Senior Software Engineer, National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)

Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA4.3

Full-timeEstimated: $89,000 - $120,000 a year
National Robotics Engineering Center is an operating unit within the world-renowned Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. NREC has 20+ years of experience and is globally renowned for developing and deploying robots into many applications across multiple sectors, such as agriculture, mining, defense, energy, and manufacturing. We strive to provide solutions for real world challenges where automation and robots have greater impact on productivity and improve the safety and comfort of the labor force. Our unique expertise places us at the forefront of unmanned ground vehicle design, autonomy, sensing and perception, machine learning, machine vision, operator assistance, 3D mapping and position estimation. With over 120 robotics professionals, we can solve challenges that no other organization can. NREC also leads in educational outreach through its Robotics Academy, which builds robotics curricula and software for K-12 and college-level students.

We are looking for an innovator in computer vision with expertise in fields related to: 3D perception, SLAM, visual odometry, machine learning for perception, safe CV, robust outdoor sensing approaches and more. You will work on challenging problems and develop state-of-the-art research in computer vision, 3D data processing, sensor fusion, machine learning, and other fields. You will apply these techniques to real-world robotic systems that perform useful work. Current projects demonstrate semantic segmentation, SLAM on embedded processors, laser perception for manipulation, and physics-based vision simulation. You will help our team make both autonomous field robotics and augmented reality applications a reality.


You will have an impact in crafting the robotics revolution, collaborate with and learn from experts, and build your career in a very fast-growing field. As part of our team, you will develop solutions to solve industrial and government challenges, deploy your technology in real-world situations, work side-by-side with elite robotics experts, and develop a variety of cutting-edge technologies.

You will have the opportunity to positively impact on the following:

Removing waste from farming = more food
Making industrial processes environmentally friendly
Making hazardous jobs safer
Improving efficiency in industry & manufacturing
Accelerating screening of pharmaceuticals
Selecting the career pathway that interests you
Influencing the direction of projects
Supportive of a non-standard schedule
Maintain work/life balance
Switch between part-time and full-time as life demands
NREC is at the center of the robotics ecosystem in Pittsburgh, PA. With over 60 robotics companies, Pittsburgh has become the robotics capital of the world. Geek Wire calls it Robotics Row; others call it Roboburgh. Join the leader in the most exciting time in robotics

Your primary responsibilities include:
Developing software for robotic and general-purpose applications
Adapting and integrating proprietary and open source software packages and APIs
Participating in the software process: design, code reviews, etc.
Build new tools for software communication, logging, and data analysis
Create and maintain development tools and infrastructure for robotic systems
Developing, documenting, and directing software system testing, troubleshooting, and verification procedures
Integrate custom and COTS hardware components: sensors, controllers, networking, etc.
Supporting manufacturing with hardware requirements and technology integration
Development in a Linux environment

Required Qualifications:
B.S. in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or equivalent experience (Any more is a bonus)
Greater than 5 years combined professional software development experience
Demonstrated understanding and use of software engineering concepts, practices, and procedures.
Proficient C or C++ skills
Proficient scripting skills (Bash or Python preferred)
Technical communication skills
Ability to participate in a cross-functional team
We especially want to hear from you if you have experience or qualifications in ANY of the following areas:

Software Architecture
Professional software development processes
Computer vision, robotics, machine learning, scientific computing, simulation, or graphics
Networking interfaces and applications
User interfaces
Linux development environment
Embedded systems or real time applications
Developing hardware drivers
Docker, CMake, Valgrind, and other development tools
Technical mentorship

Opportunities people at NREC have seized:
As a member of NREC, you have the opportunity to take control of your career. People in similar roles have shaped their careers to suit their interests and their needs.

Becoming an in-depth expert in a technical area
Leading projects and fostering client relationships
Receiving mentoring from senior engineers and robotics experts
Mentoring junior engineers
Taking courses at Carnegie Mellon
Staying connected with academic and recreational activities at Carnegie Mellon
Transitioned into a robotics, program management, technical lead, or software architecture roles
Performing consulting during off time
Are you interested in this dynamic opportunity with us? Please apply.

More Information:
Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.

A listing of employee benefits is available at:

Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

Department URL:
Job Function: Information Technology

Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh

Time Type: Full Time

Organization: ROBOTICS

Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent

Salary: Negotiable