[robotics-worldwide] [Jobs] Robotics Research Engineer at Deepmind, London (UK)

Francesco Nori fnori at google.com
Tue Apr 2 03:26:05 PDT 2019

Dear colleagues,
robotics at Deepmind (London, UK) is looking for candidates in robotics
with focus on several research areas relevant to the field (details below).
Please contact me directly (fnori at google.com) for applying to this job post
and for requesting additional details.


DeepMind is an Alphabet company acquired by Google in 2014. Deepmind
focuses on using the best available technologies, together with our own
research, to address some of the world’s most pressing and complex
challenges. We work in fields from healthcare to energy efficiency,
collaborating with experts to build tools to support and improve their
work.  Collaborating with Google teams, we also apply our cutting edge
research to products used by millions of people around the world. These
real world applications of AI technology help us work towards one of
DeepMind’s purposes - to use intelligence to make the world a better place.

About our Team

DeepMind's mission <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__deepmind.com_about_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=Uo7vzaA2skxnEHG-8LIVpByOHWTo3DWsa6hnsaod2l8&s=L745Jm1IzsT7YcxGTujKG3Q9Mjl-WsE6H_oTf9zOtNE&e=> is to solve intelligence
and use it to make the world a better place.

In the medium term, this means a lot of iterative blue-sky scientific
research. Today, we have hundreds of researchers on staff, including
numerous leaders in fields across AI & Machine Learning.

DeepMind ultimately wants to develop an AGI capable of dealing with a
variety of environments. A truly general AGI needs to be able to act on the
real world and to learn tasks on real robots. The aim of the Robotics Lab
at DeepMind is to endow robots with the ability to learn how to perform
complex manipulation and locomotion tasks. At Deepmind, experts in
different scientific fields (e.g. quantum chemistry, neuroscience, game
theory) collaborate with research scientists and software engineers to
solve grand challenges that would enable multiple scientific breakthroughs.
The Robotics Lab is a group of pioneering research scientists, research
engineers and software engineers uniquely specialised in Robotics at

The Role

Our Robotics Research Team at DeepMind focuses on Machine Learning for
robotics, including but not limited to deep reinforcement learning
algorithms. The robotics lab collaborates with researchers in machine
learning to develop powerful general-purpose learning algorithms for
real-world robotics.

We’re looking for Robotics Research Engineers to work on the problem of
learning real robotics tasks with data-driven machine learning methods. You
should be passionate about the field of robotics and have experience
relevant to this field, such as: modelling and planning for manipulation
and whole-body motion, real-time motion control with online optimisation
methods (e.g. QP, MPC, RL), perception for robotics (e.g. semantic
segmentation, scene understanding), state estimation, etc. The work that we
do presents interesting and unique engineering challenges and as a member
of the Research Engineering team, you’ll contribute towards enhancing the
performance of our research infrastructure and learning algorithms.



   Provide software design and programming support to research projects

   Report and present software developments including status and results

   Architect and implement software libraries for robotics applications

   Collaborate with other researchers to implement and evaluate algorithms

   Design of robotics experiments and scientific evaluation of results

About you


   MEng/MSc/PhD degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, or equivalent

   Strong knowledge and experience of Robotics in at least one of the
   following areas of expertise:

      Modelling, planning and control for hybrid dynamical systems (i.e.
      systems that exhibits both continuous and discrete dynamic
behaviours) with
      application either to manipulation or locomotion

      Reinforcement learning applied on simulated and real robots (with
      continuous action space and continuous state space)

      Sensor fusion for state estimation with different sensors: vision,
      depth sensors, inertial sensors, tactile sensors, proprioception, etc.

      Real-time control with on-line optimisation such as MPC (model
      predictive control) and QP (quadratic programming)

      Middleware and software development for robotics. Experience with
      real-time middleware for robotics will be positively evaluated

      Robotics perception (object pose estimation and matching, scene
      segmentation and dense prediction, grasp detection and planning,
      and self-supervised grasping, learning of depth and ego-motion).
      withdeep learning for perception will be positively evaluated

   Must have motivation to work with real robots


   Good knowledge of either Python or C++

   Knowledge of machine learning and/or statistics

   Experience with ROS or comparable middleware

Useful Skills & Experience


   Working knowledge of Tensorflow or similar frameworks

   Experience with numerical methods and data visualisation

   Contributions to open source and/or large-scale software projects

   Experience with low-level embedded software and firmware

   Experience with mechanical and electronic design

   Industry experience in Robotics

DeepMind welcomes applications from all sections of society.  We are
committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, religion or
belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital,
domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity
or any other basis as protected by applicable law.  If you have a
disability or additional need that requires accommodation, please do not
hesitate to let us know.

Francesco Nori || Head of Robotics || Google DeepMind || fnori at google.com

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