Careers at Vicarious

Our long term goal is to build machines that exceed human intelligence. We do fundamental scientific research into the nature of intelligence, seeking real breakthroughs rather than just incremental improvements. We are passionate about changing the world and are looking for exceptional people to join us in that mission.

Vicarious is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We’re committed to fair hiring practices and a welcoming working environment. All candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual identity or expression, medical condition, or socioeconomic status. We value our differences and we’re excited to learn what you can add to our team.

Our open positions

Computer Vision Researcher

    • Research
    • Full-time

About this position

Vicarious aims to transform robotics by creating robots 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. Here you will join a small, tightly knit collective of engineer scientists committed to solving long-term problems.  Our focus is the systematic integration of perception, concept learning, reasoning, and motor control, used to build robotic manipulation systems. As a member of the robotics group at Vicarious, you will play a critical role in our efforts to use our technology to push the state of the art on robotic manipulation.

This will include

  • Understanding the algorithms we’ve developed on the vision/learning side and bringing your experience and intuitions to bear on how best to apply them to manipulation tasks.
  • Solving the computer vision-specific research and engineering problems that arise, in areas such as object class detection, pose estimation, visual tracking, 3D scene understanding, and 3D reconstruction.
  • Developing and maintaining the software stack on the robotic platform.
  • Building integrated solutions that apply our technology towards specific product verticals.

Desired skills and experience

  • Masters or Ph.D. in a computer vision-related discipline (or equivalent professional experience), preferably in one of the following areas:
    • object class and instance detection, pose estimation, and visual tracking
    • fine-grained image categorization
    • 3D scene understanding and recognition from RGB-D imagery
    • 3D reconstruction, structure-from-motion, or multi-view stereo
  • Strong publication record and/or industry experience in the above-mentioned areas.
  • Interest/background in algorithms with human-like abilities such as learning from small amounts of data and tight sensorimotor feedback.
  • Strong C++ and/or Python skills. Experience developing with OpenCV, TensorFlow, and PCL.

Desired personal qualities

  • Integrity
  • Ability to admit when wrong
  • Altruism
  • Fearlessness working outside your comfort zone
  • Patience with others
  • Described by others as the best researcher / engineer / thinker they know
  • Intellectual breadth
  • Sense of humor

Benefits

  • Work on the most important problems in the field with a team who will challenge and support you.
  • We have flexible hours and a family-friendly culture. Building the first intelligent machines is our life’s work, and we emphasize sustainability over crunch. Our board member and investor Dustin Moskovitz recently wrote an article that captures how we relate to our work.
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as short and long term disability. We pay 100% of employee premiums and 50% of dependent premiums.
  • Flexible paid parental leave.
  • Healthy, organic breakfast and lunch every day.
  • Company wireless plan. Never pay a mobile phone bill again.
  • Get to work easily! Our office is 60 seconds from BART and public transportation, and adjacent to a beautiful park. If you use BART to get to work, we subsidize the cost of tickets.
  • We have fun workday activities like soccer, volleyball, board games, or journal club.
  • Certified personal trainer who will design an exercise program that suits your fitness level and help you meet your goals.
  • Executive and one-on-one coaching for everyone. Select between different coaches, depending on what types of skills you want to develop.
  • Once a year, we take the entire company (including +1s and kids) on a vacation. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.
  • We are standing with Fauna and other startups in offering a new policy for civic engagement.
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Researcher

    • Research
    • Full-time

About this position

Our long term goal is to build machines that exceed human intelligence. We are passionate about changing the world with science and software, and we are looking for exceptional people to join us in that mission. Vicarious is working on solving the problems that will take us from the current state of the art to human-level AGI. We work on all components of the AI problem, including perception, concept learning, reasoning, and sensory motor systems, and beyond. Our underlying framework is a probabilistic graphical model that is inspired by the structure of the neocortex. You will join a small, tightly knit collective of extraordinary engineer scientists. Everyone works on our full stack, from algorithms to low level optimizations to GUI code and back.

As part of our team, you will…

  • put your algorithm and math skills to work in solving the hardest problems in learning and inference in hierarchical models.
  • make decisions about how to translate complex ideas to working solutions while keeping a keen eye for computation/accuracy/memory tradeoffs.
  • design controlled experiments to show particular performance aspects of the systems and large scale experiments to show statistical robustness.
  • write infrastructure software to scale our systems and data visualization routines to understand what is happening inside.
  • document your inventions for patents and publications.
  • keep yourself updated with advances in the field of machine learning and neuroscience.
  • The craftsmanship of building elegant algorithms and tight implementations are part of our company DNA. We work hard to maintain a codebase and a culture that are a joy to work in.

