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Sr. Software Engineer, See & Spray


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

See and Spray is an automated technology that reduces the amount of herbicide used in major growing operations, it reduces chemical run-off into waterways and improves our global climate situation.  John Deere's agricultural sprayers (think big tractor) will leverage AI and Software built by the team you'll be joining. Working hand in hand with John Deere, the world's largest farming equipment manufacturer, means you’ll impact the process of farmers across the globe. Come help us turn rivers blue!

As a member of the Robotics Software team you’ll build, test and harden features that make our automated farming devices more accurate, efficient, faster and reliable. You’ll work on a team that has a healthy mix of production development and R&D, often transitioning between these types of projects. The team you’ll be joining consists of experienced Roboticists and Software engineers. We work alongside agronomists, systems and embedded software, mechatronics, computer vision and machine learning engineers.

As a Senior Software Engineer you will have the opportunity to grow the team around you, providing technical expertise and coaching when needed. At Blue River we value Engineer Autonomy, meaning you will play an active role in the planning process. Presenting new concepts and collaborating with your teammates to hammer our implementation details and prioritize.

Skills that you have or are willing to learn

You embrace software engineering best practices such as investing in test infrastructure, building simple and clear APIs, and you understand how important good communication is to the job. You are focused on creating an awesome customer experience. You have a holistic view of complex distributed systems. You’re not afraid to employ or learn a bit of linear algebra or statistics to get the job done.

As a Senior Engineer, you understand the importance of effective communication. You provide guidance and coaching to junior engineers in the form of code reviews, documentation and open discussion. You enjoy working in a team oriented environment; working alongside.

We'd like you to have:

  • 6+ years of Software Engineering experience and a degree in a STEM field.
  • Experience with C++, some Python
  • Experience with unit, integration and data driven regression testing
  • Desire to work in a product driven environment and ability to carry out prototyping and experimentation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Its a bonus if you have one or more of:

  • Experience working hands on with robotic or sensor based systems.
  • Knowledge of sensor calibration, localization, mapping or controls stacks.
  • Knowledge of publisher/subscriber based communication (like ROS).
  • An understanding of Coordinate Systems and Kinematics
  • Experience with Cuda

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

Benefits

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.

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