Job Description

The GTRI Robotic Systems and Technology Branch is looking for graduates in robotics, computer science, computer/electrical/mechanical engineering, or related fields specializing in robotic planning, control, and software development for agile robotics. You will be joining a growing robotics branch and division, and responsibilities may include research into new and innovative algorithms, rapid prototyping, systems integration, and software engineering with a specific focus on agile robotics, manufacturing, mobile manipulation, and operation in unstructured environments. Our branch has an immediate opening for a researcher to perform collaborative research in areas ranging from bio-manufacturing to space habitats and warehouse automation. The common thread that ties all of these efforts together is the ability to robustly implement low-level robotic control and compose these control strategies into complex behaviors. Responsibilities include algorithm development, test, and debug, along with system integration.

We are looking for candidates who are self-motivated, have demonstrated C/C++ programming skills, follow software engineering best practices, and have a strong mathematical foundation and problem-solving skills.

This opportunity is within the Aerospace, Transportation, and Advanced Systems Lab (ATAS). ATAS conducts research for government and industry customers in industrial robotics, medical robotics, unmanned systems, aerodynamics, radar and weapons systems, food processing technology, and modeling of social systems.

Travel Requirements

<10% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field of study.

Research Engineer/Scientist II

  • A Masters degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field of study and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Masters degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field of study and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelors degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field of study.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates currently enrolled in an accredited Bachelors degree program relevant to this position will be considered
  • The position involves the generation of research reports, publications, proposals, and briefs to customers thus requiring excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Hands on experience with state-of-the-art algorithms on autonomous robot manipulators and ground based robotic systems
  • Experience with micro-controllers for general automation projects
  • Strong software skills and experience with C++ are required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with the Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Experience with Python
  • Experience with biological or medical robotic applications
  • Experience with systems integration
  • Experience with real-time embedded software
  • Experience with version control systems such as GIT

Proven research experience in at least one of these areas is desirable:

  • Sensor processing for robotic applications
  • Fluid handling robots
  • Robotic arms and/or grasping
  • Multirobot collaboration
  • Path planning and navigation
  • Behavior-based robotics
  • Optimal control and estimation
  • Robotic task planning

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Ability to obtain Secret Clearance upon hire

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institutes mission of solving the worlds most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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Robotics Engineer - ATAS

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
Smyrna, GA 30080

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