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General Electric Senior Engineer - Autonomous Systems - Aerospace Research in Niskayuna, New York

Job Description Summary

As a Senior Engineer – Autonomous Systems, you will work with GE Aerospace Research, GE Businesses, and external customers to define, build, and execute strategic research and development programs focused on Robotics and Autonomous Systems. You will work on fast-paced, multi-disciplinary teams to solve technical challenges. You will be provided ample opportunity to learn on the job, shape your career and define new research areas.

This role will be aligned to the Advanced Research Center innovating and focusing Aerospace industries. Aerospace Research will continue to play a vital role in supporting the industry through a historic recovery while shaping the future of flight. We invent the future of flight, lift people up and bring them home safely. Our commitment to lead the industry, to keep safe the flying public and the armed forces, and to lift up one another and our communities, remains our north star. Our purpose is what ties us to one another and gives meaning to our work.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop new technology concepts with strategic impact focused on robotics and autonomy, including design, analysis, integration and testing of electromechanical systems, mechanical and soft robotic systems, simulation, motion planning, perception, manipulation, and human-robot interaction.

  • Actively lead and participate in design, architecture, and development efforts. Be a vital team member on multi-disciplinary programs that take real-world problems and deliver solutions. Program scope can range from quick lab prototypes that validate concepts and reduce risk, all the way up to multi-year programs that deliver robust, efficient, and scaled-up robotics and autonomous systems directly to customers.

  • Optimize quality/time/cost by making smart choices and technology tradeoffs, driven by requirements. Adopt best-practices in system design, documentation, testing, validation, product implementation and scalability, based on program maturity and customer needs.

  • Lead projects, proposals, relationship building, and the development of new autonomous and robotic systems technology. Engage with internal and external thought leaders across the robotic technology stack to shape new programs, drive new concepts and applications.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Robotics or a related discipline with at least 5 years of experience in design and development of robotic systems OR Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Robotics or a related discipline with at least 8 years of experience in design and development of robotic systems OR Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Robotics or a related discipline with a minimum of 10 years of experience in design and development of robotic software and systems.

  • Strong execution track record.

  • Significant experience in systems architecture, design, and system integration.

  • Significant experience in one or more robot control and motion planning areas, such as path planning, trajectory optimization, inverse kinematics, and motion planning for manipulation.

  • Experience in integrating mechanical, electrical, and software components into reliable working systems while satisfying tight product design and manufacturing constraints.

  • Experience with robotic perception, sensor fusion, and computer vision.

  • Experience programming in C/C++/Python.

  • Experience with the Robot Operating System (ROS).

  • Experience in leading internal and external funded programs, shaping and pursuing new programs with government research agencies, such as DARPA, ARPA-E, ONR, AFRL, ARL, etc.

  • Track record on industrial/academia and/or Intellectual Property (IP) publications on related robotic topics.

  • Possess superior problem-solving skills and independent decision-making abilities, all while operating in a fast-paced team setting.

  • Must be willing to work out of an office located in Niskayuna, NY.

  • Must be 18 years or older.

  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals at the Masters or Bachelors level for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening.

  • Because of the specific categories of data handled by GE Research and the structure of our work environment, we are unable to accommodate employment of persons while they are considered nationals of embargoed countries subject to restriction under the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 15 CFR Section 746 et seq. (currently North Korea, Syria, Iran and Cuba). Please note that citizens of embargoed countries who have either “U.S. person” status under U.S. export control laws or subsequent citizenship from a non-embargoed country can be considered.

  • You must submit your application for employment on the Careers page at to be considered.

Desired Characteristics

  • 3 or more years working in a defense or industrial domain.

  • Experience in software engineering and software architecture.

  • Experience with modern AI/ML frameworks, such as PyTorch and TensorFlow.

  • Experience in developing user interfaces, web stack (e.g. JavaScript).

  • Experience developing camera and sensor drivers.

  • Experience in implementing robotic programs for robot arms, e.g., Fanuc, ABB, UR or similar

  • Demonstrated ability to convert high-level customer needs into a technical development strategy.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Communicate effectively both in written and oral English.

  • Self-motivated, innovative, willing to pursue new technical areas and capable of working independently.

  • US Citizenship is preferred.

The salary range for this position is $100,000 - $205,000 USD, annually. The specific salary offered to a candidate may be influenced by a variety of factors including the candidate’s experience, their education, and the work location.

GE provides a comprehensive benefits package that provides access to plans which support the overall wellbeing of our employees and their dependents. These benefits include, but are not limited to, health care coverage (medical, dental, vision, pharmacy), a retirement plan that includes Company Retirement Savings and a 401K with Company matching, Life Insurance options, Disability coverage, paid time-off, EAP, and more.

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes