Senior Software Engineer - Cognitive Platform

Your New Role and Team
Sanctuary AI–a multi award-winning LinkedIn Top Startup company- is looking to hire a Senior Software Engineer. Reporting to the Cognitive Platform Lead, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of our platform's design, architecture, and implementation that power our general-purpose robots. 

The ideal applicants for this position enjoy systems thinking, are eager to learn, and are willing to develop technical skills while gaining valuable industry experience. Ultimately, you'll be a valued part of the team as you learn and adapt to new, complex development environments, own solutions from design and execution through to deployment and support, and innovate best practices that drive continuous improvements in our robotic systems.

Our Success Criteria
  • Gain cutting-edge career experience while automating workflows and processes, managing, optimizing, and securing on-robot, edge computers, and cloud environments.
  • Build, deploy, and monitor operations of the component subsystems, ensuring that all segments work together with high performance and reliability.
  • Write, debug, and maintain robust software for the humanoid robot software stack.
  • Design and implement efficient and reliable communication mechanisms to enable seamless integration between different parts of the system.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to support a fleet of general-purpose robots and ensure smooth deployment and maintenance of the software.
  • Develop and iterate on new functionalities and test through simulation and on-hardware execution.
  • Achieve company-wide visibility as you partner with leaders to ensure smooth deployment and configuration, provide technical support to end users, and structure and keep technical documentation updated.
  • Act as a mentor and provide guidance to team members, fostering their professional growth and development.

  • Your Qualifications & Skills 
  • Over 8 years of software development experience, including practical work in software applications development; technical experience with robotic systems preferred
  • Knowledge of professional engineering practices, including coding standards, code reviews, source management, testing, and continuous integration and deployment
  • Fluency with C++, Python, Java, or equivalent
  • Experience with distributed systems, microservice architecture, and cloud platforms.
  • Proficiency in designing and developing GraphQL and REST APIs
  • Experience with messaging queues and event-driven architectures (e.g. Apache Kafka, RTI DDS)
  • A track record of technical excellence and successful projects under minimal supervision

  • Skills
  • In-depth knowledge of system architecture assessments, integrated design, software, support equipment, installation of subsystems, and experiments to ensure that relevant safety requirements are met
  • Systems engineering, integration, and root cause analysis skills for system issues
  • Strategic thinker with an architectural mindset, adept at balancing short-term and long-term needs
  • Excellent organizational and process documentation skills
  • Ability to design, implement, and test in a fast-paced environment
  • Above all else, a consistently positive attitude and a willingness to do whatever it takes to create robust solutions to complex problems
  • A proponent of personal responsibility for themselves and their teammates
  • Empathetic listener with conflict-resolution capabilities
  • Effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills for engaging both technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Self-motivated and able to solve problems independently
  • Patience, persistence, and attention to detail when resolving issues
  • Mission-driven and passionate about bringing human-like intelligence to machines

  • Working at Sanctuary AI
    Sanctuary AI is an equal opportunity employer; employment with Sanctuary AI is governed based on skills, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any way by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status. In 2023, Sanctuary AI moved into a state-of-the-art office facility and has been recognized by LinkedIn as a Top Startup company.
    Compensation and Benefits
    Sanctuary offers a market-leading compensation package that includes competitive salaries, equity stakes, and a full suite of benefits for permanent employees, encompassing health coverage, paid time off, cutting-edge work facilities, and worksite flexibility by role. Our commitment to fairness ensures that our total compensation consistently surpasses market standards.

    About Sanctuary AI
    Founded in 2018 by Geordie Rose, Olivia Norton, and Ajay Agrawal, Sanctuary AI is a Vancouver, Canada-based company. Sanctuary AI is on a mission to create the world’s first human-like intelligence in general-purpose robots that will help us work more safely, efficiently, and sustainably. And in the not-too-distant future, help us explore, settle, and prosper in outer space.

    Members of the Sanctuary AI team founded D-Wave (a pioneer in the quantum computing industry), Kindred (first use of reinforcement learning in a production robot), and the Creative Destruction Lab (pioneered a revolutionary method for the commercialization of science for the betterment of humankind). The team has experience launching market-defining innovations rooted in previously unsolved and deep scientific problems.

    Recruiting & Employment Agency Notice:
    Recruitment and hiring is conducted internally by Sanctuary AI. We are not seeking or soliciting any new agency partnerships or agreements at this timeAny employment agency or professional recruiter (“Agency”) that provides an unsolicited resume(s) or otherwise presents a prospective job candidate through the Sanctuary AI career site or directly to any Sanctuary AI employee, irrevocably grants to Sanctuary AI the unrestricted right to engage, hire, or contract with that candidate at Sanctuary AI's sole discretion without any compensation to the Agency. We appreciate your interest in working together, and should the need arise our Talent Acquisition team will contact any external firms directly.

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