Principal Research Engineer (Manipulation) - Python

| Somerville

At RightHand Robotics, we have a rapidly growing and highly capable engineering team building robotic piece-picking solutions and deploying them around the globe. Our product has to be reliable enough to run non-stop on production fleets of robots in the world’s largest warehouses. If you’re simultaneously excited and a bit terrified about what this could mean for you, good! If working hands-on with robots on a daily basis intrigues you, read on!

Our Research and Development (R&D) team -- which is an interdisciplinary group responsible for all motion planning, computer vision, and AI product features -- is seeking a principal-level research engineer to develop and maintain our motion planning system. You will take ownership of our core path planning system, with the goal of continuing to improve our industry-leading pick performance in a variety of customer workflows by optimizing path planning for rapid plan execution, as well as developing new algorithms to meet our ever-expanding customer needs. This provides an opportunity to have a major impact on our product by contributing software that regularly ships to all of our customers.

You will:

  • Design, develop and maintain our core motion planning system
  • Optimize RightHand’s path planning algorithms to continue improving our pick rate
  • Work directly with our robots at RHR headquarters to prototype and validate algorithms

You have:

  • A Ph.D. in robotics or a closely-related discipline with a minimum of 7 years professional experience (or a Master’s degree with a minimum of 10 years professional experience)
  • 5+ years production-grade software engineering experience with a focus on robotic motion planning
  • Experience implementing high-speed / real-time algorithms in Python, specifically with respect to kinematic motion planning
  • Familiarity with classical and contemporary motion planning approaches, such as optimization-based planners, sampling-based planners, partially-observable Markov decision processes, and deep reinforcement learning
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

It would be great if you have:

  • Previous experience in motion planning for manipulation
  • Proficiency in production-grade C++ software development
  • Expertise in numerical optimization algorithms used in planning

The role is perfect for you if:

  • You love working on robotic planning problems that are currently unsolved, and thrive in fast-paced environments with individuals constantly focused on product improvement
  • You know the differences between the filtering and nonlinear optimization approaches to SLAM algorithms, but are tired of working on vacuums
  • You are a great fit for an autonomous car company, but know there’s no way that will be fielded anytime soon in Boston

Our perks include:

  • Flexible vacation
  • Generous premium coverage for medical and dental plans
  • Robots, galore!

RightHand Robotics (RHR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We have an ongoing commitment to the creation of a workplace free of discrimination and harassment. RHR recruits, hires, trains, and promotes individuals in all job titles without regard to race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, height, weight, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law. At RHR, we are committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and a valued member of the team.

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Location

RightHand Robotics is located in vibrant Union Square!

An Insider's view of RightHand Robotics

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office building is a historic post-office with residual architectural elements from the 1930's. The vibe is come-as-you-are, casual, laid back, and friendly. The office is constantly bustling with activity from both team members and robots running 24/7. Our collective interests include FOOD and drink, and general intellectual curiosity.

Colleen MacNeil

Office Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

There's never a shortage of tasks you can take on, and therefore I am able to create the job I want as I go. Whenever I ask for more things to do I'm always given new projects. My managers take a sincere interest in what I've got going on and where I see my career going.

Tabitha Akaktan

Operations Administrator

What are RightHand Robotics Perks + Benefits

RightHand Robotics Benefits Overview

RHR is an exciting fast-paced start-up with a flexible work culture and a multitude of generous benefits and perks. We are a company of self-proclaimed foodies so we always have good food, snacks, and drinks stocked in our kitchen and at many company-sponsored events. We have an amazing health plan that includes dental, vision, and mental health coverage, and we also offer stock options.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Team members go to the nearby rock climbing gym together often, and we have daily in-office group meditation.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
We have a flexible work schedule where employees can come and go as they please. We support flexibility required due to family/personal obligations, and needing to coordinate with our overseas offices
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
A few times a year we have low-key company sponsored events for our team where friends and family are invited to participate.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
RHR has annual company outings.
Stocked Kitchen
RightHand has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea, filtered water and carbonated water, soft drinks, ice cream, and a candy table with Haribo's and Mars' greatest hits.
Some Meals Provided
Our kitchen is stocked with some breakfast goods, including cereals, granola bars, and fruit, and we have a catered team lunch every Friday.
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted once every other week with food and drink provided.
Parking
Pet Friendly
RHR's pet policy is dog friendly. Employees can bring in their dog any time, and we try to coordinate with other dog owners via our #pets Slack channel.
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
RHR hosts lunch and learns around once a month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Paid industry certifications
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