[robotics-worldwide] Robotics research post at Ocado

Graham Deacon graham.deacon at ocado.com
Thu Jul 21 09:21:25 PDT 2011


*Research Engineer/Developer role available at Ocado Technology, Hatfield,
UK*

*Job purpose*

To work on the research, design and development of novel sensor-guided
robotic systems in order to demonstrate the ability of such technology to
further enhancing the already highly automated Ocado product delivery
systems.

Ocado Technology is responsible for the design and development of almost all
the software that runs our business. The robotics research team is working
on pre-production systems using recent research results and state of the art
technology.

  *Roles and responsibilities *

   -

   Participate effectively in investigating and implementing sensor-guided
   robotics solutions to specific automation problems that have been identified
   as key to improving Ocado competitiveness and efficiency.
   -

   Take an active role in the choice of technologies and techniques used in
   the delivery of robotics application demonstrators.
   -

   Perform mathematical modelling and algorithm development to achieve
   real-time sensor-guided robot motions.
   -

   Develop software that implements novel and sophisticated solutions to
   specific robotic applications.
   -

   Documentation of theoretical developments and their software
   implementation.
   -

   Demonstrate working pre-production systems and thoroughly test them to
   establish their operational limits.
   -

   Liase with production engineering for the purpose of aiding the adoption
   of newly developed solutions.


 *Qualifications*

   -

   *Essential*
   -

      An excellent first degree in Computer Science or Joint Maths &
      Computing from a good university.


   -

   *Desirable*
   -

      Computer Science or Software Engineering postgraduate qualifications
      from a recognised course.
      -

      A PhD in a relevant area or demonstrable track record of the ability
      to perform novel work in a cutting edge environment on
challenging projects.

*
*

*Job-specific skill-set*

Candidates are sought with strong 3D mathematical skills and experience of
using them in the development of software in two or more of the following
domains:-

   -

   3D computer vision, particularly with point cloud sources such as
   time-of-flight cameras and structured lighting devices
   -

   image mosaicing/stitching/registration
   -

   structure from motion/3D reconstruction
   -

   simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)
   -

   image-guided/computer-assisted surgery
   -

   meshing algorithms
   -

   geometric modelling
   -

   spatial occupancy and collision detection/avoidance
   -

   robot motion planning
   -

   sensor guided robot motions, particularly vision guidance.

In addition, demonstrable experience and an understanding of the
underpinning techniques (where applicable) of a number of the following is
required:

   -

   *Primary Development Language*
   -

      C/C++ (using the GCC toolchain and Qt4)
       -

   *Other Languages*
   -

      GNU Octave or MATLAB
      -

      Unix shell scripting
       -

   *Libraries*
   -

      OpenCV
      -

      Point Cloud Library
      -

      OpenGL
      -

      OpenMesh or MeshLab
      -

      GNU Scientific Library
      -

      Numerical Recipes
      -

      Computational Geometry Algorithms Library
       -

   *Documentation tools*
   -

      Doxygen
      -

      LaTeX
       -

   *Development tools*
   -

      IDE: Qt Creator
      -

      Version Control: Mercurial
       -

   *Operating system*
   -

      Linux (Ubuntu)

Experience with programming an industrial robot arm would be beneficial, but
not essential providing strong programming skills in other areas can be
demonstrated.

Other software development skills of interest are those applicable to
real-time systems and multi-tasking/multi-threading.


*Further details*

See: http://www.ocado.com/careers/vacancy.do?sv=563

Informal enquiries and further details can be obtained from Dr Graham Deacon
at graham.deacon at ocado.com.


*Applications*

Applicants, who should be eligible to work in the UK, should send a covering
letter and CV to itjobs at ocado.com.


-- 
Dr Graham Deacon
Robotics Research Team Leader,
Ocado Technology

Switchboard:+44 (0)1707 228000
Direct: +44 (0)1707 228553
Mobile: +44 (0)7887 574032
Fax: +44 (0)1707 227999



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