Desired skills and experience

  • Preferred PhD or Masters in CS/EE or a related discipline or Masters in CS/EE with relevant research experience. We also consider exceptional applicants with other backgrounds.
  • Experience building hierarchical vision systems and publishing relevant papers in CVPR/NIPS/ICML is a big plus.
  • Extensive programming skills, ideally in Python and C, and a track record of translating ideas into prototypes quickly.
  • Solid fundamentals in linear algebra, probability theory, signal processing, and optimization.
  • Experience developing and testing ideas in a large scale setting.
  • Experience with belief propagation and approximation methods.
  • Knowledge of biologically inspired models of vision.
  • Interest in neuroscience a plus.
  • Experience working in an interpreted environment like MATLAB or Mathematica also a plus.

Desired personal qualities

  • Integrity
  • Altruism
  • Intellectual breadth
  • Interest in reviewing literature and implementing ideas in areas outside comfort zone
  • Ability to admit when wrong
  • Ability to work in a diverse team
  • Sense of humor

Benefits

  • Work on the most important problems in the field with a team who will challenge and support you.
  • We have flexible hours and a family-friendly culture. Building the first intelligent machines is our life’s work, and we emphasize sustainability over crunch. Our board member and investor Dustin Moskovitz recently wrote an article that captures how we relate to our work.
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as short and long term disability. We pay 100% of employee premiums and 50% of dependent premiums.
  • Flexible paid parental leave.
  • Healthy, organic breakfast and lunch every day.
  • Company wireless plan. Never pay a mobile phone bill again.
  • Get to work easily! Our office is 60 seconds from BART and public transportation, and adjacent to a beautiful park. If you use BART to get to work, we subsidize the cost of tickets.
  • We have fun workday activities like soccer, volleyball, board games, or journal club.
  • Certified personal trainer who will design an exercise program that suits your fitness level and help you meet your goals.
  • Executive and one-on-one coaching for everyone. Select between different coaches, depending on what types of skills you want to develop.
  • Once a year, we take the entire company (including +1s and kids) on a vacation. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.
  • We are standing with Fauna and other startups in offering a new policy for civic engagement.
Apply for this position

Research Engineer

    • Engineering
    • Full-time

About this position

Our goal is to build a system that achieves human-level intelligence in the domains of vision, language and motor control. We are currently focused on visual perception problems such as recognition, segmentation and scene parsing. We are not building neural networks. You can learn more about our strategy here.
As a research engineer at Vicarious you will quickly come up to speed on recent advancements in machine learning, image processing and computer vision. You will apply this knowledge to improve the computational performance and accuracy of learning and inference algorithms used for vision tasks in a large variety of training environments. Working with other members of the team you will be driving a dense Python and C++ codebase that is pushing the state-of-the-art in AI forward.

As part of our team, you will…

  • Develop and refine demonstrations of new research.
  • Optimize and scale implementations of researched algorithms.
  • Follow lead of Researchers and assist with development.
  • Refine the output of the research department into reusable pieces where appropriate.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Preferred Masters or BS in CS/EE or a related discipline. We also consider exceptional applicants with other backgrounds.
  • Extensive programming skills, ideally in Python and C, and a track record of translating ideas into prototypes quickly.
  • Solid fundamentals in algorithms, math, and probability theory.
  • Experience developing and testing ideas in a large scale setting.
  • Experience with belief propagation and approximation methods.
  • Experience with OpenGL a plus.

Desired Personal Qualities

  • Integrity
  • Altruism
  • Intellectual breadth
  • Interest in reviewing literature and implementing ideas in areas outside comfort zone
  • Ability to admit when wrong
  • Ability to work in a diverse team
  • Sense of humor

Benefits

  • Work on the most important problems in the field with a team who will challenge and support you.
  • We have flexible hours and a family-friendly culture. Building the first intelligent machines is our life’s work, and we emphasize sustainability over crunch. Our board member and investor Dustin Moskovitz recently wrote an article that captures how we relate to our work.
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as short and long term disability. We pay 100% of employee premiums and 50% of dependent premiums.
  • Flexible paid parental leave.
  • Healthy, organic breakfast and lunch every day.
  • Company wireless plan. Never pay a mobile phone bill again.
  • Get to work easily! Our office is 60 seconds from BART and public transportation, and adjacent to a beautiful park. If you use BART to get to work, we subsidize the cost of tickets.
  • We have fun workday activities like soccer, volleyball, board games, or journal club.
  • Certified personal trainer who will design an exercise program that suits your fitness level and help you meet your goals.
  • Executive and one-on-one coaching for everyone. Select between different coaches, depending on what types of skills you want to develop.
  • Once a year, we take the entire company (including +1s and kids) on a vacation. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.
  • We are standing with Fauna and other startups in offering a new policy for civic engagement.
Apply for this position

Roboticist

    • Research
    • Full-Time
    • San Francisco Bay Area

About this position

Vicarious aims to transform robotics by creating robots 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. Here you will join a small, tightly knit collective of engineer scientists committed to solving long-term problems. Our focus is the systematic integration of perception, concept learning, reasoning, and motor control, used to build robotic manipulation systems. As a member of the robotics group at Vicarious, you will play a critical role in our efforts to use our technology to push the state of the art on robotic manipulation.

