[ros-users] [jobs] Navigation/Planning Developer (Remote Contract)

Ryan Gariepy rgariepy at clearpathrobotics.com
Fri Jul 24 17:56:52 UTC 2015

Position: Navigation/Planning Developer (Remote Contract)
Location: Part time or full time remote
Experience: Graduate degree or equivalent background in a related field

About Us
Clearpath Robotics designs and builds service robots to automate the
world's dullest, dirtiest and deadliest jobs.  Our clients range from small
local businesses to some of the biggest, best known companies on the
planet. We built Clearpath by offering hardware and services to support
advanced robotics R&D and are now expanding into commercial and industrial
service robot deployments.

We employ a diverse and highly talented team who live and breathe
robotics.  We believe that work must have a high “cool” factor and every
day should bring new knowledge.

About the Job
At present, most of our developers are located in Kitchener, Canada. We’ve
had a huge amount of interest worldwide from people who would like to work
from their home countries full-time, but we’re not yet in a state where we
can easily support them. However, the opportunities we’re facing as well as
our progress towards supporting worldwide development means we’re now at
the point where we’re looking for remote contract work.

We’re looking for people who can help us make our ground robots (a few of
which aren’t yet public) and software (again, not yet public) more capable
of planning in a wide variety of static and incredibly dynamic
environments. We need people who have an existing background in controls
and planning, and are up to helping our team revolutionize how the world
works. You won’t be off on your own – you’ll work closely with our existing
team and infrastructure on some very key projects.

Your primary responsibilities will be:
• Optimization of existing planning software
• Implementation of higher-level planning algorithms

Additional tasks may include:
• Code review of related modules
• Simulation model design

About You
You’ve seen where robotics is going and want to get involved with a small
company that thinks big and dreams huge.  Or, you’ve got obligations in
your current country and aren’t able to move, but still want to keep your
skills sharp. You might also be in academia and want to get a sense of how
industrial development operates, as well as learn from our experienced team.

You are driven, view work as more than just a job, and are never satisfied
with a project left half-done.  You want to work with people like you;
creative, fun-loving, and passionate about their work.  You are motivated
by seeing the problems you solve have real-world applications, and you
thrive on challenging and rewarding problems.

Since this is a contract position, we unfortunately will not be proceeding
with anyone who does not have prior experience as listed by the required
skills; we cannot commit to providing ROS or C++ training as we normally
would. We require candidates who can commit at least 20 hours/week for at
least 4 months, and who are not bound by any existing contract which would
prevent them from working with us.

Required Skills:
• Proficiency with Linux, C++, ROS
• Theoretical experience with path/trajectory planning for autonomous
ground vehicles
• Theoretical background includes sample-based and graph-based planning

Bonus points for:
• Gazebo experience
• Practical experience with the control of skid-steer and differential
drive ground vehicles
• Familiarity with SLAM and state estimation
• Familiarity with multi-vehicle coordination and area coverage algorithms
• Background in kinematic-based control
• Experience with the move_base framework

What Now?
Apply here: (http://www.jsco.re/22kc). Please also send testimonials as
well as conference papers, journal articles, source code, portfolio media,
references, or other indications of exceptional past work to
resourcefulhumans at clearpathrobotics.com, including “Autonomy  Developer -
Contract” in the subject. If your skills don’t fit this job description,
but you’re still interested in working with us please apply to our “General
Robotics Enthusiast” position. No recruiters or form cover letters, please.
They do not please our mechanical masters.
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