBook for completion of your day to day tasks (technical hires will need hardware that will run Linux)
  • £500 to spend on your work from home setup (we’ll cover your peripherals such as screen, keyboard/mouse etc)
  • Paid sick leave for physical and mental health
  • Unlimited private coaching sessions with More Happi to help in your professional or personal life
  • Maternal and parental leave policies
  • Salary exchange programme to contribute to your pension plan with added tax benefits

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