Computer Vision Researcher
Vicarious San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA $100k – $160k Long term Any
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About Vicarious

Our long term goal is to build machines that exceed human intelligence. We do fundamental scientific research into the nature of intelligence, seeking real breakthroughs rather than just incremental improvements. We are passionate about changing the world and are looking for exceptional people to join us in that mission.

Vicarious is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We’re committed to fair hiring practices and a welcoming working environment. All candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual identity or expression, medical condition, or socioeconomic status. We value our differences and we’re excited to learn what you can add to our team.

Job Description

Vicarious aims to transform robotics by creating robots with human-level performance on real-world manipulation tasks. We are passionate about changing the world with science and software, and we are looking for exceptional people to join us in that mission. Here you will join a small, tightly knit collective of engineer scientists committed to solving long-term problems.  Our focus is the systematic integration of perception, concept learning, reasoning, and motor control, used to build robotic manipulation systems. As a member of the robotics group at Vicarious, you will play a critical role in our efforts to use our technology to push the state of the art on robotic manipulation.


  • Understanding the algorithms we’ve developed on the vision/learning side and bringing your experience and intuitions to bear on how best to apply them to manipulation tasks.
  • Solving the computer vision-specific research and engineering problems that arise, in areas such as object class detection, pose estimation, visual tracking, 3D scene understanding, and 3D reconstruction.
  • Developing and maintaining the software stack on the robotic platform.
  • Building integrated solutions that apply our technology towards specific product verticals.



  • Masters or Ph.D. in a computer vision-related discipline (or equivalent professional experience), preferably in one of the following areas:
               - object class and instance detection, pose estimation, and visual tracking
               - fine-grained image categorization
               - 3D scene understanding and recognition from RGB-D imagery
               - 3D reconstruction, structure-from-motion, or multi-view stereo

  • Strong publication record and/or industry experience in the above-mentioned areas.
  • Interest/background in algorithms with human-like abilities such as learning from small amounts of data and tight sensorimotor feedback.
  • Strong C++ and/or Python skills. Experience developing with OpenCV, TensorFlow, and PCL.


  • Integrity
  • Ability to admit when wrong
  • Altruism
  • Fearlessness working outside your comfort zone
  • Patience with others
  • Described by others as the best researcher / engineer / thinker they know
  • Intellectual breadth
  • Sense of humor


  • Work on the most important problems in the field with a team who will challenge and support you.
  • We have flexible hours and a family-friendly culture. Building the first intelligent machines is our life’s work, and we emphasize sustainability over crunch. Our board member and investor Dustin Moskovitz recently wrote an article that captures how we relate to our work.
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as short and long term disability. We pay 100% of employee premiums and 50% of dependent premiums.
  • Flexible paid parental leave.
  • Healthy, organic breakfast and lunch every day.
  • Company wireless plan. Never pay a mobile phone bill again.
  • Get to work easily! Our office is 60 seconds from BART and public transportation, and adjacent to a beautiful park. If you use BART to get to work, we subsidize the cost of tickets.
  • We have fun workday activities like soccer, volleyball, board games, or journal club.
  • Certified personal trainer who will design an exercise program that suits your fitness level and help you meet your goals.
  • Executive and one-on-one coaching for everyone. Select between different coaches, depending on what types of skills you want to develop.
  • Once a year, we take the entire company (including +1s and kids) on a vacation. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.
  • We are standing with Fauna and other startups in offering a new policy for civic engagement.

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