Intern - Control Robotics at Starsky Robotics
San Francisco, CA, US
Willingness to learn. Rome was not built in a day and we don't expect our Control Engineers to know it all on their first day. We do however, expect them to be open to learning and feedback. We are looking for candidates with lots of potential that will join Starsky as full time engineers in the future. As such we see internships as proving grounds for long term opportunities.
Moving fast means catching up fast. Our internship usually last about 3 months. This means that you will start in a brand new place and be expected to show what you can do on a really tight schedule. As much as we love developing your skills (we really do!), that means that you will have to catch up pretty fast. It also means that some background experience is needed as it would be really hard to learn control theory, how to code and then solve challenging vehicle problems in 3 months.
Real world problems need real world solutions. We think driverless trucks will soon be driving the roads rather than stuck as a 5 year research problem. That means we prioritize practical solutions over untested theories. At Starsky, what you build will be used soon and not in a far away future
No one has done this before. Plain and simple, you will be part of the first team that solves the autonomy problem for trucks. We believe we have a good solution, but will need to adapt our approach along the way. We are always open to new algorithms and experiments as long as they are safe.
Not sure if you have the skillset?

These are the first things we look for on resumes:

    • Previous experience with vehicle dynamics and control theory. A project in school is fine, experience in the industry is great.
    • Exposure to linear and non linear control techniques such as LQR/LQE/LQG, MPC, Adaptive Control or Robust Control
    • Experience programming in C++. The only way you will be able to deliver is through code. If you can't code, no matter how good are your ideas, they won't be put to test.