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Robotics R&D Resident



Mountain View, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023

Intrinsic is Alphabet’s bet aiming to reimagine the potential of industrial robotics. Our team believes that advances in AI, perception and simulation will redefine what’s possible for industrial robotics in the near future – with software and data at the core.

Our mission is to make industrial robotics intelligent, accessible, and usable for millions more businesses, entrepreneurs, and developers. We are a dynamic team of engineers, roboticists, designers, and technologists who are passionate about unlocking the creative and economic potential of industrial robotics.


Are you passionate about developing cutting edge research with a goal of democratizing robotics and making technology accessible for all? We are seeking highly motivated and talented research residents to join our R&D team and contribute to the advancement of robotics in an exciting resident opportunity.

How your work moves the mission forward

  • Develop and design new robot behaviors and skills for novel use cases, leveraging machine learning and reinforcement learning techniques
  • Participate in creating software interfaces to modern machine learning frameworks that are user-friendly
  • Evaluate the robustness and functionality of robot skills both in simulation and on real robots
  • Participate in the creation of end-to-end robotics applications or the integration of robotic hardware (workcells) in an industrial setting
  • Develop tools and intuitive interfaces for various robot functionalities, such as APIs for authoring, editing, and simulating robot workcells.
  • Contribute towards building: perception and vision algorithms, real-time motion control, multi-step task planning, motion and grasp planning, machine learning for contact-rich tasks, knowledge and scene representation.

Skills you will need to be successful

  • Applicant should be currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program in Robotics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field (PhD students preferred)
  • Strong background in robotics research, with a focus on a specific area such as robot perception, control, planning, machine learning, etc.
  • Proficiency in programming languages commonly used in robotics research, such as C++, Python, ROS or MATLAB
  • Experience in developing algorithms for robotic systems, including perception, control, or planning
  • Practical experience with building and testing robotic systems or prototypes
  • Familiarity with simulation tools used in robotics research
  • Strong publication record or evidence of the ability to contribute to academic publications
  • Ability to tackle complex problems in the field of robotics
  • Capability to work effectively in a collaborative research environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for presenting research findings and collaborating with team members

At Intrinsic, we don't just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact us at: candidate-support@intrinsic.ai.