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Robotics Engineer, Autonomous Aerial Vehicles - National Robotics Engineering Center - Military Veterans

at Carnegie Mellon University

The National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) at Carnegie Mellon University is seeking applicants for the position of Robotics Engineer for existing and new projects. We’re working on a challenging problem and that applies state of the art research in computer vision, 3D data processing, sensor fusion, machine learning, and other techniques to a real world outdoor robotic system. We emphasize regular field testing with the engineers observing the robots they program. We’re looking for an engineer with experience in autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles to help take this research into the real world robustly and safely.

NREC has been working on autonomous systems for over 20 years. This includes self-driving vehicles, supervised autonomous manipulation, and other types of closed-loop vision applications in agricultural, mining, defense, and manufacturing sectors. NREC has also been working in application of Augmented Reality for 10 years, recently in humanitarian and driver assistance domains.

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Developing software for autonomous aerial robotic systems.

  • Adapting and integrating proprietary and open-source software packages and APIs

  • Participating in the software process: design, code reviews, etc.

  • Build new tools for software communication, logging, and data analysis.

  • Create and maintain development tools and infrastructure for robotic systems.

  • Developing, documenting, and directing software system testing, troubleshooting, and verification procedures.

  • Integrate custom and COTS hardware components: sensors, controllers, networking, etc.

  • Supporting manufacturing with hardware requirements and technology integration.

  • Development in a Linux environment.

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or equivalent experience (Any more is a bonus)

  • 3+ years combined graduate academic and professional software development experience.

  • Demonstrated understanding and use of software engineering concepts, practices, and procedures.

  • Experience with ROS

  • Strong C++ skills.

  • Experience with scripting languages for quick prototyping (Python preferred).

  • Linux development experience.

  • Solid technical communication skills.

  • Demonstrated success working as part of a cross-functional team.

Bonus Experience:

  • Computer vision, robotics, machine learning, scientific computing, simulation, or graphics.

  • Embedded or real time-systems engineering.

  • Embedded Linux.

Why NREC?  

You will have an impact in shaping the robotics revolution, collaborate with and learn from experts, and build your career in a rapidly growing field. As part of our team, you will develop solutions to solve industrial and government challenges, deploy your technology in real-world situations, work side-by-side with elite robotics experts, and develop a variety of cutting-edge technologies.  

Have an Impact! 

  • Remove waste from farming = more food (link) 

  • Make industrial processes environmentally friendly (link) 

  • Make hazardous jobs safer (link) 

  • Improve efficiency in industry & manufacturing (link) 

  • Accelerate screening of pharmaceuticals (link) 

Take Control of Your Career! 

  • Select the career pathway that interests you 

  • Influence the direction of projects 

  • Supportive of a non-standard schedule 

  • Maintain work/life balance 

  • Switch between part-time and full-time as life demands 

NREC is at the center of the robotics ecosystem in Pittsburgh, PA. With over 100 robotics companies, Pittsburgh is recognized as the Robotics Capital of the World. Geek Wire calls it Robotics Row; others call it Roboburgh. Join the leader in the most exciting time in robotics! 

Join the Best Robotics R&D Group 

Join our talented team at NREC, an operating unit within the world-renowned Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. 

NREC has 25+ years of experience developing and deploying robots into many applications across multiple sectors, such as agriculture, mining, defense, energy, and manufacturing. We strive to provide solutions for real-world challenges where automation and robots impact productivity and improve the safety and comfort of the labor force. Our unique expertise places us at the forefront of unmanned ground vehicle design, autonomy, sensing and perception, machine learning, machine vision, operator assistance, 3D mapping and position estimation. With over 160 robotics professionals, we solve challenges that no other organization can.  

NREC also leads in educational outreach through its Robotics Academy, which builds robotics curricula and software for K-12 and college-level students, and offers professional development certification courses and training to educators. 

Opportunities people at NREC have seized: 

As a member of NREC, you have the opportunity to take control of your career. People in similar roles have shaped their careers to suit their interests and their needs. 

  • Becoming an in-depth expert in a technical area 

  • Leading projects and fostering client relationships 

  • Receiving mentoring from senior engineers and robotics experts 

  • Mentoring junior engineers 

  • Taking courses at Carnegie Mellon 

  • Staying connected with academic and recreational activities at Carnegie Mellon 

  • Transitioned into a robotics, program management, technical lead, or software architecture roles 

  • Performing consulting during off time 

  • Outreach to K-12 and college-level students 

At NREC, we value diversity, support it, and thrive on it for the benefits of our organization, our employees and our community. Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran. 


CMU’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As a condition of employment, Carnegie Mellon University requires all staff and faculty working in the United States to be fully vaccinated, including a booster when eligible, against COVID-19. Prior to commencement of employment, new hires in the United States must provide proof of vaccination or obtain an approved exemption. (Exemptions may be requested for medical reasons or for religious or strong moral or ethical conviction.) Those granted an exemption must comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements. The most up-to-date information on CMU's COVID-19 mitigation requirements can be found here: Minimum Requirements to Return to Campus.


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Engineering, Research and Project Scientists

Position Type

Staff – Regular

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


More Information: 

  • Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world. 

  • Click here to view a listing of employee benefits

  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

  • Statement of Assurance

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University founder Andrew Carnegie said: "My heart is in the work." No statement better captures the passion and drive of our people to make a real difference. At Carnegie Mellon, we're not afraid of the work. Our educational environment creates problem solvers, drivers of innovation and pioneers in technology and the arts. Employers in every field say our graduates are ready to hit the ground running the day they graduate. So, join us. Whether you're looking for a career or an education. Or both.

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