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About Us

Iron Ox is reimagining the modern farm, utilizing robotics and AI to grow fresh, consistent, and responsibly farmed produce for everyone. Our experienced team of growers, plant scientists, engineers, and innovators are passionate about deeply understanding and developing this new wave of technology to feed an ever-growing population.

Our mission at Iron Ox is dedicated to addressing some of the most significant issues in food security, now and in the future. We’re focused on sustainable, scalable food production for a changing climate and an ever-growing population.

As a Senior Roboticist, you will work on a variety of automation projects for our greenhouses. We have a variety of projects, both short-term industrial robotics applications and longer-term research manipulation projects. As part of the team, you will work closely with other roboticists, mechanical engineers, controls engineers, and growers to implement production-ready robotic systems. Several upcoming projects you may work on include a raft manipulation station staffed by a large Fanuc robot arm to shuffle plants in and out of our grow modules; detecting and harvesting ripe fruit, including strawberries, tomatoes, and bell peppers; transplanting young plants into hydroponic rafts; trimming basil and other leafy greens down to the appropriate size for packaging.

We are looking for an experienced roboticist who can work with hardware/software teams to write robotics software that moves projects towards robust production. Depending on your background, this could include writing standard industrial robotics code on a teach pendant, using ROS to ingest sensor data and perform complex manipulation tasks, using 3D/visual data to produce scene understanding for manipulation problems, and operating at a systems level to integrate across hardware and software systems. The ideal candidate will have a broad background in manipulation as well as a deeper understanding of one or more sub-areas.

What You’ll Be Doing
-Take ownership and deliver robotic systems from prototype to production
-Work cross-functionally with other teams to ensure a productive system beyond just the robot software
-Work with real plants, real data, and real robots
-Provide input to scope requirements and feasibility for future robotic applications
-Define, manage, debug, and help maintain the systems that you bring to production in the greenhouses
-Help build an amazing robotics team by participating in our hiring process
-Ability to occasionally commute to our farm in Gilroy as needed

What You’ll Bring
-5+ years of experience writing robotics software
-Experience with ROS
-Experience working in linux environments
-Experience working in C++ and Python
-Broad robotics manipulation experience, including perception, planning, grasping, sensor processing, and/or motion control
-Deep experience in one of the following sub-areas:
Industrial robotic integration, including vision applications; Fanuc experience a plus; Planning and controls; Perception for manipulation; Sensor-based manipulation; Manipulation of delicate objects
-Excellent collaborative, communication, and documentation skills
-BS in Computer Science, Robotics, Mechanical Engineering or a related field

-Experience with Data Science / ML
-Experience with basic computer vision
-An interest in agriculture

What We Offer
-Iron Ox is a small startup with a big dream. You’ll be a part of a team founded on transparency, creativity, and impact on our mission to feed people
-We’re a tight-knit group that likes to work hard while also having fun
-We offer medical, dental, vision and 401k

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