Senior Autonomy Software Engineer - Situational Awareness

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Skydio is the leading US drone company and the world leader in autonomous flight, the key technology for the future of drones and aerial transportation. The Skydio team combines deep expertise in artificial intelligence, best-in-class hardware and software product development, and operational excellence to empower a broader, more diverse audience of drone users - from first responders to insurance claims adjusters, utilities, and more!

About the role:

As an Autonomy Software Engineer at Skydio, you will help build our platform, develop new autonomous capabilities, and deploy these products to our customers. You will tackle a wide range of use cases, including situational awareness, emergency response, inspection, mapping, and multi-platform coordination. These represent some of the first deployments of autonomous robots to perform valuable real-world tasks.  Due to the nature of these products, the ability to obtain a US Government Security Clearance is required.

How you’ll make an impact:

  • Design and build complex autonomous capabilities through collaboration across our autonomy, mobile, product, and flight test teams
  • Rapidly prototype, develop, and iterate core autonomous flight and robotic algorithms to validate industry requirements and take ownership of those prototypes as they mature into robust commercial products
  • Guide the requirements, development, and testing process to ensure excellence of the software product
  • Capture, understand, and react to customer feedback to drive rapid improvements in product capabilities

What makes you a good fit:

  • Ability to obtain a US Government Security Clearance
  • Proficiency in C++
  • Experience using autonomous robotic systems and protocols, e.g., MAVLink, PX4, ROS, etc.
  • Familiarity with cross-platform development tools, e.g., Qt
  • Familiarity with networking or distributed systems
  • Experience building software and creating applications for interfacing with robots or hardware devices
  • Highly curious, creative, and able to communicate concepts to non-technical audiences
  • Strong software engineering fundamentals and a commitment to writing clean, well architected code
  • Excited to use robotics to make the world safer, more productive, and more creative

Compensation Range: 

  • The annual base salary range for this position (spanning multiple experience levels) is $170,000 - 220,000*.  Compensation will vary based on factors, including skill level, proficiencies, transferable knowledge, and experience. In addition to base salary, Skydio full-time employees are eligible to enroll in our benefit plans and take advantage of a variety of incentives and stipends.



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