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Principal Perception Engineer - Computer Vision

Sunnyvale, CA


$200,000 - $250,000/year + full benefits and performance bonus


This company serves the agricultural industry by designing and building advanced farm machines which utilize computer vision and deep learning, allowing farmers to understand and manage every plant. This in turn improves farmer profitability, protects the environment by reducing pesticide use, and captures valuable plant-by-plant data. A pioneer in the agricultural robotics space, this company developed a state-of-the-art intelligent sprayer, which applies pesticide only where needed, reducing pesticide spray volumes by up to 90%. Following the success of this product, the company has been acquired by and runs as an independent subsidiary under the largest provider of equipment for agriculture, forestry, construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation which has allowed the company to grow rapidly. Together, both companies are actively seeking to apply advanced computer vision, machine learning, and robotics technologies to other areas in agriculture beyond spraying.


The Principal Perception Engineer will be joining an exciting new program that sits at the intersection of agriculture, machine learning, and robotics. Details are confidential, but this program has tremendous potential to help farmers, to shape global farming practices, and to have a major impact on one of America's most iconic brands. As an expert in this field, you will be working with various teams within engineering, but you will be the pioneer of this specific piece of the AI project. The Principal Perception Engineer role is an extremely high-profile position within the company that will gain a lot of visibility since autonomy is the company's central focus right now. In addition, the Principal Perception Engineer will own the entire process of this project from research, proof of concept, and finally to production.

The Principal Perception Engineer will be doing the following:

  • Implementing deep-learning-based classification systems for identifying, characterizing, and classifying various farm-related objects using camera, radar, LiDAR, etc.
  • Exploring and developing new methods for improving detection performance and increasing the speed of processing
  • Working with the Software team to transition processing from desktop/server class machines to real-time, field robotic systems
  • Work with systems software engineers to help architect and develop data processing and annotation pipelines for continuous system monitoring and improvement


  • PhD degree in Computer Vision or Machine Learning; Masters in same field with 7+ years of experience will be considered
  • 5+ years developing algorithms and solving problems in computer vision/perception
  • 3+ years in developing machine learning systems, with extensive experience on deep learning systems (Tensorflow preferred)
  • Experience in the autonomous vehicle space preferred
  • Advanced proficiency in C++, Python, OpenCV, and related tools
  • Experience with 3D reconstruction, radar, LiDAR, sensor fusion, camera calibration, and SLAM
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication and teaming skills
  • Passion to solve difficult problems in a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic start-up environment; ability to "roll-up your sleeves" and lead by example, when needed


  • Salary: $200,000.00 to $250,000.00 /year
  • Full benefits and a performance-based bonus
  • Retention incentive plan where you will get 50% of your salary paid each year


Please register your interest by sending your CV to Greg Deasy at Harnham via the Apply now link on this page.

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US$200000 - US$250000 per year + Benefits, bonus, and incentives

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