Outrider
Autonomous Yard Operations
Golden, CO

Principal State Estimation Engineer

| Greater Denver Area
The company
Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, helps large enterprises improve safety and increase efficiency. The only company exclusively focused on automating all aspects of yard operations, Outrider eliminates manual tasks that are hazardous and repetitive. Outrider’s mission is to drive the rapid adoption of sustainable freight transportation by deploying zero-emission systems. Outrider is a private company backed by NEA, 8VC, Koch Disruptive Technologies, and other top-tier investors. For more information, visit www.outrider.ai

The role
The principal state estimation engineer will help architect and lead localization & state estimation efforts for Outrider’s fully electric, autonomy solution to automate freight yards. 

We are looking for someone who knows how to build state estimation solutions from the ground up to help us develop an integral pillar to deploy our system into production. The ideal candidate will know the nuances of ground vehicle state estimation and how to build that solution for Outrider’s use case. We are tackling this with a cutting edge sensor suite including LIDARs, vision, encoders, and inertial sensors. 

This role is ideal for someone who wants to be a part of a small, impactful organization pushing use case focus autonomy into the mainstream. We are a team of builders who are passionate about start to finish production oriented development and taking our research into the real world.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Drive the full software development cycle for the localization, mapping, and calibration of our perception system as we build the next generation of autonomous vehicles
  • Take responsibility for leading efforts to formulate, implement, and evaluate localization, mapping, and calibration algorithms.
  • Stay informed about cutting edge best practices and implementation
  • Own a mission critical piece of our system to deliver autonomous systems into production

Required qualifications

  • MS or PhD in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or related field
  • 7+ years of experience building production level C++ software for robotics applications in linux environments
  • Deep understanding of linear algebra, geometry, and probability
  • Experience performing sensor fusion with LIDARs, RADARs, cameras, GNSS and IMU
  • Experience with Kalman filters, bundle adjustment or factor graph optimization

Ideal qualifications

  • Curious/analytical nature and desire to build
  • PhD with publications related to state estimation
  • Previous experience with autonomous vehicles
  • Leadership experience in robotics applications
  • Deep understanding of ROS
  • Exposure to safety critical development
  • Experience in building from scratch high accuracy and mission critical state estimation components with proven outdoor performance across a wide variety of operational conditions.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary range of $110,000 - $180,000. For benefits, check this out!

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What are Outrider Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks for both the primary and secondary caretaker.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Flexible time off.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Outrider hosts monthly company outings.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
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Professional Development Benefits
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An Insider's view of Outrider

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We’re fired up to solve the urgent problem of yard automation needed for a more resilient supply chain. No one walks alone at Outrider. If anyone is stuck or needs help, people line up to lend a helping hand. This is an interdisciplinary problem, so the best and brightest engineers across multiple areas of expertise must work together to solve it.

Michael Cutter

Principal Computer Vision Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day starts on the computer modeling robotic designs. Next, our team holds a daily standup to discuss progress and goals. Then, I assemble prototypes. During lunch, I mountain bike with coworkers on N. Table Mountain. The afternoon is my favorite -- testing the robots on our autonomous vehicles. I love watching robots do cool things.

Martin Sotola

Robotics Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

At first, I was overwhelmed by unfamiliar software, robotics, and logistics jargon and the fast pace. Hard work, hustle, and awesome co-workers reduced my learning curve. In no time, I was contributing and saw my responsibilities expand -- working with engineering, commercial team and customers. I’ve seen exponential growth in my career and myself.

Kayla Holcomb

Associate Project Manager

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Daily, we’re solving complex, cutting-edge engineering problems. We encourage and welcome new and innovative ideas. In close collaboration with our customer-facing teams, engineering turns ideas into products that solve big pain points for very large companies. The majority of our team's ideas have morphed into solutions deployed at customer sites.

Dan Ambrosio

Senior Software Engineer and Head of Software Integration

What are some social events your company does?

When we’re not working or noshing on snacks provided in the kitchen, we’re sipping pints together in the brewery across the road. Many like to go hiking, running or mountain biking several days a week on N. Table Mountain also across the road. Others do Cross Fit or hang out socially outside of work. And, there’s a monthly company-sponsored lunch!

Tessa Ronan

Autonomous Vehicle Controls Engineer

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Sr. Project Manager, Autonomous Vehicle Operations

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
3 days ago
+16
The Sr. Project Manager is responsible for developing detailed vehicle deployment plans, managing the successful deployment of our vehicle system at customer sites and working with Fortune-500 customers to ensure safe and error-free vehicle system rollouts. 

Principal State Estimation Engineer

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
1 week ago
+16
We are looking for someone who knows how to build state estimation solutions from the ground up to help us solve an integral pillar to deploy our system into production. The ideal candidate will know the nuances of ground vehicle state estimation and how to build that solution for Outrider’s use case. We are tackling this with a cutting edge sensor suite including LIDARs, vision, encoders, and inertial sensors. 

