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Director of Robotics Research

Company: Autodesk, Inc.
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Job Description:

The work we do at Autodesk gets to touch nearly every person on the planet. By creating software tools for making buildings, machines, and even the latest movie, we get to influence and empower some of the most creative people in the world to solve problems that matter. The Autodesk Robotics Lab publishes research in highly selective conferences and journals, builds prototypes that receive s coverage in highly regarded media outlets, and regularly files patents. R esearch scientists in the lab apply 3D design tools, machine learning, and emerging technologies to build world-changing solutions that were never before possible with robots . We are looking for a recognized expert in the field of robotics to lead research , and to direct the vision for robotics at Autodesk . You will lead a team of machine learning, sensing, digital fabrication and motion control scientists exploring what's important and interesting to the future of robotics. We work closely with other research teams - such as the Autodesk Artificial Intelligence Lab, the G enerative D esign scientists , and the Autodesk Technology Centers - to prototype and validate new methods of automation. Our lab is housed in the Autodesk T echnology C enter in San Francisco with access to rapid prototyping and manufacturing equipment . The lab also has software engineer ing staff to help mature research projects from simple concepts to robust prototype s . You will define the vision of robotics research at Autodesk , manag e a team of scientists and engineers , guid e software development of research-related robot tools , and actively collaborat e with experts in the field . T hrough guest speaking , co-authoring, and media interviews you'll connect the Robotic s Lab's research to Autodesk's product teams, to the academic community, and to the manufacturing and construction industries . You'll lead Autodesk's technical strategy for robotics and identify potential business opportunities, including acquisition targets. As an experienced research leader and expert in robotics you will be a driving force in the future of the field . Responsibilities Be a technology leader ; consult on robotics functionality in product development plans Build relationships with other research groups and business leaders Create and identify patent-worthy technology and participate in the patent application process Recruit, interview and onboard new talent to the robotics lab Evaluate acquisition and partnership opportunities for Autodesk in the space of robotics Minimum Qualifications PhD in Robotics, Engineering, Computer Science, or related field Minimum 5 years leading robotics research Practical experience developing software and/or hardware for r obots Curiosity, flexibility, and comfort with ambiguity Preferred Qualifications-- Broad knowledge of planning and management techniques for scientific research Track record of leading research papers in the field of robotics and automation Expertise in modern robotics control methods , sensors, and machine learning approaches to perception and control Experience leading technical development projects for research hardware and software-- Passionate about engaging with research peers and industry experts to explore novel use cases for robotics Ability to clearly document and present your perspective on the technical opportunities and challenges facing the field of robotics today, and in the future Exceptional communication skills ; ability to effectively communicate technical topics to a broad audience, including the media The Ideal Candidate Continually learning about and experimenting with new technologies Demonstrated experience as a thought-leader and technology driver in robotics Relentlessly curious; daringly seeks new ways to solve hard robotics problems Motivated by the promise of technology being an enabler for positive change At Autodesk, we're building a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture to give more people the chance to imagine, design, and make a better world. Autodesk is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. We also consider for employment all qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable law. Are you an existing contractor or consultant with Autodesk? Please search for open jobs and apply internally (not on this external site). If you have any questions or require support, contact Autodesk Careers . Full time 21WD46253 About Us With Autodesk software, you have the power to Make Anything. The future of making is here, bringing with it radical changes in the way things are designed, made, and used. It's disrupting every industry: architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and media and entertainment. With the right knowledge and tools, this disruption is your opportunity. Our software is used by everyone - from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists. We constantly explore new ways to integrate all dimensions of diversity across our employees, customers, partners, and communities. Our ultimate goal is to expand opportunities for anyone to imagine, design, and make a better world.

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