Women Impact Tech

Perception & Autonomy Researcher

    Cambridge, MA

Full Time


A position is established for an individual interested in pursuing a challenging career in applied research for perception and autonomy applied to a variety of systems, with an emphasis on task and motion planning, vision aided navigation, modeling and control of complex dynamic systems and optimization for a variety of autonomous vehicle systems.  The candidate will work on cutting-edge efforts for US government and commercial customers. Areas of work include autonomous aerial vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and other decision-making frameworks.  The ideal candidate is an assertive self-starter, engaging colleagues and building ideas in a team-centered environment.

Required Qualifications:

  • MS or experienced BS in Computer Science, Robotics, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a similar technical field of study
  • Experience in robotic research in one or more of the following: task planning (e.g., hierarchical task networks), motion planning and control, perception
  • Specific experience in at least one of the following: trajectory optimization; planning under uncertainty; probabilistic robotics; optimal control; guidance, navigation & control (GN&C); vision aided navigation; computer vision
  • Solid programming experience (e.g., C/C++, Python, MATLAB), experience with robot operating system (ROS)
  • Good written and spoken communication skills

Security Requirement:

  • Applicants selected for this position will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.

** Draper has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all Draper employees. This will be a condition of employment to work at Draper.

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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.

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