Senior Research Engineer, Localization and Mapping

Palo Alto, CA
Gatik is a team of AV researchers and engineers with domain expertise in AI, robotics and computer vision. Founded by graduates and former researchers from Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, we are building new concepts & groundbreaking solutions for autonomous vehicles.

We aim to power the next generation of self-driving commercial fleet for urban logistics. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast moving execution-oriented team. If you’re a software engineer or a researcher who’s curious and passionate about Level 4 autonomous driving, we'd like to meet you.


    • Develop map reconstruction algorithms with an emphasis on 3D reconstruction using lidars, cameras, GPS, or IMU
    • Implement the prototype localization algorithms in autonomous vehicles for on­road and simulation tests
    • Develop methods to detect when map updates are required and manage map changes for a variety of downstream functions
    • Non-linear batch optimization on big data


    • Master's or Ph.D. degree in CS or related field
    • Excellent software development skills in C/C++ and/or Python
    • Minimum of 3 years industry work experience
    • Experience working on the full stack of a robotics system
    • Experience with pose estimation, nonlinear optimization, probabilistic filtering, and 3D data
    • Proven system integration and software architecture skills
    • Experience with distributed frameworks (MapReduce, Spark)

Bonus Points

    • Knowledge of SLAM, point cloud registration, GNSS/INS
    • Experience with Docker
    • Knowledge and experience working with IMU, GPS, lidars, radars, and camera sensor data
    • 5+ years industry work experience
    • Familiarity with distributed processing of large-scale data
    • Publications in your field (especially CVPR, ICCV, RSS, ICRA)


    • Competitive salaries, generous equity, and benefits including 401K, medical, dental & vision
    • Regularly scheduled on and off-site team building activities
    • Free catered lunches, snacks, and drinks
    • Start-up environment where you’ll help shape the culture and have a huge impact
    • Work on innovative products and challenging problems with some amazingly talented (and fun) people
    • Be at ground zero of the AV revolution!