Perception Sensor Specialist
Tangram Vision is a mission-driven company devoted to empowering all developers to be perception creators. It’s a tall order, but our whole team is experienced in computer vision and has learned what works (and what doesn’t) in the real world. We’re honing that experience into a one-of-a-kind premium perception offering.
The Perception Sensor Specialist will shape a critical part of the Tangram Vision Platform: our one-of-a-kind plug-and-play perception sensor module, TVMux. If you’ve ever struggled to stream a sensor array in concert and thought “There has to be a better way!”... Tangram Vision’s TVMux is that better way! TVMux’s goals are both lofty and numerous. We’ve already executed on a few of these, but there are plenty left for an ambitious perception engineer. Among the features that have been completed, and that we intend to complete:
- Plug-and-play operation for multi-sensor systems: Plug any sensor in and it starts streaming immediately; unplug a sensor and it stops streaming without crashing the rest of the system.
- Intuitive interfaces with popular robotics packages like ROS and ROS2.
- Clear and concise software API for easy integration of TVMux into third-party systems.
- Deployment on a multitude of platforms (compliments of TVMux’s foundations in Rust!)
This isn’t a pipe dream: TVMux already does all of the above for Intel RealSense sensors (one of the most finicky sensor lines in perception). You can see it in action here.
However, for TVMux to be truly useful, it needs to support more sensors, become easier to use, and offer even greater performance. Candidates for Perception Sensor Specialist should embrace these challenges; getting them right will save years of time and frustration for perception engineers everywhere.
Starting Salary Range: $130,000 - $160,000 USD
Examples of Things You’ll Work On...
- Profile performance of different sensor modalities (e.g. LiDAR, camera, etc) via TVMux
- Expand our Plex vocabulary to accommodate new sensor components and modalities
- Encapsulate (or rewrite!) vendor-specific drivers in Rust to ensure safe and predictable performance. See Realsense-Rust for an example of how we made this unruly sensor line safe
- Work with customers to integrate and test their systems via TVMux
- Integrate TVMux with other platform modules, like TVCal and TVFuse, for end-to-end onboard perception capabilities
- Write and contribute to our internal and user-facing product documentation
- Contribute to the Tangram Visions blog with relevant, technical content for a robotics and sensor savvy audience
- Craft and maintain an up-to-date User Manual for yourself. User Manuals are documents written by you, about you. They're meant to be easy ways for someone else to get to know you and your working style, so that everyone can better understand one another and collaborate more effectively.
- Communicate and check-in with each other. Every proposal, piece of documentation, and prototype is meant to be open, malleable, and collaborative. This lets us do our best work while preserving the best aspects of asynchronous work - focus and time. Even so, live communications are encouraged even if its just to check in on someone’s day.
- You should expect to travel at least 4 weeks out of the year for company retreats, conferences, and trade shows.
- Do your part in keeping our operations running smoothly - submitting PTO requests, observing travel budgets, etc.
- Be open to networking/speaker opportunities on behalf of the company.
- Presentations at local meetups
- Communications inside and outside of Tangram on progress and projects
You’ll be a successful candidate if...
- You love performant systems languages, or are excited to learn and apply Rust in a real-world setting
- You have developed a multi-sensor product as part of a larger company or team
- You aren’t afraid to deep-dive into vendor-produced driver code to understand the nuances of sensor behavior
- You are skeptical of spec sheets
- You take the time to evaluate technology options and tradeoffs, and feel certain in your decision-making after evaluation
- You care about contributing to product direction, planning, roadmaps, and postmortems
- You have a willingness to voice your opinions and have pushed for better calibration procedures at your previous place of work or study, or have developed improved calibration procedures yourself
- You have strong verbal and written communications skills - you’re able to explain big ideas without technical jargon
- You have exceptional time management, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once
- You love to learn and can implement what you’ve absorbed, whether it’s through reading textbooks and/or research papers
- You have a strong sense of teamwork - you enjoy building positive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, and a willingness to help others
- You believe in inclusivity when working with colleagues with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives
Must-Have Technical Qualifications...
In our experience, people with the below experiences would thrive in this role. Our tech stack is shown in parentheses, where applicable; experience with a specific tool is not required for this role.
- Experience working with common sensor communication protocols and interfaces (e.g. USB, ethernet, MIPI)
- Experience working with sensor drivers and software provided by sensor manufacturers (e.g. Intel, Velodyne)
- Strong programming foundations, including
- C, C++, or Rust background
- Has developed or worked with concurrent and / or asynchronous pipelines on compute-restricted platforms
- Systems programming background
- Basic understanding of sensor fusion, as applied to e.g. robotics and AV/ADAS systems
- Familiar with data flow paradigms within robotics or AV/ADAS systems (e.g. pub-sub networks, RPC / IPC, etc.)
- Demonstrated experience with common programming optimization strategies
- Demonstrated experience with common sensor datatypes, e.g. image formats, point clouds, gyroscopic data, etc
- Comfortable working on Linux and using the command-line
- Proficiency with git
Benefits and other Perks...
We’re a startup, aren't there supposed to be pool tables and stuff? We have an ever-growing list of items that we’re looking to provide, here’s what we currently offer.
- We value your health and well-being: Tangram Vision covers up to $400 a month of medical plan costs (chances are we have a plan that will be 100% covered for you), and 100% of dental, vision, and ancillary plans (i.e. life insurance, short-term and long-term disability).
- Employees who choose a medical plan with a health savings account (HSA) also receive a $2,000/year HSA contribution
- Staff have an unlimited PTO balance, with a recommended 4 weeks off per year (1 week per quarter).
- Remote First, Fully Connected: Tangram Vision is a fully remote company. We have no corporate office, and our first five employees span four timezones!
- Company retreats every three to four months in fun, unique locations.
- Weekly team-wide calls keep us connected and grounded
- Open virtual co-working comms every afternoon
- We understand the importance of financial planning: We offer competitive salaries and equity grants. Employees can choose to adjust their compensation for more/less salary vs. more/less equity.
How to Apply...
- Submit your resume and cover letter
- In your cover letter please include how you heard about this role and why you’re interested in this position
- Include any GitHub projects, portfolios, or deployed projects that support your experience
No phone calls please. Tangram Vision will contact qualified candidates directly.
Tangram Vision provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or veteran status. We are committed to establishing a diverse and inclusive workforce and encourage people from all backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and abilities to apply. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool.
About Tangram Vision
At Tangram Vision, we’re building a platform of products that help robotics leaders, engineers, and fleet managers understand their perception systems inside and out at scale. By taking the pain out of working with sensors, we enable customers to focus on building solutions in their problem domains, which range from farming and warehouse logistics to autonomous vehicles and construction.
We’re Decision Oriented
Trust is the backbone of our team. To build trust, we seek to better understand one another through our conversations, our retreats, our User Manuals, and our written viewpoints.
Trust in your choices, and the choices of others, allows Tangram to be a place of context, not control. Information is created deliberately and shared broadly by default (which means we write a lot of documentation). This has helped keep velocity up at a breakneck speed from day 1.
Dissent and Diversity
Though everyone is decision-oriented, we do so through seeking dissent. The more concerns we hear, and the more varied those concerns are, the better our outcomes become. In this way, diversity and inclusion are more than just good civic practices; they’re vital to Tangram’s success. As a startup, we are committed to keeping diversity and inclusion as a principal pillar behind all we do and how we grow.
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