Software Engineer, Motion Planning

| Greater Boston Area

Perceptive Automata is seeking an engineer that has experience developing motion planning for vehicles and enjoys the challenge of extending existing techniques to create innovative approaches.

In this role, you’ll be responsible for implementing autonomous vehicle motion planning that integrates our state-of-mind predictions (in addition to more “traditional” inputs) to help navigate intelligently in the presence of other road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles. This motion planning will initially be put to the test in simulation and will eventually be showcased in autonomous demonstration vehicles.

Strongly Preferred Skills & Background:

  • Experience developing motion planning algorithms for autonomous robots (preferably vehicles) in dynamic environments

  • Experience developing and testing mobile robots in simulation environments and in the field

  • Understanding of configuration spaces and a variety of planning techniques (esp. probabilistic planning techniques)

  • Extensive experience with programming and algorithm design

  • Extensive software development experience (C/C++, Python)

  • Working knowledge of state of the art of autonomous mobile robot planners

Also Helpful:

  • MS or PhD degree in CS/CE/EE/ME/Robotics or equivalent with focus on motion/path planning or related field

  • Publications in the field of motion/path planning

  • Experience with automotive-specific simulation environments (VTD, CARLA, etc.)

  • SLAM / Probabilistic Filtering experience

  • Experience organizing and managing large amounts of data (e.g. to serve as simulation inputs)

  • Experience with real-time sensor fusion (e.g. IMU, lidar, camera, odometry, radar)

  • Experience with machine learning including deep learning and reinforcement techniques

Benefits:

  • Year-End week-long shutdown, 3 weeks paid vacation & 11 holidays
  • 100% Premium paid health insurance
  • Monthly transit or parking benefit provided by Perceptive Automata
  • Flexible spending & dependent care accounts
  • Health care reimbursement account (50% or more of your deductible covered by Perceptive Automata) 
  • Eye & dental insurance
  • Flexible maternal & paternal leave
  • Equity-based compensation
  • Efficient 401K plan 

Perks:

  • Modern urban office space with natural light and greenery 
  • Lunch provided daily by local Union Square Restaurants
  • Unlimited healthy snacks & beverages
  • Journal clubs, guest speakers & learning opportunities
  • In-office gaming, board games & books
  • Office lending library
  • Company outings
  • Diverse events organized by team members on an ad-hoc basis 

Company Overview:

Perceptive Automata is focusing on solving one of the hardest problems for self-driving cars: understanding the human state of mind. The company combines behavioral science techniques with machine learning to give autonomous systems the capability to anticipate and react to human behavior, enabling autonomous vehicles to navigate safely and smoothly around pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers. This is essential for autonomous systems to seamlessly roll out in human-dominated road environments and to deliver a smooth ride experience for passengers of autonomous mobility services.


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Nestled in the heart of Union Square, Perceptive Automata's urban headquarters boast lots of bright natural light with lots of greenery.

An Insider's view of Perceptive Automata

What are some social events your company does?

We host different events that are thought up of by different team members. We've gone to throw Axes at Urban Axes and we are taking a trip out to Cape Cod later this summer. Board game nights and Mario kart competitions are also always easy to come by!

Natasha

Director, Operations

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

Our team is constantly challenged by the effects of new research. Whether it is internal progress on psychophysics and computer vision or external publication of machine learning methods, we have to work hard to assess the consequences of a new development on our entire pipeline. Evaluating results requires rigorous data science.

Mel McCurie

Machine Learning Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Being part of a multi-disciplinary team has allowed me to think more creatively and tackle complex projects, using novel approaches from different fields. Also, through the learning opportunities that the company offers, such as conferences and invited talks, I'm constantly learning about the AV industry and how to better solve its technical challe

Alli Kwon

Machine Learning Engineer

What is your vision for the company?

A world where machines can seamlessly understand and cooperate with humans to improve the quality of life for all.

Sid

CEO & Co-Founder

What are Perceptive Automata Perks + Benefits

Culture
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Perceptive Automata employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers Two Cleanings per year and helps out with a lot of other costs.
Vision Benefits
The vision benefits plan covers 100% for annual eye exams with $150 for glasses and contact lenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
Perceptive offers two different health plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield. Perceptive covers 100% of the premium on the HMO plan and then you can pay up a little bit to be on the PPO plan.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Perceptive offers Dependent Care accounts for families and also WFH flexibility & sick days.
Flexible Work Schedule
Acme Co. provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes lots of vacation time and flexible work from home abilities.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Perceptive offers employees 3 weeks paid vacation plus a week shut down at Christmas and 11 paid holidays per year. Effectively that is 6 weeks of time off.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 5 hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Perceptive gives you $90 a month towards commuter benefits or assists with a dedicated parking spot.
Company Outings
We offer events at least quarterly and sometimes more.
Free Daily Meals
We offer free daily catered lunch along with cereal / yogurts and fresh fruit which you can eat for breakfast.
Game Room
Our game room includes Video Games.
Stocked Kitchen
Coffee, espresso, seltzer water, filtered water, candy, fresh grapes or cherries, bananas, chips, popcorn, and much more!
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted At team's discretion.
Parking
We offer employees paid street parking.
Pet Friendly
Perceptive's pet policy is occasional bring your pet to work days.
Fitness Subsidies
3 months of fitness reimbursement is offered through our health plan.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Perceptive hosts journal club on a weekly basis.
Cross functional training encouraged
Time allotted for learning
We allow employees to buy any book they'd like that relates to learning for their position and allow time for exploration.
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