Autonomy & Robotics Engineer I

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The Autonomy Robotics Engineer I works with a highly collaborative team of engineers to develop machine perception and autonomy capabilities and integrate these with AeroVironment's unmanned vehicles and/or other systems. As an Autonomy & Robotics engineer, one designs, implements, and tests the algorithms and tools necessary to achieve complex platform behaviors.

Position Responsibilities

  • Focuses on delivering well architected, functionally complete, and rigorously tested research products.

  • Contributes to development of core technology including:

  • Target detection, classification, localization, and tracking (DCLT)

  • Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC), especially as integrated with computer vision

  • State estimation, especially using combined visual / inertial inputs

  • Embedded systems architecture, with emphasis on video processing chains

  • Autonomous agent behavior modeling and design

  • 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

  • Is mentored by more senior Autonomy Engineers and collaborates with other team members to exchange ideas and knowledge

  • Works on problems of limited scope and follows standardized procedures to complete assigned tasks

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • Minimum of 0-2 years of relevant engineering experience

  • Experienced implementing algorithms and software on real hardware in field robotics applications. Bonus: experience with low size, weight, and power (SWAP) devices

  • Experience with C/C++ required, modern standards (11, 14, 17+) preferred. Bonus: experience with ROS

  • Experience with Matlab and/or Python preferred

  • Familiarity with one or more of the following technology areas (bonus points for UAS applications)

  • Computer vision: feature extraction, object detection, template matching, image descriptors, object detection and localization, single/multi-object tracking

  • Computer vision: structure from motion, visual odometry, photogrammetry

  • Vision-based guidance, control, and estimation

  • Behavior modeling approaches including finite-state machines, behavior trees, and utility AI

  • Path planning and trajectory generation

  • Multi-vehicle coordination

  • Advanced control methodologies: robust adaptive control, optimal control with dynamic programming, model predictive control (MPC)

  • Experimental design and interpretation of results

  • Additional Requirements

  • Demonstrates strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrates effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Must be 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

  • Proficiency with office software and computer-based productivity tools

  • 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)

  • The salary range for this role is:

    $84,198 - $126,298

    AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.

    ITAR Requirement:

    This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

    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: https:// www.

    We also encourage you to review our company website at https:// www. to learn more about us.

    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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


    U.S. Citizenship required. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.

    Job details


    Autonomy & Robotics Engineer I




    United States


    June 11, 2024

    Application deadline

    September 09, 2023

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