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Robotics Senior Software Engineer - Drivers and Controls



Software Engineering
Redwood City, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2023
Location: Redwood City, CA
Travel Required: Yes
Job Classification: Exempt, Salary, Benefits
Job Functions: Engineering
Reports to: Andrew Nguyen
Robotics Senior Software Engineer - Drivers and Controls
About Dexterity
At Dexterity, we believe robots can positively transform the world. Our breakthrough technology frees people to do the creative, inspiring, problem-solving jobs that humans do best by enabling robots to handle repetitive and physically difficult work.
We’re starting with warehouse automation, where the need for smarter, more resilient supply chains impacts millions of lives and businesses around the world. Dexterity's full-stack robotics systems pick, move, pack, and collaborate with human-like skill, awareness, and learning capabilities. Our systems are software-driven, hardware-agnostic, and have already picked over 15 million goods in production. And did we mention we’re customer-obsessed? Every decision, large and small, is driven by one question – how can we empower our customers with robots to do more than they thought was possible?
Dexterity is one of the fastest growing companies in robotics, backed by world-class investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Obvious Ventures. We’re a diverse and multidisciplinary team with a culture built on passion, trust, and dedication. Come join Dexterity and help make intelligent robots a reality!
About The Role
At Dexterity, you will be developing software to enable real time control, optimal planners, and much more. You will be working on our low level drivers and controllers that interface with our robot arms and command them to move. You will develop and analyze robot driver performance and robot arm tracking. You will interact with vendors and build roadmaps for features around robot arm performance improvements. You will develop introspection and debugging tools to understand the behavior of your software, and deploy it in the field.
Day-to-day Responsibilities (does not include all responsibilities)
Design, program, test, and debug software for robots and robotic systems.
Develop low-level control software to drive robot arms from various vendors
Interface with robot arm vendors and external engineers to build out and improve robotic arm drivers, debug robot driver issues with vendors
Define and build metrics for robot arm performance across motions
Test, validate, and integrate Dexterity drivers around third party robot APIs and driver interfaces
Introspect on the performance (speed and quality) of control, drivers, data software running on the robot system and develop optimizations to improve them.
Develop software to enable multiple robots to work collaboratively and safely
Enable complex robotic systems to scale globally!
Desired Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
BS/MS/Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related discipline, or equivalent experience.
Knowledge of modern C++ and Python and standard libraries
Knowledge of robotics and related fields (classical controls, linear algebra, filtering, etc)
Good grasp of networking and computer systems concepts
Familiarity with Linux
Experience with Git and modern CI pipelines
Familiarity with wide array of software stack technologies (Docker, k8s, etc) is a plus
Familiarity with interprocess communication (shared bus, pubsub, redis, gRPC, etc) is a plus
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Work Environment & Physical Requirements
Loud work environment while working in the lab / warehouse environment
Stand/walk or sit for the majority of a workday.
Apply physical mobility (reaching, bending, climbing, crawling, kneeling, arm and leg extension) to perform all assembly production activities.
Possess extensive arm and hand mobility, dexterity and strength to lift, hold, reach, carry, push and pull parts. Also able to move parts, tools, equipment and materials in and out of vehicles.
Lift 40 pounds regularly; occasionally lift up to 75 pounds with assistance.
See and judge distances and space relationships to successfully complete detailed activities to fine tolerances, including reading written plans and other documents.
Base pay is one element of our Total Rewards package which may also include comprehensive benefits and equity etc., depending on eligibility. The annual base salary range for this position is from $160,000 to $215,000. The actual base pay offered will be determined on factors such as years of relevant experience, skills, education etc. Decisions will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.