[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Positions in estimation, control, and vision for Moon landing

Kevin Peterson kevin.peterson at astrobotic.com
Tue Nov 26 09:05:54 PST 2013


Astrobotic Technology is building robotic vehicles to land on the Moon, win
the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and support future exploration activities.

We are hiring exceptional individuals to develop guidance, navigation, and
control systems needed for these planetary landers and rovers. Our robotic
systems incorporate multiple sensors (cameras, IMUs, lasers, etc) to enable
autonomous state estimation, trajectory planning, and hazard avoidance.

Astrobotic is committed to landing a robotic vehicle on the moon in the
next three years. These systems will be part of that landing.



Specialties of interest are estimation and filtering, controls, and
computer vision; candidates should have experience with at least one of
these.

Estimation/Filtering
- Experience designing and fielding real-time nonlinear estimation/filtering
- Knowledge of robot dynamics modeling and simulation
- Experience in building, simulating, field testing, and tuning robotic
systems
- Experience in developing, testing, and tuning Kalman filters
- Knowledge of sensor fusion (especially vision-aided navigation)

Controls
- Solid education and experience in nonlinear and time-varying control
theory
- Knowledge of trajectory planning and following
- Knowledge of real-time search and optimization techniques
- Knowledge of robot dynamics modeling and simulation
- Experience fielding control systems for airborne vehicles
- Experience in building, simulating, testing, and tuning robotic systems

Vision
- Experience with GPS-denied position estimation using vision
- Knowledge of visual servoing
- Knowledge of physics-based vision and modeling
- Experience implementing real-time SLAM and structure from motion
algorithms
- Experience configuring and building optics outside of a laboratory
environment
- Experience with calibration


Qualifications

Required:
- MS degree or higher in robotics, electrical, computer, software, or
similar engineering field or at least 5 years of relevant experience in the
design, development, testing, and operation of robotic or space systems
- Expert knowledge of software engineering practices and agile development
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or otherwise able to review all
export-controlled technical information
- Ability to work independently in a fast paced and demanding start-up
atmosphere


Desired:
- PhD degree or higher in robotics, electrical, computer, software, or
similar engineering field or at least 5 years of relevant experience in the
design, development, testing, and operation of robotic or space systems
- A strong background in C++, LabView, Verilog, or VHDL
- Flight mission software development experience
- Robotic system integration experience
- Experience with real time embedded systems


If interested, email jobs at astrobotic.com or contact me directly.
http://www.astrobotic.com/jobs/

-- 
Kevin Peterson | CTO

astrobotic.com
2515 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


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