Robotic Software Engineer - Newbie to Lead

$75,000 - $120,000 yearly
  • KEF Robotics
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Jul 10, 2020
Full time Engineer Robotics


KEF Robotics Inc. is seeking talented Robotic Software Engineers to join our team. We’re a new company (founded December, 2018) on a strong trajectory in a disruptive technology area, and have already attained a number of significant milestones:

We’re looking for smart, bold, driven, humble researchers who bring a great attitude to work and want to help us draft out, build, and polish a great company.  We want the types who dig in to their work and try to solve technical problems, and who are fearless learners and active questioners. We’re working on our first product, and we need your help to get it perfect.

KEF was founded by an experienced and proven R&D team, which arrived at drone autonomy after achieving recognition as the premier spacecraft navigation software development team in the world (The tech we pitched and built was going to land us on the Moon and Saturn’s Enceladus!). We’ve honed an ability to operate efficiently, and know how to get our message out, so you’ll be joining a competent and cohesive team with zero extra baggage.

Our office is different from where you are working now. We limit distractions and offer you a huge amount of freedom. If our engineers need equipment or outside connections to solve a problem, we will get it for them immediately. Our goal is to help you become a world-class expert within three years, and our philosophy is to bring in great talent and let them get to work.

At this early stage we’re offering equity, and we offer big-company benefits where we can: subsidized healthcare for all employees, unlimited vacation (take it), and a generous 401k match. And while we tackle huge technical challenges and demand excellence, working hours are reasonable--we presume that the best talent will seek robust lives outside the office.

Finally, we’re committed to diversity on the ground floor and will take the time to train great talent from unusual backgrounds. We want personality and drive over experience and expertise.

OK, look: it’s taking a lot of words to say “why we are different”, but basically it’s just this: we’re deadly serious about kicking butt, but we’re having a ton of fun while we do it.  Send us a note and tell us why you’d make a great teammate! -

Salary range: $75k-$120k

Health Care: $200/month subsidy per employee

Equity: 1 year cliff, 4 year vest

401k Match: 4X match on first 3% of employee contribution

Company Name

KEF Robotics



  • Develop state-of-the-art autonomous drones capable of flying rapidly through challenging environments
  • Research and implement new approaches within guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) and machine learning (ML) 
  • Optimize algorithms for real-time computation on embedded platforms
  • Field test UAVs in a variety of environments, both indoors and outdoors
  • Improve physics based simulation environments and validate autonomous behavior within simulation

Strongly Recommended Skills:

  • Empathetic and collaborative team player 
  • Proficiency with C++ and Python
  • Experience with robotics state estimation and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithms
  • Experience programming for embedded environments
  • Familiarity with Linux and Linux tools
  • Experience in developing computer vision algorithms


Desired Skills

Bonus Skills:

  • Machine learning and experience programming within a popular ML framework (TensorFlow, PyTorch, etc)
  • Hardware prototyping skills (3D printing, soldering, assembly)
  • GPU programming (CUDA / OpenCL)
  • Familiarity with nonlinear optimization techniques
  • Familiarity with ROS (Robot Operating System)
  • Unreal Engine / Unity experience
  • Julia programming experience
  • Clear, concise technical writing skills

Additional Compensation

Equity (Options ), 401k Matching, $200/month in healthcare subsidy, unlimited vacation

Company Overview

KEF Robotics is a software startup based in Pittsburgh, PA.  We focus on developing technologies to accelerate the deployment of UAV autonomy for applications in defense and aerospace. Co-founded by Kerry Snyder, Eric Amoroso and Fraser Kitchell in 2018, KEF has extensive experience in robotics research and development and commercialization, and finished as the leading team in DRL and Lockheed Martin's AlphaPilot Challenge.


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Date Posted

Jul 10, 2020