Applied Researcher in AI/Robotics

Cambridge, MA /
MTS - Member of Technical Staff /
About Pickle Robot 
Do you want to get in on the ground floor of a fast growing VC-backed robotic automation company? Join Pickle Robot! We’re a diverse team of 18 full-time employees teaching off-the-shelf robot arms how to pick (get it?), sort, and stack boxes. Our goal is to work alongside people in the very messy world of the warehouse & loading dock, reducing the backbreaking human effort that goes into getting e-commerce orders to your door. 

The AI team at Pickle has the crucial responsibility of improving task-specific KPIs (e.g. grasp success, cycle time) by any means but most excitingly by leveraging real world data from our production robots.  While small today, this team is fast growing.

You will:

    • Develop new techniques and leverage existing ones to enhance our robots’ capabilities.
    • Ship these enhancements to production.
    • Share knowledge and help grow the AI team. 
    • Stay current with the key literature

You should have:

    • Broad familiarity of a variety of methods in both Robotics and AI with deep experience in at least one of these areas:
    • Optimization, Optimal control
    • Motion planning, kinematics
    • Supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement learning methods
    • Contextual Bandit problems
    • Prior experience applying methods from the AI toolbox in a robotics setting, such as grasping/manipulation or autonomous vehicles.
    • Excitement to work on open problems in robotics, where drag and drop from the literature might not always work (but sometimes does!)