Software Engineer II Manipulation

American Express
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Job Description

About The Role

Our software team is growing rapidly and we are looking for talented engineers to join our small, agile, world-class team. In this role you will develop state of the art task and motion planning algorithms that will allow Digit to reason and manipulate the world around it. You will work closely with perception and controls teams to execute your planning algorithms and solve challenging problems in real-world deployments.

About The Work

  • Support development of a grasp library for different objects and robot end effector designs
  • Support development of a manipulation primitive library (pick/drag/stack/etc) for manipulating boxes, totes, and other objects
  • Develop a framework for planning through locomotion and manipulation primitives
  • Support development of trajectory optimization algorithms for executing motion primitive plans
  • Work with other teams in software (Perception, State Estimation, and Controls) to solve complex cross functional problems

About You

You have

  • MS or Ph.D. in robotics, computer science, or related field or have equivalent industry experience
  • 3+ years of experience developing and deploying mobile manipulation task planning on high dof robots
  • Proficiency in classical robotics planning algorithms and trajectory optimization
  • Strong software experience in modern C++
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively both orally and in writing with other team members
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Authorization to work in the USA

You might also have

  • Industry experience deploying mobile manipulation robots in real world applications
  • Experience working with humanoid (or similar) robots
  • Experience leveraging machine learning or offline trajectory optimization for speeding up online planning
  • Experience with perception and scene understanding especially as it pertains to manipulation planning
  • Strong mathematical fundamentals in search and optimization
  • Exposure to standard agile and software development processes (issue tracking tools (Jira), feature branching, version control (Git), continuous integration and deployment)
  • Publications in your field (RSS, ICRA, IROS preferred


  • Competitive Compensation Package
  • 100% Company Paid Disability, Life, Health, Dental & Vision Insurance (for AR employees)
  • Employer Matched Retirement Plan
  • Five Weeks of Paid Time Off Annually
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Relocation Assistance (for certain roles)
  • Stock Options (for certain roles)
  • A culture that encourages flexible work schedules
  • A culture that embraces individuality and authenticity

Agility Robotics is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits unlawful discriminatory practices, including harassment. Therefore, it is the policy of Agility Robotics to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Agility Robotics prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.

Company Info.

American Express

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