Research Scientist - Robotics

NVIDIA - Seattle, WA4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $69,000 - $91,000 a year
We are now looking for a Research Scientist (Robotics):
Robotics is an increasingly exciting field, influenced heavily by recent advances in hardware acceleration through devices such as the modern GPU. These advances have enabled tremendous progress in several areas of robotics, including manipulation, visual recognition and real-time tracking, and learning-based control. Robots are getting increasingly proficient at building 3D maps of their environments, detecting and tracking objects and people as they move through the world, learning controllers from realistic simulation, and understanding commands provided via gestures and natural language.

While our ultimate goal is to reach human-level dexterity, perception, and adaptability, we still have a long way to go. To enable the next generation of robots that can robustly manipulate the physical world and interact with people in a natural way, progress is still needed in each of these underlying domains and, perhaps even more importantly, in the integration of these individual contributions into complete robot systems. Toward this goal, the NVIDIA Robotics Research Lab will bring together a diverse, interdisciplinary research team working on core robotics topics ranging from control and perception to task planning and collaboration, and critical related areas such as computer vision, deep learning, and natural language processing.

The lab will focus on basic research; lab members will be encouraged to publish their work and share code open source. It will be located near the University of Washington to enable close collaboration with students and faculty at UW. The lab will host numerous internships every year to foster education and collaboration, and members will be encouraged to collaborate broadly with external institutes and robotics companies. NVIDIA is well known for its team culture, and lab researchers will be able to closely interact with others within the company who are experts in computer vision, deep learning, self-driving cars, and physics-based simulation.

The following research areas are of particular interest:
robot manipulation
robot control and reinforcement learning
computer vision
deep learning
physics-based simulation
natural language processing

What we need to see:
PhD in Robotics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field.
3+ years of relevant research or work experience
Knowledge of theory and practice of robotics, or a related area with a strong interest in connecting your work to robotics scenarios.
A track record of research excellence with your work published in top conferences and journals such as RSS, ICRA, IROS, T-RO, IJRR, NIPS, CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, ICML, AAAI, ACL, EMNLP, ...
Exceptional programming skills in Python, MATLAB, and/or C/C++; CUDA and fluency in modern deep learning toolsets such as TensorFlow or Torch is a plus.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required along with the ability to work in a dynamic, research focused team. Your history of mentoring junior engineers and interns a huge plus.

With competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, NVIDIA is widely considered to be one of the technology world’s most desirable employers. We have some of the most brilliant people in the world and, due to unprecedented growth, our research and engineering teams are rapidly growing. Are you a creative and ambitious researcher with a real passion for robotics? Do you love a challenge? Come join our Robotics Research Lab and help us invent the future of Robotics.

NVIDIA is committed to fostering a diverse work environment and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As we highly value diversity in our current and future employees, we do not discriminate (including in our hiring and promotion practices) on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender expression , sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.