Lead Software Engineer - Perception at Apptronik (Austin, TX)

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Apptronik is building robots for the real world to improve human quality of life and to help solve the ever-increasing labor shortage problem. Our team has been building some of the most advanced robots on the planet for years, dating back to the DARPA Robotics Challenge. We apply our expertise across the full robotics stack to some of the most important and impactful problems our society faces, and expect our products and technology to change the world for the better.  We value passion, creativity, and collaboration to help us overcome existing technological barriers in the industry to create truly innovative products. 

Our first product is a general-purpose robot designed to operate in human spaces and with human tools. It is designed to work alongside humans, to walk like humans do, and to dexterously manipulate objects with its hands and upper body. 

We’re looking for a skilled Lead Software Engineer with a good grasp of robotics fundamentals and expertise in deploying perception algorithms on mobile platform. You’ll lead and grow the engineers on our perception team to allow our robots to be aware of their environment and surroundings.  


  • Manage and grow a team of engineers for Perception, SLAM, and ML
  • Develop and deploy computer vision algorithms and software for real world applications on a mobile platform
  • Maintain comprehensive and accurate architecture & design documentation
  • Implement, test, and evaluate various state-of-the-art methods used for object recognition, scene segmentation, and semantic labeling
  • Deliver reliable software through code reviews, continuous integration, and automated testing
  • Analyze performance based on simulation and real-world testing
  • Represent and lead with Apptronik's core values: CHIPC - Curiosity, Humility, Integrity, Passion, Creativity 

Must Have 

  • Masters in Robotics, Computer Science, Software Engineering, or similar, or equivalent 
  • Prior experience as an engineering Lead or Manager
  • Passion for leading and mentoring engineers
  • 7+ years of experience as a Software Engineer writing production-quality C++ code in a Linux development environment
  • Experience implementing and deploying image processing / computer vision algorithms 
  • Hands-on knowledge of data structures and algorithms for point cloud processing and are familiar with ROS/ROS2, OpenCV and PCL
  • Strong theoretical understanding of some significant subset of dynamics, controls, planning, estimation, and linear algebra
  • Experience developing and debugging real-time, multithreaded software systems
  • Rapid, real-world hardware experimentation and troubleshooting abilities
  • Ability to independently research difficult open-ended problems and come to a working solution 
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills

Nice to Have  

  • Experience with development in Linux
  • Experience with complex robotic systems, especially planning and control for dynamic legged robots in unstructured environments
  • Experience deploying perception systems on low SWaP devices
  • Multi-modal perception systems
  • General system-level understanding of robotics with ability to communicate between an interdisciplinary team


  • Creative, curious, analytical, and disciplined     
  • A passion for building things. Fellow tinkerers are encouraged to apply.


  • Competitive base w/ benefits
  • Highly motivating equity incentive package
  • Hybrid work schedule (i.e. work from home in some capacity) 
  • Flexible work hours policy
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 401k plan
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We're based in North Austin near The Domain, a lively, outdoor shopping area full of shops and restaurants.

What are Apptronik Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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