Robotics Simulation Engineer, National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

About $69,000 - $93,000 a year

We are looking for engineers and developers that want to build simulators for robots. You will work on challenging problems simulating robot sensors, manipulators, and autonomous vehicles. Your simulations will help to then build real-world robotic systems that perform useful work. Current projects involving simulation include: manipulation for logistics and material handling, virtual reality design of a large scale robot, image manipulation for testing computer vision algorithms, and projects with mobile robots. You will directly help to imagine, design, and make robots that deploy in the real world.


You will have an impact in shaping the robotics revolution, collaborate with and learn from experts, and build your career in a very fast-growing field. As part of our team, you will develop solutions to solve industrial and government challenges, deploy your technology in real-world situations, work side-by-side with elite robotics experts, and develop a variety of cutting-edge technologies.

Have an Impact!

Remove waste from farming = more food (link)
Make industrial processes environmentally friendly (link)
Make hazardous jobs safer (link)
Improve efficiency in industry & manufacturing (link)
Accelerate screening of pharmaceuticals (link)
Take Control of Your Career!

Select the career pathway that interests you
Influence the direction of projects
Supportive of a non-standard schedule
Maintain work/life balance
Switch between part-time and full-time as life demands
NREC is at the center of the robotics ecosystem in Pittsburgh, PA. With over 60 robotics companies, Pittsburgh has become the robotics capital of the world. Geek Wire calls it Robotics Row; others call it Roboburgh. Join the leader in the most exciting time in robotics!

Join the best robotics R&D group

Join our talented team at NREC, an operating unit within the world-renowned Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

NREC has 20+ years of experience and is globally renowned for developing and deploying robots into many applications across multiple sectors, such as agriculture, mining, defense, energy, and manufacturing. We strive to provide solutions for real world challenges where automation and robots have greater impact on productivity and improve the safety and comfort of the labor force. Our unique expertise places us at the forefront of unmanned ground vehicle design, autonomy, sensing and perception, machine learning, machine vision, operator assistance, 3D mapping and position estimation. With over 120 robotics professionals, we can solve challenges that no other organization can.

NREC also leads in educational outreach through its Robotics Academy, which builds robotics curricula and software for K-12 and college-level students.

Your primary responsibilities include:
Development of simulation infrastructure that support realistic physics and rendering
Modeling of various robotic systems (vehicles, multi-joint robots, custom robots) in simulation
Providing support to various project groups within NREC with their simulation needs
Interacting with sponsors for both planning and reporting purposes
Reporting complex technical detail to specialists and non-specialists
Surveying literature and implementing state-of-the-art techniques to take on challenging problems
Developing, documenting, testing, troubleshooting, and verifying software

Required Qualifications:
B.S. in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or equivalent experience (More is a bonus)
3+ years combined graduate academic and professional software development experience
Strong C or C++ skills
Experience with simulation
Experience with scripting languages for quick prototyping (Python, Lua, Matlab preferred)
Linux development experience
Knowledge of basic software engineering principles
Technical communication skills
We especially want to hear from you if you have experience or qualifications in ANY of the following areas:

Robot simulation tools (V-Rep, Gazebo preferred)
Physics simulation tools (MuJoCo, ODE, Bullet, Vortex, PhysX preferred)
Graphics development (OpenGL, OpenGL ES, DirectX preferred)
Game engine development (Unity, Unreal preferred)
Modeling of sensors such as Lidar, radar, and cameras
Robotics libraries such as OpenCV, PCL, ROS
Computer vision, image processing, signal processing
3D and projective geometry
High performance, cloud, or distributed computing
Development for GPUs (CUDA and OpenCL preferred)

Opportunities people at NREC have seized:
As a member of NREC, you take control of your career. People in similar roles have shaped their careers to suit their interests and their needs.

Publishing in conferences and journals
Guest lecturing in university courses
Becoming an in-depth expert in a technical area
Leading projects and fostering client relationships
Receiving mentoring from principal investigators
Mentoring junior engineers
Taking courses at Carnegie Mellon
Stay connected with academic activities at Carnegie Mellon
Performing consulting during off time
Outreach to K-12 and college-level students
At NREC, we value diversity, support it, and thrive on it for the benefits of our organization, our employees and our community.

More Information

Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.

A listing of employee benefits is available at:

Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Job Function: Engineering

Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh

Time Type: Full Time

Organization: ROBOTICS

Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent

Preferred Education Level: Master's Degree or equivalent

Budgeted Base Pay: Negotiable