Decision-making and motion planning are the primary responsibilities of mobile robots. Taking input from a variety of perception and localization systems, the planner's job is to figure out where the robot is going and how to get there safely. As an intern on this team, you should be passionate about developing planning architectures and working on motion planning algorithms for dynamic environments. We're looking for someone who is pursuing an advanced degree and has had experience or exposure to building real-time motion planning/trajectory generation algorithms for robots in uncertain environments. 

Our Planning & Controls Team has a number of sub-divisions; candidates will be matched with a team that best fits their skill set and interests.

Requirements

  • Currently working towards an M.S., Ph.D. or advanced degree in a relevant engineering program. 
  • Good academic standing
  • Can commit to at least a 12-week internship
  • At least one previous industry internship, co-op, or project completed in a relevant area
  • Ability to relocate to the Bay Area, California for the duration of the internship
  • Interns at Zoox may not use any proprietary information they are working on as part of their thesis, any published work with their university, or to be distributed to anyone outside of Zoox.

Qualifications

  • Advanced proficiency in C++
  • Strong analytical and mathematical skills
  • Experience with motion planning and/or control/decision making under uncertainty
  • Machine Learning algorithms
  • GPU/CUDA computing experience
  • Excited to think about algorithmic edge cases and building a robust, debuggable, and scalable system
  • Understanding of configuration spaces and a variety of planning techniques (A*, D*, RRTs, etc.)
  • Experience with pose estimation, SLAM, numerical optimizers, or probabilistic reasoning
  • Real-world experience with robotic control and sensing systems
Vaccine Mandate

Employees working in this position will be required to have received a single dose of the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine OR have completed the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series. In addition, employees will be required to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine within two months of becoming eligible for the booster vaccine.

Employees will be required to show proof of vaccination status upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment. That offer of employment will be conditioned upon, among other things, an Applicant’s ability to show proof of vaccination status. Please note the Company provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable state, federal, and local laws.

About Zoox

Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.


A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.