You will lead a team responsible for the development and delivery of behavior and motion planning software for autonomous vehicles.  This role will require finding the right balance between state-of-the-art algorithms and real-world constraints to develop safe and reliable software.  The Motion Planning team works closely with other teams including Perception, Prediction, Localization, Controls, Drive-by-wire, Systems Engineering and Safety.  If you have a strong background combining experience in motion planning control systems, software development and management of technical teams and are interested in making autonomous vehicles a reality, we are interested in hearing from you!

The Motional Pittsburgh office is located in the new Hazelwood Green development at 4734 Second Avenue, a culmination of the city’s goal of restoring an economic driver to the neighborhood in a thoughtful, inclusive, and sustainable way. With views along the Monongahela river, the Pittsburgh office is in the heart of this new state of the art development.

What you'll do:

  • Lead a Pittsburgh based motion planning team and interact with other autonomous system leads.
  • Oversee development of autonomous driving motion planning systems from design, prototyping, testing, deployment, to production.
  • Provide technical leadership to make consequential decisions.
  • Generate new ideas, provide a vision for the team and our system.
  • Implement/review algorithms and code.
  • Leverage team members’ strengths and direct team resources to optimize our team’s progress.
  • Be a mentor, provide feedback (technical, professional) to team members, and work with project managers to roadmap and execute plans on schedule.
  • Apply practical and rigorous engineering methods.

What you'll bring:

  • Masters or PhD in Robotics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field.
  • 5+ years of experience developing autonomous motion planning systems with at least 3 of those years in a lead role.
  • Strong theoretical knowledge and engineering experience of motion planning in at least two of the following areas:
  • Motion planning under uncertainty
  • Motion planning for interaction with dynamic agents/environment
  • Real-time trajectory planning & optimization
  • Formal methods & behavior specification
  • Familiarity with robotics algorithms in localization, perception, motion planning, and controls for autonomous systems
  • Familiarity with Linux and modern C++ (i.e. C++11, C++14, C++17)  software development process
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and management skills.
Motional is making driverless vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality.
Our team is commercializing a world-class driverless system. The Motional team is behind some of the industry’s largest leaps forward in the last decade, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world’s first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world’s most-established public robotaxi fleet. Strategically formed by Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives.
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