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Senior Perception Software Engineer - Sensing



Software Engineering
Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, February 16, 2024

Apptronik is building robots for the real world to improve human quality of life and to help solve the ever-increasing labor shortage problem. Our team has been building some of the most advanced robots on the planet for years, dating back to the DARPA Robotics Challenge. We apply our expertise across the full robotics stack to some of the most important and impactful problems our society faces, and expect our products and technology to change the world for the better. We value passion, creativity, and collaboration to help us overcome existing technological barriers in the industry to create truly innovative products.

You will join a team developing a state-of-the-art general-purpose robots designed to operate in human spaces and with human tools. It is designed to work alongside humans, mobilize to human spaces, and manipulate the world around it.

We are seeking a proficient Software Engineer who possesses a solid understanding of robotics principles and specializes in crafting sensing algorithms for robots. You will be part of our perception team which focuses on creating a real-time virtual representation of the local environment around the robot and determining where it is in the world, both globally and relative to its environment.


  • Work on integrating various sensors (Lidars/cameras) into our perception and autonomy stack.
  • Develop and maintain various sensor device drivers.
  • Develop algorithms for sensor fusion and calibrations between multiple cameras and Lidars.
  • Maintain comprehensive and accurate architecture & and design documentation.
  • Deliver reliable software through code reviews, continuous integration, and automated testing.
  • Analyze performance based on simulation and real-world testing.
  • Represent and lead with Apptronik's core values: CHIPC - Curiosity, Humility, Integrity, Passion, Creativity.

Must have

  • Masters in Robotics, Computer Science, Software Engineering, or similar, or equivalent
  • 1+ years of experience as a Software Engineer writing production-quality C++/Python code in a Linux development environment.
  • Experience implementing and deploying sensor drivers.
  • Hands-on knowledge of data structures and algorithms for image and point cloud processing and are familiar with ROS/ROS2, OpenCV and PCL/Open3d.
  • Strong theoretical understanding of camera models, calibration methods, distortion models and rectification methods.
  • Experience developing and debugging real-time, multithreaded software systems
  • Rapid, real-world hardware experimentation and troubleshooting abilities.
  • Ability to independently research difficult open-ended problems and come to a working solution.
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills.

Nice to have

  • Experience with development in Linux.
  • Experience with complex robotic systems, especially planning and control for dynamic legged robots in unstructured environments.
  • Experience deploying perception systems on low SWaP devices.
  • General system-level understanding of robotics with the ability to communicate with an interdisciplinary team.


  • Creative, curious, analytical, and disciplined
  • A passion for building things. Fellow tinkerers are encouraged to apply.


  • Competitive base w/ benefits
  • Highly motivating equity incentive package
  • Hybrid work schedule (i.e. work from home in some capacity)
  • Flexible work hours policy
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Open Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 401k plan

*This is a direct hire. Please, no outside Agency solicitations.

Apptronik provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.