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The Motiv team is passionate about what we do. We pride ourselves on being a partner for our customers, capable of executing the full spectrum of engineering with rapid response and on-time delivery. We’re searching for equally passionate, creative people to help us create the building blocks of space with our high-quality, innovative robotic systems.

Robotics Software Engineer

Standard Benefits

  • Competitive Base Salary
  • Company Bonus Plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • 401(k) Matching
  • Health Insurance (100% of all premiums for individual and family covered)
  • Paid Holidays and Vacation/Sick Accruals

Job Description

The Robotics Software Engineer is responsible for development of software for space and field robotics applications, troubleshooting and testing software on robotic platforms and building/tailoring robotics software DevOps infrastructure


Classification: At-will; Exempt; Salaried
Reports To: Vice President, Operations
Location: Pasadena, CA
Work Environment: Office/Lab
Citizenship Requirement: Motiv Space Systems, Inc. positions require access to defense articles, equipment, technical information or service that is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be a “U.S. Person” as defined by ITAR, 22 CFR 120.15, 8 USC 1101(a)(20), and 8 USC 1324b(a)(3).
Work Schedule: Standard 40-hour work week (some overtime may be required)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop software for space and field robotics applications (sensing and perception, manipulation and mobility, motion planning and control)
  • Troubleshoot and test software on robotic platforms
  • Build/tailor robotics software DevOps infrastructure
  • Collaborate with Motiv hardware teams to address software needs associated with complex robotic system design, physics-based modeling & simulation, rapid prototyping, testing and demonstration
  • Apply robotics software best practices to develop and deliver production software for Motiv products and customer mission systems

Note, Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, modified or changed at any time at the Company’s discretion. Changes may be made formally, informally either verbally or in writing.

Education, Experience, and Training

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in robotics or related engineering or computer science disciplines with at least 3 years of experience working with physical robotic systems
  • Proficiency in C++ and Python
  • Experience with Linux/Ubuntu and real-time operating systems for electro-mechanical hardware
  • Familiarity and development experience with ROS 2 and associated best practices
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills


Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S. degree in robotics or related engineering or computer science disciplines
  • Familiarity with robot vision/perception, kinematics, dynamics, motion planning and control
  • Practical experience developing software and ROS 2 drivers for robotic manipulators or mobility systems and associated sensors and actuators
  • Prior experience developing flight software for space/planetary missions and/or application software for field robotics applications
  • Experience with middleware, libraries, architectures, simulation tools, and messaging and communications protocols commonly used for robotics
  • Experience spanning embedded software/firmware to high-level software development within open architectures


Motiv Space Systems is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. As we work to build the future of space and space robotics, it is our mission to create an inclusive environment for all employees. Driving pioneering space missions and designing robotic infrastructure require the best talent possible, so we encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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