Wayfinder

Project Wayfinder is building scalable, certifiable autonomy systems to power self-piloted aircraft applications throughout Airbus, from small urban air vehicles (aka air taxis) to large commercial airplanes. Our team of experts is driving the maturation of machine learning and other core technologies for autonomous flight; we are creating a reference architecture that includes hardware, software, and a data-driven development process to allow aircraft to perceive and react to their environment. Autonomous flight is transforming the transportation industry - our team is at the heart of this revolution.

Senior Deep Learning Engineer
Santa Clara, CA

As a Senior Deep Learning Engineer, you will report directly to the Director of Engineering of Wayfinder. You will be responsible for the development of vision-based deep learning algorithms that enable autonomous aircraft to analyze, understand, and interact with their environment safely. These perception algorithms are critical to enabling our aircraft to fly without pilots.

Specifically, your responsibilities will include:

  • Designing, training, and tuning state-of-the-art vision-based deep learning algorithms to perceive the environment around autonomous aircraft on the ground and in the air;
  • Driving the efficient implementation of these algorithms for deployment to onboard computer systems;
  • Supporting the data flows that enable the development and testing of deep learning algorithms;
  • Communicating methods and results effectively to the rest of our team;
  • Leveraging your experience to provide technical leadership, mentorship of more junior engineers, and external communications of our work such as papers and talks.

We expect you to have a master’s degree in computer science, robotics, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, computational neuroscience, or a related field and at least 4 years of professional experience related to computer vision applications. We also expect you will have:

  • Strong theoretical and applied knowledge of neural network architectures and computer vision algorithms for scene understanding including object detection, classification, segmentation, depth and motion estimation;
  • Experience developing novel deep learning models with TensorFlow, PyTorch, Caffe, or another common framework;
  • Expertise in Python, Java, or C++;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain currency with the latest developments in your field;
  • Personal drive and intellectual curiosity to do what hasn’t been done before, coupled with an appreciation for overcoming challenges.

Strong preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Real-world experience with mobile autonomous systems such as robots, cars, and UAVs;
  • Familiarity with sensors including cameras, radar, and lidar;
  • Expertise in developing for GPU computation;
  • Experience optimizing trained deep learning models for deployment;
  • Software development experience in a production environment.


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By the way, you might be interested to know that we offer a killer benefits package as well as a flight training benefit, just in case you don’t already have your pilot’s license!

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