Robotics Software Engineer II at Battelle (Columbus, OH)

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Battelle delivers when others can't. We conduct research and development, manage national laboratories, design and manufacture products and deliver critical services for our clients-whether they are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up or a government agency.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We are seeking a Robotic Software Engineer II; position located in Warren, MI and/or Columbus, OH.


Help bring our military's vision of the next generation warfighter to reality where soldiers operate in manned/unmanned teams with autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic combat vehicles!

Battelle's Advanced Mission Solutions Business Line is seeking qualified applicants for a Software Engineer position with experience in robotics and autonomy for unmanned mobile ground platforms. The primary work location will be on a client site in Warren, MI or Battelle headquarters in Columbus, OH. A remote location may be considered for a highly qualified candidate. This position involves travel to client sites in various US and international locations to support regular platform autonomy integration and testing events. You will be part of a team of engineers at Battelle providing support for the various government robotics programs. The position also entails direct communication and interaction with the client.

Typical job activities include inspecting, integrating and improving vendor or Government developed software modules; field testing; evaluating and optimizing autonomy algorithms over a wide range of testing environments and dynamic stimuli; assessing vendor software compliance against open architecture requirements; and developing custom adapter modules to bridge interface, capability and performance gaps.


  • Maintain regular communications with the client's team and the Battelle team to establish strong working relationships and facilitate an agile approach to evolving customer requirements.
  • Be part of a small multidisciplinary engineering team to provide hands-on engineering support for integration and testing needs both at the client locations and at Battelle.
  • Identify capability gaps with the systems under test which Battelle can provide improved capabilities and functionality.
  • Collaborate with the client and Battelle engineering team to design, develop and improve ground vehicle autonomy.
  • Develop and execute detailed test plans.
  • Manage the integration of autonomous hardware components such as sensors and drive-by-wire actuators onto ground robot platforms.
  • Develop software for robotic applications including automated tests.
  • Deploy autonomy software updates to computing systems running on ground robot platforms. Capture observations and record measurable results from integration and testing events.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field with at least 3 years of professional experience or master's degree in Computer Science or related field with at least 1 year of professional experience.
  • Proficiency with UNIX style C++ development using gcc/g++, make build tools, and version control systems such as git.
  • Ability to develop generic and modular software within a compartmentalized autonomy architecture.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills with the ability to use standard Microsoft Office presentation tools to communicate with client representatives and Battelle management.
  • Ability to interface within a larger team structure that manages programmatic and technical risks.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and physically distributed team environment.
  • Willing to travel within the US and international locations.
  • Must be a US Citizen with the ability and willingness to obtain and maintain a SECRET DoD Security Clearance.


  • Knowledge and first-hand experience in developing and operating mobile ground robot systems.
  • Familiar with existing government software and architecture standards and development efforts.
  • Experience working with technical data packages and standards implementations.
  • Proficiency with a Data Distribution Service such as the Robot Operating System (ROS) software framework, the Robotic Technology Kernel (RTK) software library or ARL Phoenix stack in particular.
  • Expertise with robotic tools such as the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) open architecture, the UGV Interoperability Profile (IOP) extension to JAUS, and the Autonomous Ground Vehicle Reference Architecture (AGVRA).
  • Experience with Hardware-in-the-Loop, Human-in-the-Loop, and Autonomy-in-the-Loop testbeds.
  • Knowledge of manned and unmanned teaming concepts and latest industry research.
  • Knowledge of autonomy algorithms for robot maneuverability such as localization and world modeling (e.g., SLAM); path planning and path following; collision detection and avoidance. Proficiency in physics-based 3D modeling, simulation, and visualization tools.
  • Existing DoD security clearance.


The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.

Battelle Benefits
Battelle's benefits program supports employees so they can be at their best at home and at work. It's a comprehensive package including:
  • A benefits concierge service to help you understand and use your benefits
  • Paid parental leave and family formation support
  • A holistic wellness community and employee assistance program offering physical, mental, financial, legal and family support

COVID-19 Vaccine

In compliance with President Biden's Executive Order 14042 and the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors, Battelle requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment and continued employment and to provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated. Battelle will provide reasonable accommodations based on a qualified disability or medical condition through the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act or for a sincerely held religious belief under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and related state laws).

Battelle is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact [email protected] .

Battelle is an equal opportunity employer. We provide employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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Battelle operates in the Energy industry. The company is located in Columbus, OH. Battelle was founded in 1929. It has 5775 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 37 open jobs at Battelle, click here.
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