Autonomy Engineer - Perception

Engineering Kitchener, Ontario


Position:        Autonomy Engineer - Perception              
Location:       Kitchener, Ontario             
Experience:   1-5 Years Relevant Work Experience
Education:     Graduate Degree in Related Field
Division:         OTTO Motors

About OTTO™ Motors (Division of Clearpath Robotics)
OTTO™ Motors is a growing, disruptive company, making material handling in industrial settings safer, easier, and more efficient through development of hardware and software that automates movement of goods in busy factories and warehouses. The company’s industry-leading self-driving technology provides automated and on-demand material handling in the most demanding industrial environments, spanning automotive, medical device, aerospace, logistics, and more. Customers trusting their mission-critical material handling needs to OTTO Motors include Fortune 100 brands GE, Toyota, and Caterpillar. For more information visit

About the Job

Clearpath's OTTO Motors robots lead the industry in self-driving materials handling, and you can help us push robotics to the next level of intelligence and performance. This means continually learning, inventing, and implementing new algorithms for navigation, collaboration, and control - all with an emphasis on robust and reliable best practice programming. We're looking for people excited to develop the next generation of perception algorithms to tackle the toughest challenges in localization and mapping, machine learning, computer vision and more.

The perception team’s primary responsibility is the development of the core robotics software responsible for environmental perception and understanding on all of our vehicles. You will be responsible for evaluating state-of-the-art ideas from academia and industry, and taking these ideas out of the lab and into the real world, identifying opportunities to improve, and developing high-performance software to run in real time on the robots. As part of the perception team you will continue to advance the cutting edge of robotics research through collaboration with our academic partners and contributions to research publications and open source initiatives.

Your primary responsibilities will be:

  • Create robust innovative solutions to the problems of robotic perception
  • Development of custom SLAM, computer vision, machine learning, target tracking and perception algorithms
  • Evaluation of new algorithms and sensing technology
  • Assisting with concept development for new products and projects
  • Design and implement new perception systems and algorithms
  • Supporting deployment and testing of robotic systems

Additional tasks may include:

  • Collaboration with internal teams including controls and navigation planning and well as academic and industrial partners
  • Triage and support of live industrial systems in the field
  • Attending tradeshows and conferences

About You

You want to work for a company that thinks big and dreams huge.  You are driven, want to make a difference, 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.

Required Skills:

  • Graduate degree in engineering/CS or a related field, with applicable background
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge in at least one or more areas of: state estimation, computer vision, SLAM, machine learning, target detection and tracking, robotic perception.
  • Strong software development skills in modern C++
  • Proficiency with Linux
  • Excellent teamwork/communication skills
  • Ability to independently develop software development plans, including timelines and test procedures

Bonus points for:

  • Hands-on experience with real world autonomous systems
  • Experience writing efficient, high performance code
  • ROS, TensorFlow, Gazebo, and PCL experience
  • Familiarity with graph optimization techniques and libraries
  • Experience with git/other DVCS systems and other software development processes
  • Understanding of sensor error modeling, particularly laser rangefinders and vision systems

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