Research Scientist - Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing

Job Description

Are you ready to make difference and create the Future of Automation?

We are looking for a motivated Robotics and AI Research Scientist, who would like to be part of a dynamic team in Berkeley, California!

Siemens Technology is seeking a member of its “Advanced Manufacturing Automation” Research Group of the vertical “Future of Automation” Technology Field in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California. In this research group, we shape the innovation roadmap towards the advanced manufacturing of the future; in collaboration with technology startups, leading academic institutions and government agencies. We are a team of automation-enthusiasts, innovators, engineers and scientists with deep technical expertise who are passionate about disruptive technologies in the areas of Machine Learning, Simulation, Engineering, Control, and Optimization. Our deliverables enable the successful transformation of the technology trends in Automation & Control into the business of the future for a multitude of customer products and services.

The Challenge:

  • Lead and collaborate, both within and outside Siemens, to develop successful research proposals for external funding that align with Siemens strategic direction. 
  • Lead and execute scientific projects including the definition and execution of the technology strategy 
  • Calculate/assess risk factors of a project. Anticipate potential problems and demonstrate sophisticated reasoning skills as well as creative, innovative and resourceful approaches to developing solutions to complex problems. 
  • Provide technical leadership and expertise to achieve project goals.
  • Scout and evaluate new automation, robotics and artificial intelligence technologies in collaboration with leading academic institutions and government agencies, by working with Siemens Business Units. 
  • Seek advocacy from appropriate Siemens business units on potential use cases. 
  • Manage ground breaking research projects with the best universities and professors in the US. Co-develop with top academic partners the Automation Systems of the Future.
  • Educate and transfer technologies to Siemens business units for product implementations. 
  • Drive project acquisition and project funding
The Candidate:

Qualified candidates will have:
  • Masters required, PhD preferred, in Computer Science Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Strong background in vision-based robotics and control. Solid knowledge of kinematics, dynamics, path planning and perception including calibration of vision-based robotic systems. Up to date on latest trends and innovations.
  • Proven track record deploying and validating complex robotic systems involving hardware, software, and mechanical components. Hands-on experience in robotics or autonomous systems projects (4+ years).
  • Proven record in formulating and deploying innovative autonomous skills for robotic systems in real-world environments
  • Expertise and experience in applying machine learning to robotics, including areas such as reinforcement and transfer learning
  • Experience working with international and multi-cultural teams.
  • Excellent communications skills. The ability to communicating technically, at a level appropriate for the audience
Preferred skills & experience:
  • Proven track record of preparing, managing and winning government proposals.
  • Project management and Principal Investigator experience working multidisciplinary teams
  • Track record of research excellence. Publications in top conferences and journals such as ICRA, IROS, RSS, NIPS, AAAI, T-RO, ICML…
  • Knowledge on Systems, compilers, and computer architecture.
  • Demonstrated experience in using ROS (Robot Operating System).
  • Solid knowledge in 3D geometry as well as RGB-D and point cloud processing methods
  • Understanding the business of Siemens to identify and apply use cases for new technologies in the area of Automation & Control, e.g. Industrial Automation, Train Automation, etc.

About Us

Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationally for more than 172 years. To tap business opportunities in both new and established markets, the Company is organized in operating and strategic companies: Smart Infrastructure, Digital Industries, Siemens Mobility, Siemens Gamesa, Siemens Healthineers & Siemens Energy. (see also

Right now, we’re powering a whole country, finding ways to prevent malaria, making cities smarter, developing renewable energy, designing 3D robots, transporting people at 250 mph and helping NASA explore Mars. Our experience has shown that key technology components coming from areas like AI, analytics, IOT, Cyber-Security, additive manufacturing and materials science are extremely relevant for such innovations.

Siemens Technology plays an important role in this as a strategic partner to Siemens’ operative units. It provides pre-development (aka research) services, prototyping, technology evaluation and assessments as well as technology consulting to all of Siemens’ businesses.

We help business units discover new business ideas and develop them into software solutions and successful products. Our research results influence Siemens products and are reflected in patents and publications in journals and conferences. Moreover, the team pursuits government funding opportunities, often in collaboration with top academic partners.

Join Us

We are more than employees; we are actively helping to make people’s lives a little better every day. Would you like to be a part of that? Then join us. We offer you a high level of practical relevance as well as an opportunity to individually contribute your knowledge and your visions around the world. Whether you’re helping to develop products for the operating units or working in interdisciplinary projects for the business areas: At Siemens Technology you’ll be working in the heart of Siemens’ technological research together with the best!

Successful candidate must be able to work with controlled technology in accordance with US Export Control Law. US Export Control laws and applicable regulations govern the distribution of strategically important technology, services and information to foreign nationals and foreign countries. Siemens may require candidates under consideration for employment opportunities to submit information regarding citizenship status to allow the organization to comply with specific US Export Control laws and regulations. Additional information on the US Export Control laws & regulations can be found on

Organization: Technology

Company: Siemens Corporation

Experience Level: Experienced Professional

Job Type: Full-time

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