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Principal Autonomy Software Engineer

Date: Mar 18, 2023

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts, US

Company: QinetiQ

Who Are We?

We are a world-class team of professionals who deliver next generation technology and products in robotic and autonomous platforms, ground, soldier, and maritime systems in 50+ locations world-wide. Much of our work contributes to innovative research in the fields of sensor science, signal processing, data fusion, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and augmented reality (AR).

QinetiQ Inc.’s dedicated experts in defense, aerospace, security, and related fields all work together to explore new ways of protecting the American Warfighter, Security Forces, and Allies. Being a part of QinetiQ Inc. means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. 

Why Join QinetiQ Inc.?

If you have the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges, then you will experience a unique working environment where innovative teams blend different perspectives, disciplines, and technologies to discover new ways of solving complex problems.  In our diverse and inclusive environment, you can be authentic, feel valued, be respected, and realize your full potential. QinetiQ Inc. will support you with workplace flexibility, a commitment to the health and well-being of you and your family and provide opportunities to work with a purpose. We are committed to supporting your success in both your professional and personal lives.

QinetiQ Inc.Technology Solutions is looking for a highly motivated Principal Autonomy Software Engineer in the fast-paced, high-tech field of robotics. The Principal Autonomy SWE will participate in designing and fielding innovative products for the U.S. Military on a multi-disciplinary team of cutting-edge engineers. The team member will be involved in all aspects of product lifecycle from concept generation to final product fielding.



  • Work in a fast-paced environment, on a leading engineering team to field the next generation robotic systems for the U.S. Military
  • The senior software engineer will be responsible for large-scale problem solving and the advanced implementation of Robot protocols
  • Conduct software requirements reviews, preliminary and critical design reviews, and software acceptance reviews
  • Participate in the development of autonomous behaviors for ground robots
  • Participate in all phases of robotics software development
  • Participate in field data collection and experimentation, analysis, and reporting

Required Qualifications

  • BS / MS / PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field plus 8-10 years’ experience
  • Experience developing C++ applications in a Linux environment
  • Experience working with autonomous systems
  • 3 or more years of experience with ROS or ROS2
  • Strong knowledge and experience with the Software Development Life Cycle
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong attention to detail and quality
  • Flexible, self-started, desire to solve any problem

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience developing autonomous behaviors such as Leader Follower, Follow Me Waypoint Navigation, and GPS-Denied Navigation
  • Localization using sensors such as 3D Lidar, Visual Sensors, EKF, Odometry
  • SLAM
  • Experience working with unmanned ground vehicles



Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain:

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QinetiQ Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All Qualified Applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.