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Research Engineer, Robotics

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Businesses United Technologies Research Center Job ID 01287809 Date posted 01/17/2019 City East Hartford State Connecticut Country United States

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RC1: United Tech Research Center 411 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT, 06108 USA

United Technologies Corporation (UTC; NYSC: UTX) is headquartered in Farmington, CT, just outside of Hartford, CT. We employ over 240,000 talented individuals globally, achieve net sales in excess of $60 billion, and invest $4B each year back into research & development activities. Our aerospace businesses include Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines and Collins Aerospace  – the combination of which make us the largest aerospace company in the world. Our commercial businesses include Otis elevators and escalators and Carrier – a leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire and security systems and building automation controls.

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) was founded by some of the world’s greatest inventors. We helped build the Second Industrial Revolution and brought about a century of urbanization and globalization. Now we need your help to build the next one.

Tech@UTC is the UTC technology organization, comprised of the global engineering function, several focused centers of expertise, our skunkworks organization – United Technologies Advanced Projects (UTAP), and our advanced Research & Development lab – United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, we create smart, sustainable solutions that prove we can do the big things the right way. We put the “T” in UTC.

The United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is the corporate research center of UTC, operating at the leading edge of commercial and military aviation, aerospace systems, climate control, elevator design, and security and fire protection. At UTRC, we create new ideas and opportunities by collaborating across time zones, geographies and cultures. We are a community of high performing inventors, innovators, thinkers, manufacturers, motivators, leaders, problem solvers, dreamers and achievers. We work with universities, external research organizations, and global business units to identify, develop and demonstrate innovative technology solutions, products, services and intelligent systems. We are looking for scientists and engineers who have a passion for innovation and a high tolerance for ambiguity. You must be an independent thinker and self-starter with a demonstrated ability to produce high-quality technical content by collaborating with fellow researchers and product specialists. You will have the opportunity to continuously develop and invent new technologies, products and processes. At UTRC, you’ll be part of an evolving, globally diverse company that’s moving fast to shape the future of technology - one full of career opportunities and the chance to contribute and grow in a variety of ways. We are committed to recruiting and retaining the best and brightest people from the broadest and most diverse talent pool possible, so that we can serve our customers globally. If you have ideas, inspiration and expertise to continue developing products and systems that make the world a better place to live, then we have a great opportunity for you to contribute to our continued legacy of innovation.

The Robotics Group at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of Research Engineer, Robotics. The Robotics Group is part of the Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Department and supports the UTRC mission by developing and transitioning algorithms and techniques in perception, planning for autonomy (mobility, manipulation, and task execution), and human-robot collaboration for intelligent robotic systems of relevance to United Technologies Corporation (UTC). The Robotics Group works with the broader UTRC to bring innovative, emerging, and disruptive technologies in robotics and related areas into UTC manufacturing, service, and inspection operations, and ultimately for use in its products. Applications at UTC focus on aerospace (gas turbine engines and aerospace subsystems, including autonomous capabilities) as well as commercial systems (HVAC/R systems and components, elevator, fire safety, security, and integrated building systems including integration of buildings into the electrical power grid). By combining a fundamental understanding of robot kinematics, dynamics, control, AI, and sensing & perception with advanced tools and techniques for modeling, simulation, human-robot interaction and machine learning, UTRC provides our UTC business unit partners and external customers with world-class robotics solutions.

The primary responsibilities of the robotics research engineer will be to perform cutting-edge research in advanced robot perception, planning, motion control, and/or human-collaborative capabilities to implement and transition these advanced capabilities across the UTC business units. Robotics is a growth area at UTRC and applications to systems across UTC are expected. The robotics research engineer will primarily contribute as a team member enabling new applications of interest to UTC with a focus on applying her/his relevant technical background and skills while also developing new skills within the robotics discipline needed for current and future research and development projects.

Prospective candidates should have prior exposure to and familiarity with robotic or unmanned systems (mobile ground or aerial robots or manipulators and associated sensing and perception subsystems). The candidate should have experience with hands-on hardware and software development for robotic systems. Familiarity with robot vision systems (monocular or stereo vision and lidar) is particularly desired. Some experience with embedded systems and robotics software architectures, frameworks, and tools such as the Robot Operating System and 3-D physics-based robot simulators is preferred. Also desired is research interest in enabling robotic intelligence for safe interaction and collaboration with humans. 

M.S. in robotics, broader engineering disciplines (electrical, mechanical, aerospace, or industrial), or computer science with up to 3 years of experience. 

The candidate must be able to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team focused on innovation and be able to partner with leading worldwide institutions to fulfill organizational objectives. The candidate is expected work effectively with the UTRC program offices and UTC business units, with teams of researchers within the Robotics Group and across the Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Department and across UTRC and UTC, and in support of appropriate government funding agencies to enhance existing programs, support opportunities, and assist in the acquisition of contract awards. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential.

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Location: East Hartford, CT.

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