As part of our team, you will…

  • Understand the algorithms we’ve developed on the vision/learning side and bring your experience and intuitions to bear on how to best apply them to manipulation tasks.
  • Solve the robotocis-specific research and engineering problems that arise, in areas such as grasp planning, manipulation, motion planning, control, haptic sensing, and reinforcement learning.
  • Develop and maintain the software stack on the robotics platform.
  • Build integrated solutions that apply our technology toward specific product verticals.

Desired skills and experience

  • Masters or PhD in a robotics-related discipline (or equivalent professional experience).
  • Strong publication record and/or industry experience in grasping, manipulation, haptic sensing, and motion planning/control.
  • Experience getting robots to go, especially those with arms, and deploying them in the real world.
  • Interest/background in algorithms with human-like abilities such as learning from small amounts of data and tight sensorimotor feedback.
  • Strong C++ and/or Python skills.
  • Experience developing with ROS and related software such as Movelt! and PCL.
  • Experience with simulation platforms such as Gazebo, Mujoco, and OpenRave.

Desired personal qualities

  • Integrity
  • Ability to admit when wrong
  • Altruism
  • Fearlessness working outside your comfort zone
  • Patience with others
  • Described by others as the best researcher/engineer/thinker they know
  • Intellectual breadth
  • Sense of humor

Benefits

  • Work on the most important problems in the field with a team who will challenge and support you.
  • We have flexible hours and a family-friendly culture. Building the first intelligent machines is our life’s work, and we emphasize sustainability over crunch. Our board member and investor Dustin Moskovitz recently wrote an article that captures how we relate to our work.
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as short and long term disability. We pay 100% of employee premiums and 50% of dependent premiums.
  • Flexible paid parental leave.
  • Healthy, organic breakfast and lunch every day.
  • Company wireless plan. Never pay a mobile phone bill again.
  • Get to work easily! Our office is 60 seconds from BART and public transportation, and adjacent to a beautiful park. If you use BART to get to work, we subsidize the cost of tickets.
  • We have fun workday activities like soccer, volleyball, board games, or journal club.
  • Certified personal trainer who will design an exercise program that suits your fitness level and help you meet your goals.
  • Executive and one-on-one coaching for everyone. Select between different coaches, depending on what types of skills you want to develop.
  • Once a year, we take the entire company (including +1s and kids) on a vacation. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.
  • We are standing with Fauna and other startups in offering a new policy for civic engagement.
Apply for this position

Hardware Prototyping Engineer

    • Research
    • Full-time
    • San Francisco Bay Area

About this position

Vicarious aims to transform robotics by creating robots 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. Here you will join a small, tightly knit collective of engineer scientists committed to solving long-term problems. Our focus is the systematic integration of perception, concept learning, reasoning, and motor control, used to build robotic manipulation systems. As a hardware/prototyping engineer at Vicarious, you will play a critical role in our efforts to design innovative solutions to these problems.

As part of our team, you will…

  • Solve real-world robotics-specific engineering problems that arise by providing hardware solutions.
  • Build interfaces to and experiment with the various arms, grippers, and sensors that we work with.
  • Maintain and develop the hardware prototyping team.
  • Help build awesome demos and integrated systems that achieve state-of-the-art performance on robotics problems.

Desired skills and experience

  • Masters in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineer, or Electrical Engineering (or equivalent professional experience).
  • Experience working with robots and sensors.
  • Background in electronics and/or mechanical engineering.
  • Experience with 3D printing, prototyping, and hardware development, e.g. end-effector design.
  • Experience writing drivers for existing and custom designed hardware.
  • Knowledge of C++ and/or Python.
  • Experience developing with ROS and related software.

