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Software Engineer - Perception and Machine Learning - Apptronik

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Job Title
Software Engineer - Perception and Machine Learning
Job Location
Austin, TX
Job Description

Apptronik is building robots for the real world to improve human quality of life and to help solve the ever-increasing labor shortage problem. Our team has been building some of the most advanced robots on the planet for years, dating back to the DARPA Robotics Challenge. We apply our expertise across the full robotics stack to some of the most important and impactful problems our society faces, and expect our products and technology to change the world for the better.  We value passion, creativity, and collaboration to help us overcome existing technological barriers in the industry to create truly innovative products. 

You will join a team developing a state-of-the-art general-purpose robot designed to operate in human spaces and with human tools. It is designed to work alongside humans, to walk like humans do, and to dexterously manipulate objects with its hands and upper body.  

We’re looking for a skilled Sr. Software Engineer - Perception with a good grasp of robotics fundamentals and expertise in Machine learning-based perception techniques. You’ll work on our perception team to allow our robots to be aware of their environment and surroundings.  


  • Developing computer vision algorithms and software for real world applications
  • Research the state-of-the-art Machine learning algorithms and apply excellent algorithm design and programming skills to improve our software
  • Develop perception software for a humanoid robot
  • Implement, test, and evaluate various state-of-the-art methods used for object recognition, scene segmentation, and semantic labeling
  • Stay abreast of new research and novel findings in the fields of computer vision, perception, and machine learning
  • Deliver reliable software through code reviews, continuous integration, and automated testing
  • Analyze performance based on simulation and real-world testing

Must have 

  • Masters in Robotics, Computer Science, Software Engineering, or similar, or equivalent, preferred
  • 3+ years of experience Software Engineer writing production-quality C++/Python code in a Linux development environment
  • Experience implementing image processing/computer vision algorithms
  • Hands-on knowledge of data structures and algorithms for point cloud processing and are familiar with ROS/ROS2, OpenCV, PCL and Open3D
  • Experience developing Machine Learning algorithms for object detection, tracking, and localization using Tensorflow/Pytorch
  • Experience developing, maintaining, and deploying Machine learning models to low SWaP compute platforms, ideally in the domain of Robotics 
  • Strong theoretical understanding of some significant subset of perception, motion planning, probability, and linear algebra 
  • Experience developing and debugging real-time, multithreaded software systems
  • Rapid, real-world hardware experimentation and troubleshooting abilities
  • Ability to independently research difficult open-ended problems and come to a working solution
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills

Nice to have  

  • Experience with development in Linux
  • Experience with complex robotic systems, especially perception, planning and control for dynamic-legged robots in unstructured environments 
  • General system-level understanding of robotics with the ability to communicate with an interdisciplinary team


  • Creative, curious, analytical, and disciplined     
  • A passion for building things. Fellow tinkerers are encouraged to apply. 


  • Competitive base w/ benefits
  • Highly motivating equity incentive package
  • Hybrid work schedule (i.e. work from home in some capacity) 
  • Flexible work hours policy
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 401k plan



*This is a direct hire.  Please, no outside Agency solicitations. 

Apptronik provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Apptronik Headquarters Location

Austin, TX

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Apptronik Company Size

Between 20 - 50 employees

Apptronik Founded Year


Apptronik Total Amount Raised


Apptronik Funding Rounds

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  • Corporate Round

    $10,000,000 USD

  • Seed

    $14,600,000 USD

  • Grant

    $224,924 USD