Perception Software Engineer

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ABOUT ZIPLINEDo you want to change the world? Zipline uses drones to deliver critical and lifesaving medicine to thousands of hospitals serving millions of people in multiple countries. Our mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. Join Zipline and help us make this a reality for billions of people.ABOUT YOU AND THE ROLE

Zipline is at the forefront of a logistics revolution, using autonomous aircraft to deliver just-in-time, life-saving medical supplies on multiple continents, 7 days a week. We have completed over 200,000 deliveries; it took over 4 years to reach the first 100,000 deliveries. It took 8 months to reach the last 100,000 deliveries. Do you want to be a part of reaching 1 million life-saving deliveries in the next 2 years? 

We believe access to medical care should not depend on your GPS coordinates. In service of our mission to operate at global scale, we’re growing our perception capabilities, to expand quickly and safely into new products and locations, with the ultimate goal of delivering essential packages right to your doorstep. Our perception team is looking for a generalist software engineer with expertise in one of several perception-related areas, who is passionate about developing and shipping perception systems for the real world.

WHAT YOU'LL DO
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team to evaluate, select and calibrate next-generation sensor configurations for our vehicles
  • Leverage a deep understanding of state estimation, object tracking, and mapping techniques to design integrated solutions that enable our highly maneuverable aircraft to perceive general aviation aircraft, power lines, radio towers and other challenging obstacles, so that we can steer clear of, dodge, or otherwise avoid them
  • Design perception systems that can understand and communicate when they are not working well.
  • Build software infrastructure to enable algorithmic improvement by leveraging our large-scale fleet data
  • Understand the inner workings of the full perception stack, sometimes all the way down to the signal processing at our sensors, to uncover edge cases and make safety determinations
  • Identify and mitigate bottlenecks in our evaluation tools and processes
  • Work closely with the behaviors team to help inform path planning and real-time decision-making in response to perception outputs
WHAT YOU'LL BRING
  • You have deep expertise in one or more of the following areas: robot perception; computer vision; machine learning; sensor fusion; state estimation; object detection, classification, and tracking; SLAM; 3D mapping, phased-array design; signal processing.
  • Awareness of the theory and practice of modern machine learning techniques
  • Hands-on experience with robot perception projects (2+ years).
  • Experience working with production software. You are able to understand and contribute to high-quality software for a complex system.
  • Strong skills in linear algebra, coordinate transforms, statistics/probability, and optimization.
  • Strong software engineering skills, with mastery of relevant languages like Python and C++
  • Generalist mindset, with the ability to work cross platform, from spooling up cloud compute services to optimizing for embedded systems
  • Experience building reproducible data pipelines
  • Experience deploying perception solutions on real robots 
WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or our own sensibilities.

We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

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Volunteer in local community
We pretty regularly participate in and host school and community events for STEM and technology. Our teams in Rwanda participate in Umuganda (community volunteering) every month.
Partners with Nonprofits
We work with groups like Black Girls Code, Drone Legends, and Women & Drones to inspire young kids and get their wheels turning about robots from a young age.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We're a pretty quirky bunch, and it's not rare to find our team doing things like having a mechanical boat race on the bay, DJing at our holidays parties, & going to comedy events together.
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Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
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Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
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Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
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401(K)
Company Equity
Zipline has a compensation philosophy centered around both cash & equity.
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Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
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Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
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Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
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Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
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