Principal Robotics 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 adventurous 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 Principal Robotics Software Engineer you will have an impact on the team not only through the problems you solve, but through technical leadership and by continuously developing engineering best practices and improving the team around you. You will work with Product teams to design and prioritize solutions that result in a more effective, efficient and easier to use robotic farming device.

Desired Skills

  • 8+ years of Robotics Software Engineering experience and an advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience as a technical lead for projects or on small teams
  • Experience working hands on with robotic, sensor and data driven systems.
  • Experience with at least one of sensor calibration, localization, perception or controls stacks.
  • Experience with Linux, C++, some Python. Experience with a pub/sub middleware solution such as ROS.
  • Experience building end to end testing solution for data driven software including; unit, integration, HIL, and regression testing.
  • Desire to work in a product driven environment and ability to inspire and drive prototyping and experimentation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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.


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