Senior Software Engineer -- Multi-Robot Autonomy

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 weeks ago
+16
The Senior Software Engineer -- Multi-Robot Coordination will report to the Chief Software Engineer and be responsible for developing the command-and-control subsystem for mission-level planning to orchestrate and optimize single- and multi-vehicle autonomous traffic. We’re searching for a seasoned and accomplished software engineer with a track record of demonstrated high achievement who can lead software development for multi-robot orchestration from concept through testing and commercialization. The Senior Software Engineer -- Multi-Robot Coordination will develop software for tasking large vehicles to operate autonomously alone or in a group.

Senior Robotics Software Engineer - Manipulation

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 weeks ago
+16
The Robotics Software Engineer will report to the Manager of Robotic Systems and support the development of proprietary software and hardware products that automate manual tasks performed in busy freight shipping environments utilizing robotic manipulation and associated technologies. This is a mission critical team working in a dynamic environment building a robotics system from the ground up for rapid commercial deployment. This individual will be responsible for a large portion of our system and will have a high degree of autonomy in their work. This position requires exceptional algorithm creation, software development, and engineering skills related to perception-driven robotic manipulation. The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for software development that redefines large enterprise supply chains through demonstrated safe, error-free, and effective operational performance. 

Software Engineering Lead - AV Motion Planning

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 weeks ago
+16
You'll be the engineering lead for a category-defining motion planning capability that incorporates physics/kinematics, path planning, and trajectory optimization for an autonomous tractor-trailer combination capable of forward and reverse movement, including articulated backing, hitching/unhitching, and docking/undocking at warehouse loading docks. This subsystem will enable unprecedented functionality using durable, tried-and-true, classical motion planning techniques.

Principal Software System Test Engineer

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 weeks ago
+16
The Senior Autonomous Vehicle Software Test Engineer will report to the Director of Systems Integration, Validation, and Test Engineering and be responsible for comprehensive verification and validation; test procedure creation and execution; strategy and tool development; and bug identification, logging, and resolution. This position is mission-critical for delivering a safe, effective, first-of-its-kind industrial technology, and will build the foundation for the company’s overall system test procedures and organization. The successful candidate will test and validate autonomous vehicle systems that redefine large enterprise supply chains and boast safe, error-free, and effective operational performance.

Program Manager -- Configuration Management

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 weeks ago
+16
The company Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, helps large enterprises improve safety and increase efficiency. The only company exclusively focused on automating all aspects of yard operations, Outrider eliminates manual tasks that are hazardous and repetitive. Outrider’s mission is to drive the rapid adoption of sustainable freight transportation by deploying zero-emission systems. Outrider is a private

Electrical Engineer

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 weeks ago
+16
Design, analyze and test complex electronic systems that enable advanced autonomous vehicles. Develop production-ready electronic subassemblies (PCBs, wire harnesses, electronic enclosures, etc.) that can be manufactured at scale. Collaborate with systems, software, and test teams to refine electronic architectures. Develop, improve and sustain electronic testing fixtures and processes. Evaluate new electronic components and their impact on system safety and performance. Support field testing and debugging, both locally and at remote customer sites. Debug wire harnesses, electronic assemblies, PCBs, and installed systems.

Supervisor, Electronics Vehicle Assembly Operations

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 weeks ago
+16
Outrider seeks an Assembly Operations Supervisor to help usher in the evolution of private-property autonomous trucking by leading and overseeing system assembly. This is a mid-level position focused on the full manufacturing process, including participating in design reviews to ensure and improve manufacturability (using design for manufacture and assembly - DFMA - principles); working with the Quality team to implement guidelines and follow appropriate processes; and supporting continuous improvement via the use of troubleshooting and other techniques. The Assembly Operations Supervisor is also expected to be the interface between assembly operations and the end-of-line tests led by manufacturing engineers.

Senior Software System Test Engineer

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 weeks ago
+16
The System Test and Automation Engineer will report to the System Validation and Test Manager and will be responsible for comprehensive verification and validation; use-case and regression test procedure creation and execution; and bug identification, logging and resolution. This position is mission-critical for delivering a safe, effective, first-of-its-kind industrial technology, and will build the foundation for the company’s overall system test procedures and organization. The successful candidate will be up for a challenge to build foundational test frameworks and automation from the ground up, own and lead projects, greatly impact a rapidly growing test team, and test and validate autonomous vehicle systems that redefine large enterprise supply chains.

Field Support Engineer

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 weeks ago
+16
The Field Support Engineer will report to the Senior Director of Support Engineering and will be responsible for diagnosing complex hardware, software, and operational issues as the first point of contact for bug identification, logging, and resolution. A successful Field Support Engineer will resolve issues that affect our autonomous system and associated sub-systems at customer sites, as well as create and improve new diagnostic tools and processes that will be used by the rest of the company. This role is at a key connection point between our various customer locations and the engineering and product home base in Colorado.