Desired personal qualities

  • Integrity
  • Ability to admit when wrong
  • Altruism
  • Fearlessness working outside your comfort zone
  • Patience with others
  • Fast worker
  • Described by others as the best researcher/engineer/thinker they know
  • Intellectual breadth
  • Sense of humor

Benefits

  • Work on the most important problems in the field with a team who will challenge and support you.
  • We have flexible hours and a family-friendly culture. Building the first intelligent machines is our life’s work, and we emphasize sustainability over crunch. Our board member and investor Dustin Moskovitz recently wrote an article that captures how we relate to our work.
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as short and long term disability. We pay 100% of employee premiums and 50% of dependent premiums.
  • Flexible paid parental leave.
  • Healthy, organic breakfast and lunch every day.
  • Company wireless plan. Never pay a mobile phone bill again.
  • Get to work easily! Our office is 60 seconds from BART and public transportation, and adjacent to a beautiful park. If you use BART to get to work, we subsidize the cost of tickets.
  • We have fun workday activities like soccer, volleyball, board games, or journal club.
  • Certified personal trainer who will design an exercise program that suits your fitness level and help you meet your goals.
  • Executive and one-on-one coaching for everyone. Select between different coaches, depending on what types of skills you want to develop.
  • Once a year, we take the entire company (including +1s and kids) on a vacation. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.
  • We are standing with Fauna and other startups in offering a new policy for civic engagement.
Apply for this position

Graphics Developer

    • Research
    • Full-time
    • San Francisco Bay Area

About this position

Our goal is to build a system that achieves human-level intelligence in the domains of vision, language, and motor control, by drawing inductive biases from neuroscience.

As a visualization scientist at Vicarious you will work hand-in-hand with leading researchers to bring their cutting-edge algorithms to life. Through designing and implementing visualizations of our algorithms, you will help the team at Vicarious and the broader outside world get a better understanding of the discoveries we’ve made.

As part of our team, you will

  • Build virtual environments on which to train our agents.
  • Assess and import public 3D model datasets for internal use.
  • Build infrastructure in which graphical and physical data can be systematically generated and visualized.
  • Work closely with researchers and engineers to design training data for vision tasks and robotics tasks.
  • In context of graphics rendering for AI training, communicate possibilities and constraints to other researchers and engineers.
  • Design and explore effective methods for data augmentation.

Desired skills and experience

  •  Excellent knowledge OpenGL and Python at least 3+ years of experience.
  • Strong knowledge of object-oriented design, design patterns, 3D Math, and data structures.
  • Familiar with debugging environment issues and system issues associated with OpenGL on Linux.
  • Experience with game physics and particle systems.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or equivalent experience.
  • Proficient knowledge of code versioning tools such as GitHub.
  • Passion for AI and robotics.
Preferred skills and experience
  • Strong shader programmer.
  • Experience with Machine learning.

Desired personal qualities

  • Integrity
  • Altruism
  • Intellectual breadth
  • Interest in reviewing literature and implementing ideas in areas outside comfort zone
  • Ability to admit when wrong
  • Ability to work in a diverse team
  • Sense of humor

Benefits

  • Work on the most important problems in the field with a team who will challenge and support you.
  • We have flexible hours and a family-friendly culture. Building the first intelligent machines is our life’s work, and we emphasize sustainability over crunch. Our board member and investor Dustin Moskovitz recently wrote an article that captures how we relate to our work.
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as short and long term disability. We pay 100% of employee premiums and 50% of dependent premiums.
  • Flexible paid parental leave.
  • Healthy, organic breakfast and lunch every day.
  • Company wireless plan. Never pay a mobile phone bill again.
  • Get to work easily! Our office is 60 seconds from BART and public transportation, and adjacent to a beautiful park. If you use BART to get to work, we subsidize the cost of tickets.
  • We have fun workday activities like soccer, volleyball, board games, or journal club.
  • Certified personal trainer who will design an exercise program that suits your fitness level and help you meet your goals.
  • Executive and one-on-one coaching for everyone. Select between different coaches, depending on what types of skills you want to develop.
  • Once a year, we take the entire company (including +1s and kids) on a vacation. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.
  • We are standing with Fauna and other startups in offering a new policy for civic engagement.
Apply for this position

Our culture

At Vicarious you will have the chance to work on the most important problems in the field with a team who will challenge and support you. Intellectual curiosity, egolessness, and passion are at the core of our culture.

Balance

We have flexible hours and a family-friendly culture. Building the first intelligent machines is our life’s work, and we emphasize sustainability over crunch.

Mentorship

Mentorship, honest feedback, and free executive coaching help us grow in all directions, both professionally and personally. We offer career coaching for everyone. Our coach will help you develop the skills that are most important to you.

Health

Our culinary wizards provide healthy breakfast and lunch each day. We have an on-site gym and access to an amazing public park.

Have a Voice

We truly value the insights of all our employees and empower each one to have a voice in matters both big and small.

Community

We are committed to making the world better, not just with our technology but through community building and other acts of civic service. Employees are given time off for civic engagement.

Exceptional Benefits

We provide top of the line insurance coverage, offer generous parental leave, flexible vacation time, commuter benefits, and a company phone plan.