Computer Vision Engineer at Kitware (Minneapolis, MN)

| Minneapolis–Saint Paul, MN
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Team Description: 
Our computer vision team is a leader in the creation of cutting-edge algorithms and software for automated image and video analysis. Our solutions embrace deep learning and add measurable value to government agencies, commercial organizations, and academic institutions worldwide. We understand the difficulties in extracting, interpreting, and utilizing information across images, video, metadata, and text, and we recognize the need for robust, affordable solutions. We seek to advance the fields of computer vision and deep learning through research and development and through collaborative projects that build on our open source software platform, such as Kitware Image and Video Exploitation and Retrieval (KWIVER) toolkit.

About the Projects: 
Kitware’s employees have unique opportunities to interact and collaborate directly with customers, visit interesting customer sites, and participate in live field tests and demonstrations. Much of Kitware’s work involves applying state of the art artificial intelligence approaches to dynamic, real world problems. You will have the opportunity to contribute your skills to projects of national and societal importance. Research and Developer Engineers at Kitware also enjoy benefits commonly associated with a position in academia, such as support and encouragement for the publication of novel work.

In This Position You Will:

  • Identify and adapt SOTA machine learning models to exploit new capabilities
  • Serve as algorithm liaison between computer vision researchers and software engineers
  • Validate, optimize, and deploy advanced signals exploitation algorithms on edge devices
  • Build out strategic IoT, edge compute, and robotics capabilities
  • Contribute high quality, maintainable code to various open source software projects

Required Qualifications:

  • BS (+5 years) or MS (+1 year) in CS, ECE, or related field
  • Proficiency in Python, competency with C++
  • Experience with deep learning libraries (Torch and/or Keras)
  • Strong background in both classical and modern (deep learning) machine learning including model selection, architecting, training, validation, testing, and deployment
  • Machine learning experience using visual data
  • Understanding of a variety of learning tasks (Object Detection, Segmentation, Re-Identification, Tracking, Pose, Super Resolution, NLP). Hands-on experience a strong plus
  • A high level of comfort with academic literature and the ability to adapt research products to solve real-world problems
  • Due to contractual restrictions, only candidates that are US Persons (citizens, permanent residents, asylees or refugees) will be considered for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience curating quality, real-world datasets for training deep learning models
  • Experience with ROS, Docker, Edge Devices (Jetson), Real-Time Processing, Networking, DSP, Robotic Systems, Cloud Deployment, all a plus
  • Experience interfacing with hardware and sensors such as cameras and LIDAR
  • Knowledge of sUAS systems, both algorithms and payload integration
  • Knowledge of agile software processes, reliability, data-driven development, and disciplined but fast experimentation

Company Description
Kitware is a research and development software solutions provider with a mission to advance science, make a positive impact, and share our results all within a collaborative, employee-focused work environment that is friendly, fair, and flexible. Our work is improving healthcare outcomes, increasing national security, and advancing our national computing infrastructure. Our customers and collaborators include top universities from around the world, government organizations, national research labs, medical device manufacturers, car manufacturers, financial institutions and many others. Kitware is proud to be 100% employee owned, and Great Place to Work-Certified™. 

Additional Information
Kitware is proud to be a 100% employee-owned company. Our team members enjoy a small company environment, flexibility in work assignments, and high levels of independence and responsibility. Besides a great work environment, our comprehensive benefits package includes a generous compensation plan, tuition reimbursement program, flexible working hours, six weeks paid time off, 401(k), health insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, bonus plan, and free coffee, drinks and snacks.

Kitware actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, protected veteran status, uniformed service member status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

To be in compliance with the requirements for federal government contractors, all Kitware new hires must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date. Kitware will consider exceptions for religious and medical reasons, where appropriate. “Fully vaccinated” means you must have both doses of a 2-dose vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the second dose, or have received 1 dose of a 1-dose vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the dose. Proof of your vaccination status in the form of a copy of a CDC vaccine card, or notice of approval of a religious or medical exemption by Kitware human resources, must be submitted prior to your start date.

More Information on Kitware
Kitware operates in the Software industry. The company is located in Clifton Park, NY, Arlington, VA and Carrboro, NC. Kitware was founded in 1998. It has 168 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 18 open jobs at Kitware, click here.
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