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Senior Research Scientist, Autonomy Research

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Mission Summary

We are looking to add a talented Senior Research Scientist to our Autonomy Research team. You will develop state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms for planning, decision making, and motion prediction. Your applied mathematics, data analytics, and machine learning experience will inform your pragmatic approach to making a more intelligent autonomous vehicle. Does this sound like you?

What you’ll be doing:

  • Dive into data to understand a) how our car should drive, and b) how other road users (e.g., pedestrians, bicyclists, and other cars) interact with us
  • Design, implement, and evaluate state-of-the-art ML models for planning, decision making, and motion prediction
  • Help deploy ML models on our self-driving car
  • Relentlessly drive ideas from conception to on-car impact
  • Publish and speak at top conferences

What we're looking for:

  • MS or PhD in computer science, robotics, or similar field, with 3+ years practical experience in robotics, machine learning, and analysis of large data sets.
  • Fluency in Python, including standard scientific computing libraries
  • Experience working with large data sets
  • Experience using modern software engineering tools (e.g., version control, CI)
  • Strong applied math background

Bonus points (not required):

  • In-depth understanding of common Machine Learning and Deep Learning algorithms (e.g., for classification, regression, and clustering)
  • Experience developing autonomous vehicles or robots
  • Strong C++ development skills

Why you should join us:

  • Publications and patents encouraged (e.g., https://arxiv.org/abs/1911.10298, https://arxiv.org/abs/2106.15004, https://arxiv.org/abs/2106.11810
  • Opportunity to contribute across multiple disciplines (perception, prediction, planning)
  • Speaking opportunities are encouraged and supported

Motional is a driverless technology company making self-driving vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality.

The Motional team is made up of engineers, researchers, innovators, dreamers and doers, who together are creating a first-of-its-kind technology with the potential to transform the way we move. We’re behind some of the industry's largest leaps forward, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world's first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world's most-established public robotaxi fleet.

As a leader in an emerging industry that has the promise of creating safer, more reliable and accessible transportation for all, it’s imperative we have a diverse workforce, create an inclusive culture, and understand the communities we operate in around the world. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is fundamental to Motional’s success. That’s why we’ve established a team to ensure DEI is at the forefront of the candidate and employee experience, beginning with the hiring process and continuing throughout your career. We also partner with organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers to ensure our DEI work is informed by the latest thinking and approaches.

Strategically formed by Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives. Headquartered in Boston, Motional has operations in the U.S and Asia. For more information, visit  www.Motional.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


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How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

For the past 15 months we've been a remote organization, hiring 450 remote team members across our global organization. We recognize as we start our return to normalcy, we must remain flexible and continue to evolve, understanding that balance is essential. There is a conscious, respectful and phased out approach being made by each team leader.

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