Autonomy Engineer - Controls

Technical Waterloo, Ontario


Position:          Autonomy Engineer- Controls             

Location:         Kitchener, Ontario              

Experience:     5+ years relevant work experience

Education:       Masters or PHD.

Division:          Clearpath Robotics

About Us

About Clearpath Robotics Inc.

Clearpath Robotics Inc. develops the future of robotics technology through development and sale of industry-leading self-driving technology, products, and services to over 500 of the world’s most innovative brands. Proprietary hardware, software, and services are delivered through the company’s research and industrial divisions: Clearpath Robotics and OTTO™ Motors. Clearpath Robotics Inc. is an award-winning company with recent awards including Robotics Business Review Top 50 Robotics Company, Edison Award for Innovation, Business Insider Top 40 under 40, and Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

About Clearpath Robotics Research Solutions

Clearpath Robotics’ research solutions group is a global leader in unmanned vehicle robotics for research and development, and provides hardware, software, and services to enable self-driving vehicle development, deployment, and operation. Clearpath Robotics works with over 500 of the world’s most innovative brands in over 40 countries, serving markets that span mining, military, agriculture, aerospace, and academia. Visit Clearpath Robotics at

About the Job

We require high-fidelity dynamic models, robust control, and reliable state estimation. We're constantly building robots, but want to bring their performance to the next level. We need an Autonomy Engineer to improve our current vehicle models & controllers and develop brand new ones for the robots we've got on the drawing board. Can you get behind that?

You will stay on top of recent developments in the control and modeling of unmanned ground vehicles. This includes evaluating such developments to determine if they can improve the performance of our standard model lines and custom products. Additionally, you will improve our existing models by spending warm summer days driving robots around outside (cold winters too; this is Canada after all). Finally, you will develop theoretical models of prototypes to assist the hardware design team in the design process.

Your primary responsibilities will be:

  • Controls development for ground vehicles and surface vessels
  • State estimator development for same
  • Software development as necessary
  • Sensor sourcing & integration

Additional tasks may include:

  • Developing & carrying out system test plans
  • Mentoring and assisting with supervision of interns
  • Explaining our newest shiny toys to the sales & marketing team

About You

You want to work for a small company that thinks big and dreams huge. You are driven, view work as more than just a job, and are never satisfied with a project left half-done. You want to be surrounded by people like you; creative, fun-loving, and passionate about their work. You are motivated by making an impact on your workplace and you thrive on challenging and rewarding problems. Oh, and you have some form of higher education with the common sense to back it up.

Required Technical Skills:

  • Graduate degree in engineering or a related field, with applicable background
  • Practical knowledge of state estimation, control, mapping, modeling, and estimation techniques
  • Strong software development skills (C, C++, Python preferred)
  • Proficiency with Linux
  • Hands-on experience with autonomous systems

Desired Soft Skills:

  • Ability to efficiently and clearly communicate ideas, including to those who may have a limited theoretical background in the area
  • Ability to reliably plan and estimate development time requirements
  • Comfortable with abrupt changes to project deadlines, job responsibilities and the local gravity field

Bonus points for:

  • ROS, MATLAB, LabVIEW experience
  • Understanding of sensors and their error models, particularly laser rangefinders, GPS systems, and vision systems
  • Experience with the control of skid-steer and differential drive ground vehicles
  • Ability to perform general hands-on troubleshooting of electromechanical systems
  • Familiarity with SLAM, nonholonomic path planning, multi-vehicle coordination
  • Experience with the dynamics of small surface vessels
  • Familiarity with the control of manipulator arms
  • Ability to diagnose broken robots by their sounds and smells

Clearpath is committed to supporting a culture of diversity and accessibility across the organization.  We hire the best talent regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, age, sex, veteran status or sexual orientation. If you require special accommodation to complete any portion of the application or interview process, please contact 1-800-301-3863.