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The Assured Neuro Symbolic Learning and Reasoning (ANSR) and Robot Open Autonomous Racing (ROAR) programs have ambitious research agendas aimed at advancing foundational research and application development for autonomous systems.
ANSR is promoting new thinking and approaches to artificial intelligence development that enable high levels of trust in autonomous systems. The program seeks breakthrough innovations in the form of new, hybrid AI algorithms that integrate symbolic reasoning with data-driven learning to create robust, assured, and trustworthy systems.
ROAR aims to advance solutions of autonomous systems, intelligent machines, and human-in-the-loop control for extreme robotics applications. The group is developing high performance algorithms for 3D perception, model predictive control, reinforcement learning, generative AI, and simulation and virtual reality.
The Technical Program Manager of the Assured Neuro Symbolic Learning and Reasoning (ANSR) and Robot Open Autonomous Racing (ROAR) programs is a multifaceted role responsible for project management, cross-team coordination, performer interfacing, and technical evaluation for the ANSR and ROAR programs. The incumbent will split time evenly between two programs.
This is a 1-year contract appointment with the possibility of extension.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: November 21, 2023
25% Simulation and Real Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Support: Provide guidance and advice on simulation and HIL activities. Collaborate with relevant teams to ensure the successful integration of simulation technologies. Conducts analysis on technical issues within the development, test, evaluation, or demonstration environment(s) and resolves issues.
25% Test and Evaluation: Coordinate and oversee local testing and evaluation activities, including collaborating with external performers and collaborators and ensure the quality and reliability of testing procedures.
25% Project Management: Manage projects related to ANSR and ROAR, ensuring adherence to timelines, budgets, and quality standards. Monitor project progress, identify risks, and implement mitigation strategies. Assume responsibility for a wide spectrum of domains, encompassing simulation development, logistics coordination, and technical advising. Foster effective collaboration among team members and ensure the successful execution of projects. Identifies technical resources needed to achieve project and program goals.
10% Cross-Team Coordination: Facilitate effective collaboration between various teams and promote interdisciplinary communication and knowledge sharing.
5% Performer Interfacing & Sponsor Liaison: Act as point of contact with external performers, foster strong working relationships and facilitate communication between UC Berkeley and external organizations, collaborate with technical sponsors to support project deliverables, and leverage technical expertise to contribute to the successful execution of program initiatives.
5% Networking and Fundraising: Engage in networking activities to build connections within the field of robotics and racing. Identify fundraising opportunities and contribute to securing financial and in-kind resources.
5% Student Recruiting and Onboarding: Identify and recruit talented students to contribute to projects. Oversee the onboarding process and provide guidance to ensure their successful integration into the team.
Bachelor's degree in engineering, robotics, or related area.
Familiarity with industry-leading simulation platforms, including sim-to-real challenges, and an aptitude for identifying opportunities for enhancement.
Hands-on experience in software engineering for Autonomous Robotics and real-world applications of adversarial autonomous vehicles and/or academic robotics research.
Experience with Development Operations (DevOps) in Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) and software test engineering.
Applied experience with Robot Operating System (ROS) and ROS2, C++, and Python in an autonomous robotics-related research capacity.
Project management experience, preferably in an academic research setting, and general software engineering experience, with a preference for a background in test engineering.
Experience with collaborative research initiatives across multiple universities, involving aspects such as recruiting, logistics, and internal collaboration projects.
Demonstrated success in leading complex technical projects, showcasing an ability to navigate challenges and drive results.
Master's degree in engineering, robotics, or related area.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.
Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.
The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $85,800 to $103,900 annually. This is a 100% FTE, 1-year contract appointment eligible for full benefits.
This is a 1-year contract appointment with the possibility of extension.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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