Vicarious

51 - 100 Employees
51 - 100 Engineers
$100M+ Funding
Series C

Vicarious aims to transform robotics by creating software with human level performance on real-world manipulation tasks. We are passionate about changing the world with science and software, and we are looking for exceptional people to join us in that mission. You will join a small, tightly knit collective of engineer-scientists committed to solving these problems. Our focus is on building robotic manipulation systems that are beyond the state of the art by integrating perception, concept learning, reasoning, and motor control as we pursue the long term goal of artificial general intelligence.

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Why join us?
  • You get to work on the most challenging problem that humans have ever tried to tackle: creating artificial general intelligence. .

  • At Vicarious every employee has a voice and is able to have a decisive impact on culture and our research.

  • We have enough funding to do long term research without the pressure for short term results found in academia and other industries.

  • You will be surrounded by peers that can help you learn and grow!


Engineering at Vicarious
Engineering team and processes

Our scrum teams are cross-functional groups of engineers, researchers, and roboticists who are each responsible for a core piece of our AI stack. Each team has flexibility to manage their own process, but process generally conforms to a traditional scrum cadence of 2-week sprints with sprint planning, backlog grooming and some form of a stand-up meetings. Scrum teams are lead by a technical product owner who manages the backlog and prioritization in conjunction with the head of product development.

Technical Challenges

Building infrastructure to test and deploy new software on a large fleet of robots.

Constructing data pipelines to transform / analyze massive amounts of sensory data from our fleet of robots.

Projects you might work on
  • You would work on a tool for automating robotics pipelines based on our platform, such that setting up a robot in a new customer's factory can be done by writing a short configuration file.

  • You would be building the backend of our 3D reconstruction system that seamlessly integrates thousands of image frames asynchronously.

  • You would be boosting our existing 2D and 3D vision algorithms and data communication pipelines with GPU processing and massive parallelization.

  • You would develop a benchmarking system that allows us to test, compare and guarantee performance for our motion planning algorithms

Tech stack
Linux
ROS
Python
C
C++
Go
Objective-C

Working at Vicarious

Intellectual curiosity, egolessness, and passion are at the core of our culture. We want to hire people who are just as invested in building AI as they are in building the company that builds the first AI.

Generous Vacation

Our vacation policy is unlimited. We know this seemingly simple policy can actually be a really tricky one. At some companies unlimited vacation means “we don’t have a set policy so you will take as few days as possible.” We can assure you that is not the case here. If you feel like you need time, please take it.

Free Food

All meals are provides in house at Vicarious. Lunch in the star of the show though, and our Chef Bryan whips up something new and amazing every day. The only complain we've gotten is the food is so good, it takes the joy out of eating out!

Gym/Fitness

We have our own small gym and one of our employees is a personal trainer who is happy to meet with any new employee to create a specialized fitness routine. We also have a park right across the street, where we frequently play sports!

Beautiful Office

We have a brand new office set to open in January of 2019. Every inch of it has been customized to our specific needs. If you join soon it will still even have that new office smell!

Pet Friendly

Your furry four legged friend is welcome in the office (dogs only) as long as they can pass the interview. There is just one question: Who's a good boy/girl?

Company Retreats

Once a year (in June) we stop whatever we’re doing and whisk ourselves off to Hawaii for a week. You’re welcome to bring a guest or the whole family. This is not a trip where we do work. Besides a few fun company events, the time is yours to relax and enjoy yourself and spend time with your family and coworkers. If this seems too good to be true, you’re just going to have to take my word for it.

In the fall, we do a three-day company retreat to Tahoe. This is a bit different than our Hawaii getaway. This trip is for Vicarians only and while we still have lots of fun, it is definitely a work excursion. We rent out a mansion (or two) complete with an indoor swimming pool and movie theater and get down to business. It is a great opportunity to work on a different project or to test out some of your crazier ideas or approach a problem in a novel way. When we get back, there will be a chance to show off what new discoveries you’ve made or what you’ve hacked together.

Transportation

Vicarious offers a commuter benefit towards BART and ride-share services. Our office is located just a 2 minute walk from the BART station.

Philanthropic Contributions

In order to more effectively encourage our employees to participate in civic life, Vicarious has adopted civic engagement policy. An additional amount of paid time off—equal to the amount of time we already provide for vacation—is available to our staff to make America a better nation through participation in political life, community building, and other acts of civic service.

Maternal/Paternal Leave

Family is a priority here. Both our co-founders are parents (one slightly more seasoned than the other) and know what a challenge it can be to balance work and family life, especially in those first months. We provide 12 weeks of paid paternity or maternity leave. Take the amount of time that will best help you!

Work from Home

We let out engineers work from home at least one day a week.

Health Insurance

We offer top of the line medical, dental, and vision insurance packages, Employees are all paid for and we cover the majority of your dependents' premiums as well.

Workshops/Conferences

Vicarious will support your attendance to a professional conference each year.

Flexible Hours

The office is busiest between 10 am and 6 pm but hours are flexible. We realize some people to their best work early in the morning or late at night. As long as good work is getting done, we don't care when it happens!

Team Activities

Games of soccer or basketball happen a few times a week, and teams are given a generous social budget to plan fun events throughout the year!

401(k) Contribution

Vicarious has a 401(k) but we don't offer matching at this stage.

Relocation

We offer relocation bonuses if you need to move to work at Vicarious.

Other

Some other benefits include a company phone plan and leadership training and career coaching. Our most popular benefit is house cleaning. Vicarious will reimburse you for two monthly cleanings of your home!


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