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Localization + Perception SW Responsible Engineer

Lunar Outpost

Lunar Outpost

Arvada, CO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Are you passionate about shaping the future of humanity's presence in space? Lunar Outpost, a trailblazer in space robotics, invites you to join our team! Lunar Outpost is dedicated to creating a sustainable presence in space, while also driving positive impacts here on Earth. We are seeking a talented, experienced Localization + Perception SW Responsible Engineer to define the future of lunar surface mobility in a fast-paced startup environment.

As a Localization + Perception SW Responsible Engineer, you will spearhead the design and implementation of sophisticated localization, state estimation, sensor fusion, perception, and mapping systems. These systems are crucial for our lunar rovers' ability to navigate and understand the lunar terrain autonomously, identifying obstacles and optimizing path planning. Your role is central to our mission, enabling the rovers to perform complex exploration tasks with unprecedented accuracy and reliability. Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, you'll lead the effort to turn conceptual designs into operational systems, contributing to our goal of establishing a sustainable presence in space.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and develop advanced localization and perception systems for global and local scope, ensuring precise rover navigation on the lunar surface
  • Implement state-of-the-art techniques in sensor fusion, leveraging data from multiple sensors to enhance system accuracy and reliability
  • Develop and refine algorithms for terrain and obstacle mapping, facilitating effective path planning and rover autonomy
  • Lead the integration of perception systems with rover hardware, ensuring seamless operation in lunar environments
  • Collaborate with engineering teams across disciplines (mechanical, electrical, thermal) to align system designs with overall rover specifications and mission objectives
  • Oversee the testing and validation of localization and perception systems through simulations and field trials, ensuring performance meets project goals
  • Mentor junior engineers and technical staff, providing guidance and support to foster innovation and technical excellence
  • Utilize project management skills to coordinate additional engineering support, ensuring timely progress and adherence to project milestones

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Robotic Engineering, or related field
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in localization, perception, sensor fusion, and mapping technologies, ideally in the context of autonomous vehicles and/or robotics
  • Proficient in programming languages relevant to robotics and perception systems, such as C++, Python, and experience with ROS
  • Experience in research and development of perception and localization in unstructured/off-road environments
  • U.S. Person

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Robotics, Computer Science, or a closely related field, with a focus on localization, perception, mapping, or sensor fusion
  • Prior experience with space robotics or autonomous systems designed for space or other unstructured environments
  • Prior experience developing algorithms for resource constrained systems
  • Published research or contributions to open-source projects in areas relevant to localization, sensor fusion, or autonomous navigation
  • Proven leadership abilities and experience managing technical teams or projects, with the capability to drive projects from concept to completion

Lunar Outpost is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against protected characteristics (gender, age, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability, veteran status.) We want all employees (including executives and HR) to treat others with respect and professionalism.