ROS Software Engineer

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract | Recruiter: Steve Merriman | Phone: 603.637.4084

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Job Title: ROS Software Engineer

Location: Lexington, MA

Duration: 36 Months and 40 hours per week

*Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements to obtain a Security Clearance for access to classified information. An Active Secret Clearance without incident is desired.


Our client’s Control and Autonomous Systems Engineering Group develops software and algorithms enabling unmanned air, ground, and maritime vehicles to operate in complex environments with reduced levels of human control and supervision. The Group is in need of an Engineer to design, develop, test, and integrate software modules and algorithms for autonomous ground vehicles.           

Position Scope/Job Functions

-- Domains: Autonomous systems; autonomous vehicles; artificial intelligence; autonomy; software development; software engineering; robotic perception and planning; Robot Operating System (ROS); embedded systems; self-driving cars.

-- Own the development of ROS-based software modules that provide core autonomy capabilities for unmanned robotic ground vehicles. Write well-crafted, well-tested, and maintainable code.

-- Analyze, document, and upgrade existing software modules to use the ROS2 software framework

-- Leverage software engineering best practices to ensure code quality, such as creating units tests, participating in design and code reviews, and producing effective documentation.

-- Work with roboticists and other stakeholders to build user stories, communicate progress and issues with the team, and coordinate integration activities.

-- Integrate software modules within a large autonomy software library, create and execute integration-level tests in simulation, and support field testing on robotic hardware.


Skills: Required

-- Extensive programming experience in C++ or Python with a focus on embedded or systems applications in a Linux environment.

-- Experience with the Robot Operating System (ROS) software framework and build system (catkin). In lieu of ROS experience, experience with the design and implementation of production-quality modular reusable software components using other publish / subscribe interface frameworks.

-- Experience comprehending, using, and modifying large-scale software libraries and frameworks.

-- In-depth experience with the application of software engineering best practices, such as writing testable code, creating unit tests, performing static code analysis, conducting code reviews, and producing design documentation.

-- Knowledge of agile development practices and tools used for bug reporting, configuration management, and coordination across distributed teams.

-- Ability to effectively communicate the elements and attributes of a design, approach, or decision at a high-level in written, verbal, and presentation formats.

-- Ability to work effectively in a collaborative small-team environment.

-- Software skills (required): Git, C++ or Python


Skills: Preferred

-- Expertise with the Robot Operating System (ROS) and ROS Version 2 (ROS2) software frameworks and build systems (catkin, ament, colcon).

-- Experience with the Data Distribution Service (DDS) middleware. Knowledge of DDS security features.

-- Experience with visual or physics-based software simulation systems, such as Gazebo, Unity3D, AirSim, or OpenAI Gym.

-- Knowledge of autonomy, machine learning, and computer vision algorithms, data structures, and sensor data commonly used in autonomous vehicles. Examples include occupancy grid maps, Extended Kalman Filters (EKF), rapidly-exploring random tree (RRT).

-- Demonstrated ability to build, test, and deliver robust autonomous vehicle software capabilities in complex real-world environments.

-- Experience with real-time computing, GPU-based computing (e.g. CUDA), or deep learning (e.g. TensorFlow).

-- Software skills (preferred): C++ and Python, ROS, ROS2, CMake, gcc


Education/Professional Certifications

PhD plus 5 years minimum experience, or MS plus 8 years minimum experience.


POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. An essential function of this job is physical attendance. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer which includes providing equal employment opportunity for all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Our client, one of the most prestigious Research and Development Labs in the country, is working on solutions to our nation's most complex defense and commercial related challenges. We have placed hundreds of talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

The mission is critical and the work is as cutting-edge as it is rewarding. The teams are superbly managed groups of world class engineers from all types of interesting and diverse backgrounds - AND THEY ARE HIRING! 

Make this your next career move as one of our many long-term contractors or employees!

Work as our full-time employee with full benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, PTO, Retirement, etc.)  - OR - work as a W2 hourly contractor at a higher pay rate if you don't need the benefit package.


Founded in 1999, Digital Prospectors is an award-winning recruiting and consulting firm that specializes in placing contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire engineers into rewarding opportunities with our impressive and ever-growing client base. We believe that all people should love their jobs.

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