Sr. Robotics Software Engineer

Sunnyvale, CA

Position Description

About Blue River

We’re Blue River, a team of innovators driven to radically change agriculture by creating intelligent machinery. We empower our customers – farmers - to implement more sustainable solutions: optimize chemical usage, reimagining routine processes, and improving farming yields year after year. We believe that focusing on the small stuff – pixel-by-pixel and plant-by-plant - leads to big gains. By partnering with John Deere, we are innovating computer vision, machine learning, robotics and product management to solve monumental challenges for our customers.

Our people are at the heart of what we do. Through cross-discipline collaboration, this mission-driven and daring team is eager to define the new frontier of agricultural robotics. We are always asking hard questions, rapidly iterating, and getting our boots in the field to figure it out. We won’t give up until we’ve made a tangible and positive impact on agriculture.

Position Summary

As a Software Engineer you will work with your teammates to deliver the first See & Spray product to market. The schedule is aggressive and the agricultural season waits for nothing and nobody (except rain). The system needs to meet the high performance and reliability standards that our customers expect and rely on. We tackle our objectives with cross functional engineering teams consisting of systems and embedded software, mechatronics, computer vision and machine learning engineers. These teams are empowered to figure out how to meet the challenges, plan and prioritize work - managers don’t have all the answers.

As a Senior Software Engineer you will also be responsible to provide guidance and coaching to junior engineers. You will play an active role in the planning process.

The machines that we are working on do real things in the field. Think of tractors as giant robots that you can ride on. Since we are a small company we can offer everyone the opportunity to experience the product live in the field. And we work very closely with our dedicated field engineers as well as our team of agronomists.

Skills that you will need

You will need strong modern C++ skills to contribute to our Linux based (soft) real time system. You are familiar with real life robotics applications that integrate humans, hardware, and software. You have a holistic view of complex distributed systems. You enjoy developing algorithms and leveraging simulations to test them. You are a strong teammate in an agile environment where priorities can change quickly. You are customer obsessed.

As a senior engineer, you enjoy providing guidance and coaching to junior engineers. You are also able to work effectively with Product Management to deliver products to market.

Nice to have technical skills

  • Spatial reasoning
  • Any robotics related skill that is complementary to software engineering, like mechatronics. Do you build robots in your spare time? Do you solder? Learning about AI? Did you build the irrigation system for your vegetable garden?
  • Knowledge of publisher/subscriber based communication (ROS is an example).
  • Bazel
  • CAN
  • Controls
  • Cuda
  • Python

Desired Professional Experience

  • MS or PhD  in a related field
  • 5 years of experience (3 with PhD).

We value a variety of voices. You don’t need to check every box on this list to apply.


Blue River offers competitive compensation and benefits, including a great 401(K) match. We believe in a work life balance and offer generous Paid Time Off and Sick Leave as well as Paid Parental Leave and an adoption benefit. Subsidized lunches, flexible work hours, CalTrain passes (with mobile Wi-Fi!) and a collaborative and supportive environment also contribute to making Blue River a great place to work.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

We support each employee living a full life, enabling a thriving career and accomplishing a meaningful, challenging mission with incredible people.

We have designed our work environment to allow us each to do our work effectively, be our best selves, and be exposed to the unexpected connections and experiences that support creative innovation - all while leaving room for the other things you love.

We have been operating as “mostly remote” during the pandemic. As we transition back to the office, we are introducing our Workplace Flexibility Model. Most roles will be based out of our Sunnyvale office and balance in-office time with flexibility to support other needs you have in your life. This flexibility could be used to reduce the Bay Area commute burden by working from home a couple days a week, support parent or caregiver needs, or allow space for you to do the other things you love, whatever that might be! There are times when achieving great work is more productive when working where you work best. That’s the point of this model...flexibility for you. A few roles will be approved as fully remote. Those are determined by managers and approved by our senior team.

We anticipate following this flexibility model starting mid-July 2021 as we continue to follow local guidelines and protocol around COVID.

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