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We build drones and drone components to make people safer, more informed, and more productive

UAV Software Engineer

$140k – $200k • 0.1% – 0.5%
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Job Description
We’re looking for an experienced software engineer to help develop the flight controller and camera software for our two UAVs, Vesper and Trace, the micro drone we are developing for the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor Program. You will work with a small and highly talented team developing products that will impact national security and have the potential to save lives.

Responsibilities

  • Flight controller development
  • Obstacle avoidance system development
  • Object recognition and tracking capability development
  • Embedded power and processing optimization
  • Video and image pipeline tuning and optimization
  • Communications software development
  • ATAK integration

*Requirements *

  • 5+ years of software development
  • Deep experience with Ubuntu and embedded C++
  • Desired experience with Px4 (preferred), APM, MavSDK and/or Mavlink
  • Computer vision experience, especially monocular obstacle avoidance
  • Systems engineering experience
  • Experience with drones and/or robotics highly preferred
  • Yocto experience highly preferred
  • Snapdragon/ Qualcomm experience preferred
  • ROS experience preferred

What We’re Looking For
We’re looking to carefully build our small and highly capable team with candidates who have a track record of being top performers on prior teams. We are especially interested in your portfolio of projects demonstrating initiative and passion for topics areas relevant to Vantage. These projects should show your ability to push technical limits to achieve extraordinary results with limited time and budget. We will also be interested in your ability to contribute to a culture of passion for excellence, taking bold risks, and doing what it takes to make your projects wildly successful. Please make sure to include anything you believe is relevant to this in your initial contact.

Compensation
You can expect competitive startup salary, generous equity, a satisfying and fast-paced work environment, talented co-workers, and a product you will be proud to be involved with.

About Vantage Robotics
Vantage makes UAVs and UAV components for customers including the US Army, Ford, CNN, FLIR, the US Air Force, and Stanford University. Our first product, Snap, achieved a landmark FAA waiver for commercial flight over people. Our second product, Vesper, was one of five products selected by the Pentagon for use by the federal government. We’re currently making the next generation micro drone for the US Army’s $100M Soldier Borne Sensor Program and a family of modular micro-gimbals as part of the Pentagon’s Blue UAS program. The company won Richard Branson's Extreme Tech Challenge and has been recognized by TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Wired, Quartz, and USA Today, amongst many others. Vantage has been awarded over $10M in R&D contracts over the last two years and raised $11M in venture funding. The company has strong backing from VCs who previously backed Twitter and Zoom, the founder of Insitu, and the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit. We are a team of Stanford engineers, DARPA Grand Challenge winners, IDEO and Volkswagen alums, NASA roboticists, 3D printer designers, and pioneering software developers. We're also ardent kite surfers, mountain bikers, professional rock climbers, competitive dancers, surfers, and award winning pilots. We work to achieve ambitious goals, but also to achieve meaningful lives.

Vantage Robotics at a glance

We build drones and drone components to make people safer, more informed, and more productive

Vantage Robotics focuses on Hardware, Defense, Consumer Electronics, and Drones. Their company has offices in San Leandro. They have a small team that's between 11-50 employees. To date, Vantage Robotics has raised $9M of funding; their latest round was closed on March 2019 at a valuation of $17M.

You can view their website at https://vantagerobotics.com/ or find them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Product Hunt.

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