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Robotics Software Engineer, Advanced Technologies Group

Job Description

Robotics Software Engineer

Position Summary

NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is a public-private collaboration with the mission of advancing the capabilities of U.S. manufacturing in the field of Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) and ensuring that the enabling manufacturing technologies are developed and shared with institute members and the U.S. Government. The institute is a not-for-profit entity funded jointly by industry, academia, and the U.S. Government. Our work enables the next generation electronics for medical, wearable, asset monitoring, structural health monitoring, soft robotics, integrated array antennas, automotive and agricultural technology applications.

NextFlex offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and a fun, collaborative work environment.

At NextFlex, we believe we can lay the technological and educational foundation for advanced manufacturing of next generation flexible electronics.  Utilizing novel print and attach methods, we design and manufacture sophisticated performant wireless devices that create exciting product opportunities.  Our on-site fab allows us to fulfill our goal to increase US-based innovation and manufacturing.

We see great ideas come from anywhere—inclusion and mutual respect are vital to innovation. We value character grounded in integrity, a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and diverse experiences to help us think in new ways.

NextFlex is looking for a robotics/software engineer to join the Advanced Technologies Group. In this role, you will be responsible for researching, integrating, and developing robotic frameworks to solve non-planar, additive electronic assemblies. You will use a variety of precision, multi-axis motion platforms to create demonstrators, and augment the capabilities of the NextFlex Technology Hub. Candidates should have experience with industrial robotics (e.g., Fanuc, Staubli) and popular robotics frameworks.

You’ll join a diverse engineering team that is tackling novel flexible technology and manufacturability problems.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Research, integrate, and develop robotic frameworks to build processes for non-planar, additive materials deposition
  • Drive solutions for robotic-based conformal printing
  • Integrate various hardware and software subsystems into a coherent solution

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • BS/MS in applicable field (e.g., robotics, EE, ME, CS)
  • Practical experience developing machine learning systems, frameworks, and libraries
  • Experience with ROS or other robotics frameworks
  • A desire to learn new innovative technologies and to improve personal development and skills
  • Open to new challenges and work independently across disciplines to both investigate issues and identify solutions
  • Strong software development skills that encourage code reuse among researchers and ability to write efficient, clean, and reusable code (C++ and Python)
  • Solve fast paced hands-on complex problems

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS/PHD in applicable field (e.g., robotics, EE, ME, CS)
  • Hardware integration experience for mechatronic systems (e.g., PLC, safety, controllers)
  • Computational geometry knowledge for world modelling (obstacles etc); understanding of sensor processing stacks (vision, LiDAR, etc) and gracefully handling noise

Supervisory Responsibilities

Project management across diverse teams.

Travel Requirements

Minimal travel to meetings/conferences, as needed.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

Work authorization/ requirements

To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), you must be one of the following: a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

COVID-19 Vaccination Notice

As a Federal contractor, NextFlex requires any new employee to provide acceptable proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to his/her/their first day of employment at NextFlex, unless a legally-recognized exemption has been requested by the new hire and approved by NextFlex. This policy has been established to comply with Executive Order 14042 (Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors) and the implementing Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors (

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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