Autonomy Software Engineer - Flight Core

San Mateo, California, 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 in Flight Core, you’ll contribute to improving the robustness of our autonomy platform, developing new autonomous capabilities end-to-end, and deploying these products to customers tackling a wide range of use cases, including situational awareness, emergency response, inspection, mapping, inventory, and cinematography. These represent some of the first deployments of truly autonomous robots to perform valuable real-world tasks in large and critical industries.

How you’ll make an impact:

  • Build complex autonomous capabilities through collaboration with our autonomy, mobile, platform, design, product, and flight test teams
  • Rapidly prototype and iterate to validate industry requirements and take ownership of those prototypes as they mature into robust commercial products
  • Guide the requirements, release, and testing process to ensure high quality deliverables
  • Capture, understand, and react to customer feedback and potentially changing demands, and ensure day-to-day excellence of the software product
  • Develop a deep understanding of core robotics principles coupled with a full understanding of how our system works
  • Prototype and develop core autonomous flight and robotics algorithms as needed to expand our systems’ operational envelope
  • Be a generalist helping out on all aspects of the software system when needed

What makes you a good fit:

  • Experience building projects interfacing with and creating applications for robots or hardware devices
  • Broad familiarity and preferably hands-on experience implementing state of the art algorithms in one or more of the following areas: computer vision, deep learning, motion planning, controls, robot autonomy software and hardware
  • 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
  • High proficiency in C++ and preferably also Python
  • Excited to use robotics to make the world safer, more productive, and more creative

Compensation Range: The annual base salary range for this position is $156,000 - 215,000*. 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.

*For some positions the pay may be dependent upon the individual's regional location.


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