Software Engineer - Motion Planning

Menlo Park, CA
Engineering – Software

Decision making and motion planning are the primary responsibilities of mobile robots. Taking input from a variety of perception and localization systems, the planner's job is to figure out where the robot is going and how to get there safely. You should be passionate about developing planning architectures and working on motion planning algorithms for dynamic environments. We're looking for an engineer with an advanced degree and experience building real-time motion planning / trajectory generation algorithms for robots in uncertain environments. 


    • Masters degree in computer science or related field
    • Fluency in C / C++
    • Understanding of configuration spaces and a variety of planning techniques (A*, D*, RRTs, etc.)
    • Demonstrated ability to create realtime motion planning algorithms
    • Extensive experience with programming and algorithm design
    • Strong mathematics and geometrical skills


    • Significant contributions to geometric- and/or sampling-based planning algorithms
    • Experience with autonomous robots
    • Knowledge of compute vision techniques and machine learning
    • Experience with pose estimation, SLAM, probabilistic filtering, and 3D data
    • Solid understanding of ROS


Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of artificial intelligence, robotics, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.

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