Sr Software Engineer, Robotics Software, 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 Ultimate reduces the amount of herbicide used in major growing operations, it lessens 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 design, build, test and harden new features that make See&Spray machines 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.


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. You understand how important good communication is to the job and you believe that an active feedback process is essential to all software development. 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 - or to go out to the field to test your software directly on the sprayer.

As a Senior Engineer, you understand the importance of effective communication. You provide guidance and coaching to junior engineers in the form of concept reviews, code reviews, documentation and open discussion.  Your ideas help us shape the engineering roadmap.


Desired Skills

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

  • 6+ years of Software Engineering experience
  • Experience with complex interconnected systems (from design to debugging)
  • Highly skilled in Linux and C++
  • Experience with unit and integration and end-end testing
  • Desire to work in a product driven environment and ability to carry out prototyping and experimentation.
  • Track record of driving complex software products from conception to customer delivery
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Bonus but not essential Skills

  • A degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience with publisher/subscriber robotics middleware (e.g., performance, logging, adoption of new hardware platforms)
  • Experience working hands on with robotic or sensor based systems.
  • Knowledge of sensor calibration, localization, mapping or controls stacks.
  • An understanding of Coordinate Systems and Kinematics
  • Experience with Bazel
  • Experience with CAN and/or ethernet communication

The US base salary range for this position is $150k - $230k, along with eligibility for Blue River’s bonus and benefit programs.

Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your location during the hiring process.

During the recruitment process, we may identify an alternative role or level which you are more suited to. If your ideal role at Blue River differs from the advertised position, we will provide an updated pay range as soon as possible during the hiring process.

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.


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