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SR Control Engineer: Perception Integration / State Estimation

Software and Controls | Austin, TX | Full Time

Job Description

Robotics Control Engineer: Perception Integration / State Estimation 

(Senior Level)  


Austin based Apptronik ( is developing world class robotics technologies including agile humanoids and high-performance exoskeletons.  A spin-out from the Human Centered Robotics lab of UT Austin, Apptronik is dedicated to developing the robots of tomorrow that will work alongside humans and improve our quality of life. 


Our culture emphasizes collaboration, creativity, and curiosity to help us overcome existing technological barriers in the industry to create truly innovative technologies. We are growing quickly with a vision to build and deliver products to the world with a continuous emphasis on research and development to push the technological edge.  


Candidate Description and Job Role: 

Specifically, we seek an experienced Robotics Control Engineer with proven hands-on capabilities and a strong theoretical background. We are primarily interested in candidates with prior robotics hardware implementation experience. In this role, you will create high-level planning and control algorithms, implement them in software simulation, and bring them to life on a robot platform. You will work as part of a team focused on developing a dynamic humanoid robot robust to unstructured environments and able to perform useful tasks. 


Minimum education / experience: Robotics related degree and work experience, including Computer Science, Robotics / Electrical / Mechanical / Aerospace / Software Engineering, Physics, Applied Math, or similar. General experience target breakdown could be:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years relevant industry experience

  • Master's degree and 2+ years relevant industry experience 

  • PhD in robotics related research

  • These are soft constraints. Proven abilities, experience, and potential matter. 


Must have: 

  • Experience developing and implementing advanced robot control algorithms such as:

    • Whole Body Control / inverse dynamics

    • Model Predictive Control / dynamics-based trajectory optimization

    • State Estimation / sensor fusion

    • Perception-based path planning and collision avoidance

    • Reinforcement Learning for dynamic systems

  • High software engineering proficiency writing high quality C++ in a Linux development environment

  • 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 complex robotic systems, especially planning and control for dynamic legged robots in unstructured environments

  • Experience with modelling dynamic systems, system identification, and optimization solvers

  • Familiarity with mechanical design and actuators

  • Experience with embedded systems and firmware development 

  • Familiarity with RTPreempt and Linux kernel configuration  

  • Experience with EtherCAT 

  • General system-level understanding of robotics with ability to communicate between an interdisciplinary team



  • Exceptional attention to detail and engineering discipline 

  • Creative, curious, analytical, and disciplined 

  • Capable of multi-tasking and managing multiple deadlines

  • Open to learning skills outside of your area of expertise as needed

  • Willing to take calculated risks to push the boundaries of cutting-edge technology

  • Great team player able to communicate effectively and perform within an interdisciplinary and dynamic start-up environment 


Compensation & Work Environment   

  • Competitive base w/ benefits 

  • Equity incentive package 

  • Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO) 

  • Flexible work hours policy 

  • Professional development opportunities 


Start date: Immediate 

Location: Austin, TX 

We are an equal opportunity employer and believe in the power of a diverse, inclusive team. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.