Outrider
Autonomous Yard Operations
Golden, CO

Senior Engineer, Computer Vision and Machine Learning

| Greater Denver Area
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The company
Outrider is a software company that is automating distribution yards with electric, self-driving trucks. Our system eliminates manual tasks that are hazardous and repetitive while it improves safety and efficiency. Outrider’s mission is to drive the rapid adoption of sustainable freight transportation. We are a private company founded in 2018 and backed by NEA, 8VC, Koch Disruptive Technologies, and other top-tier investors. Our customers are Fortune 200 companies and our autonomous trucks are already running in distribution yards. For more information, visit www.outrider.ai

The role
The Senior Engineer, Computer Vision & Machine Learning will report to the Manager of Machine Learning and develop perception-based software capabilities through all phases of Outrider's autonomous vehicle (AV) deployment programs. The engineer in this role will help drive the development of perception capabilities by owning the full development lifecycle model, from dataset curation and model development to integration with the perception pipeline.

We’re searching for an expert computer vision and machine learning engineer with 3+ years of experience developing algorithms and training models for one of the following: object detection, tracking, segmentation, pose estimation, and classification of obstacle types (vehicle, truck, pedestrian, etc.). This role is ideal for someone who wants to be a part of a small, impactful organization pushing confined-area, heavy-vehicle autonomy into the mainstream. We're a team of builders that's passionate about start-to-finish, production-oriented development and taking our research into the real world.

The Senior Engineer, Computer Vision & Machine Learning, will join a team that is developing the next-generation perception stack for Outrider's commercially deployed fleet of autonomous trucks. The team is working on interesting and challenging problems in pose estimation and object detection using LIDAR, RADAR, vision, and GNSS/INS.

This position plays an essential role in helping deliver a reliable, profitable, performant, safety-critical system -- it offers a technical, hands-on engineer the chance to help develop a market-defining, enterprise-grade robotics product that combines autonomous vehicle technologies with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model. 

The ideal candidate embraces the idea of reducing the carbon footprint of our 'get-it-now' economy and is invigorated by our overarching mission to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission, self-driving vehicle technology.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develop and train models for applications such as object detection, tracking, classification, segmentation, and pose estimation
  • Evaluate model performance
  • Incorporate models in perception algorithms
  • Integrate models into production vehicle perception systems
  • Maintain training, validation, and testing sets across customer sites and weather conditions
  • Be responsible for the full software engineering lifecycle: requirements, design, source code implementation, unit test, integration, and system test
  • Travel and perform fieldwork, depending on initial customer locations (up to 10%)
  • Contribute generally to the growth and success of the Company and the building of a vibrant culture focused on the responsible deployment of zero-emission autonomous vehicle technology

Required qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional experience training, evaluating, and deploying models for object detection, segmentation, and pose estimation with a deep learning framework such as PyTorch or Tensorflow
  • 3+ years of professional C++ and Python experience
  • Experience working on a team in a Linux environment and targeting embedded deployment
  • Masters degree in computer science or relevant field with exposure to classic and modern computer vision techniques
  • Experience with at least one of the following: vision, LIDAR, radar, or thermal sensing technology

Ideal qualifications

  • AWS experience with S3, SQS, Lambda, DynamoDB, and EC2
  • Experience with docker
  • ROS / software for ground robotic systems
  • Experience with embedded computer vision
  • Prior experience designing annotation ontologies and working with data labeling vendors
  • FOSS libraries/frameworks such as OpenCV, the Point Cloud Library (PCL), and similar packages
  • FOSS tools supporting software engineering, such as CMake, continuous integration packages, the Google test framework and others
  • PhD and relevant publications and patents

Compensation & benefits

  • Salary range of $170,000 - $210,000. For benefits, check this out!



At Outrider, we believe in cultivating an environment where there is diversity of perspectives, experiences, and knowledge with the expectation that we thrive in an inclusive environment. Outrider is committed to a workforce where everyone's opportunities are limitless regardless of race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, veteran status, or any others that are protected by law.

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What are Outrider Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Our Recruiting Team is aligned with our Hiring Managers to put D&I at top of mind to build the best product through the diversity of thought.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
HSA up to $2000 annually
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
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.
Remote Work Program
We embrace a hybrid work culture but promote being in-office. You drive your schedule and know when you need to be in-office and when not. Plan ahead and enjoy the opportunity to stay home and work.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Flexible time off.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Outrider hosts monthly company outings.
Game Room
Ping Ping table, Mountain Bikes for the trails behind the Golden office, In-Office Gym
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
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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