Motional is hiring a

Principal Research Scientist, Prediction and Behavior Modeling

Boston, United States
Full-Time
The Motional global headquarters are located at 100 Northern Avenue in Boston, MA. Nestled in the busting Seaport district with sweeping views of Boston Harbor and downtown Boston, the offices are located close to major transit lines and a quick walk to various restaurants and popular attractions.

About this position:

The Prediction and Behavior Modeling team is looking to add a Principal Research Scientist to help us build data-driven models for Perception, Prediction, and Planning. Your models will help us understand surrounding traffic, predict what other road users will do, and determine how to drive. Your machine learning, data analytics, and applied mathematics experience will inform your pragmatic approach to making a more intelligent autonomous vehicle. Does this sound like you?

What You Will Work On:

  • Dive into data to understand behaviors of road users such as cars, bikes, and pedestrians
  • Develop probabilistic models to predict how other road users may move and interact with our car, and evaluate their performance on real-world and simulated data sets
  • Research data-driven driving policies for planning and decision-making
  • Present results to colleagues and publish at conferences
  • Influence our technical direction and research plans

What You Will Bring:

  • MS or PhD in computer science, robotics, or similar field, with 5+ years practical experience in robotics, machine learning, and analysis of large data sets
  • In-depth understanding of common Machine Learning and Deep Learning algorithms, and their application to real-world systems
  • Fluency in Python, including standard deep learning and scientific computing libraries
  • Excellent skills developing software in a team setting
  • Excellent skills for working with large data sets
  • Strong applied math background

Bonus points (but not required):

  • Experience developing machine learning solutions for autonomous vehicles or robots

Why Us?

  • Publications and patents encouraged. Team has one paper currently at CVPR (https://arxiv.org/abs/1911.10298).
  • Joining a small team of 10, which offers the opportunity to contribute across multiple disciplines (perception, prediction, planning, infrastructure).
  • Speaking opportunities are encouraged and supported
  • Will closely collaborate with ML team for infrastructure and prototype

About Us
Motional is making driverless vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality.
Our team is commercializing a world-class driverless system. The Motional team is behind some of the industry’s largest leaps forward in the last decade, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world’s first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world’s most-established public robotaxi fleet. Strategically formed by Hyundai Motor Group, one of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers offering smart mobility solutions, and Aptiv, a global technology leader in advanced safety, electrification, and vehicle connectivity, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives.

Headquartered in Boston, Motional has operations in the US and Asia. For more information, visit www.Motional.com and follow us on TwitterLinkedInFacebookInstagram and YouTube.


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