Principal Robotics Engineer

400SFT · Bedford, Massachusetts
Department 400SFT
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

General Summary

Soft Robotics Inc. is a venture-backed startup in Bedford, MA that integrates patented soft actuator technologies, a proprietary vision system, and artificial intelligence stack into robotic gripping, and autonomous manipulation solutions that can handle items of varying size, shape and weight with high-speed, precision, and a human-like touch. By leveraging the science of soft robotics, it is now possible to automate facilities that have traditionally depended upon manual labor for bin picking, order fulfillment, and other complex pick and place tasks. This technology is proven in manufacturing installations today and enabling new robotic solutions for the food supply chain, advanced manufacturing applications, and the e-commerce logistics industry. 

We are looking to hire a Principal Robotics Engineer to join a world class software team to participate in R&D and Product Development activities.  The ideal candidate will be a seasoned roboticist with experience designing and implementing robotic systems in a production environment, ideally targeting industrial automation applications.  They will have prior experience with developing autonomous systems that operate in unstructured environments, with expertise in one or more of the following areas:  perception, computer vision, manipulation, machine learning, etc.  They will work on a variety of customer-focused projects throughout the product development life cycle, from initial proofs of concept through robust production-ready implementations.


Essential Functions/Responsibilities


  1. Design and development of robotic systems, with primarily focus on manipulation and computer vision;
  2. Investigation into novel techniques for robotic grasping and manipulation to improve overall system performance;
  3. Design for safety, manufacturability, reliability and test;
  4. Participate in risk management and design control activities;
  5. Participate in design reviews and document development activities per established product development process;
  6. Mentor junior engineers and interns/coops;
  7. Other duties as required.


Experience/Education Requirements

Minimum qualifications:

  1. BS in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent;
  2. 10+ years of professional software development experience, or 8+ years of professional experience with 2+ years of advanced academic training beyond a BS;
  3. Experience designing robotic systems that operate in unstructured environments, ideally for industrial automation applications;
  4. Understanding of robot manipulation challenges, including sensors, perception, kinematics, motion planning, and controls;
  5. Ability to debug/troubleshoot complex robotic systems;  
  6. Strong proficiency in C/C++;
  7. Comfortable developing software in a Linux environment;
  8. Strong mathematical and analytical skills;
  9. Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Proficiency in the creation and maintenance of documentation;
  10. Demonstrated track record of exceptional individual performance in a fast-paced environment;
  11. Ability to work independently but also thrives in highly integrated team environments;
  12. Strong attention to details


Preferred qualifications:

  1. MS or PhD in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent, with specialization in robotics;
  2. 12+ years of experience in product development organizations, designing and implementing robotic systems;
  3. Prior experience with robotic manipulation and grasping in unstructured environments;
  4. Experience with machine vision or machine learning targeting manipulation based applications;
  5. Experience with OpenCV;
  6. Experience with ROS;
  7. Experience with "best practices" such as issue tracking, static code checking, and automated testing;
  8. Versatility in other disciplines (Mechanical and Electrical Engineering) or “Maker” experience.

Soft Robotics Inc. is located in the Greater Boston Area; no relocation assistance will be provided. No third-party agents; only direct applicants will be considered.


Soft Robotics Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  Soft Robotics Inc. will not discriminate against job applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information. We are an E-Verify Employer.

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