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Engineering Manager - Robotics & Controls



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, December 23, 2023

Aescape is seeking an Engineering Manager for the Controls Team at Aescape who can lead the development of low-level controllers and software critical to every motion in every massage. Your objectives will include building on our existing innovations and overseeing the development of software that directly controls our massage techniques. This role offers an opportunity for you to drive change and lead a talented team as we continue to innovate in the massage therapy industry. If you're ready to take on this challenge and make a significant impact, we invite you to apply and be part of our dynamic team!

This role is hybrid / based in New York City, NY or San Francisco, CA

Aescape is the NY-based lifestyle robotics company redefining self-care.

We announced the world's first commercially available, fully automated AI-powered massage experience with Equinox in March — and this is only the beginning. We are in a period of rapid growth, launching our category-transforming product throughout 2024 with global leaders in hospitality, wellness, sports and fitness.

Backed by $85M in funding from investors like Valor Equity Partners (an early investor in Tesla and SpaceX), we've assembled a team of top talent across connected hardware and fitness from industry giants like Amazon, Apple, Peloton, Tonal, Uber, The New York Knicks, and more to bring people and robotics together for better living.

In less than 48 hours since announcing our launch and partnership, publications like WIRED, Fast Company, Popular Science, Sports Business Journal, Fortune and Now This News have covered our news, with remarkable enthusiasm.

What You'll Do

In this role, you will build on our existing innovations and be responsible for the development of our software that directly controls how we perform massage techniques.

  • Lead a team of controls engineers in the design, development, and testing of safety-critical & highly performant software in a real-time environment

  • Design novel controllers, adaptive features, and safety functionality for robots that are in active contact with people maximizing for both the quality & robustness of the user experience

  • Create and maintain a technical roadmap, determining key needs, relative priorities, and assignment of tasks.

  • Drive collaboration with cross-functional teams to define project requirements and ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget.

  • Lead development of simulation and testing capabilities that compliment real-world tests.

  • Lead team members through hands on engineering mentorship to achieve their full potential

  • Work with key vendors to ensure performance guarantees and improve APIs.

  • Lead code reviews and ensure the delivery of high quality, optimized, production-ready code

  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends and technologies in robotics, control theory, and simulation.

  • Thrive in a dynamic startup environment, demonstrating a proactive and adaptable approach to addressing challenges. A hands-on mentality is crucial as you navigate the evolving landscape. We value individuals who are not afraid to delve into the details.

  • Roll up your sleeves and actively contribute to the development process, leveraging your expertise in C++ programming to lead our most critical tasks and your versatility with Python & software more generally to contribute to innovation across our stack.

What You’ll Bring

  • BS, MS, or PhD in control theory, robotics, computer science, mechanical engineering, or equivalent experience

  • 3 plus years leading medium-sized software teams developing production grade software within an Agile framework

  • 2 plus years experience as a Principal/Staff or Lead Software Robotics Controls engineer

  • Experience deploying and supporting robots in production environments (ideally unstructured or semi-structured environments with significant variability)

  • Proven ability to write highly testable, optimized code appropriate for a safety-critical, real-time environment

  • Significant knowledge of robotics controls algorithms, DSP, simulation, and other relevant technologies

  • Exemplary attention to detail, system design knowledge, and ability to root cause issues

  • Executional excellence and ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams

  • Developed understanding of data structures and algorithms. Ability to writing clean code, leveraging appropriate design patterns, and leveraging engineering best practices

Nice-to-have, but not required

  • Familiarity with robotics and control systems standards (e.g. ISO 10218, ISO 13849, etc.)

  • Experience working with medical devices or in a regulated industry

  • Subject matter expertise in real-time system configuration, networking, and knowledge low-level communications protocols

  • Prior experience with contact-based manipulation algorithms & approaches

Why You’ll Love Working Here

  • The chance to make a difference with a product that will make the world a better, healthier place

  • Being a part of a trailblazing technology company that is anticipated to transform the massage industry

  • A team culture driven by passion, ambition, empowerment, inclusion, curiosity, and fun

  • Super interesting, challenging-but-tractable technical problems to solve

  • We’ll grow together—your personal and professional growth are equally important

  • An environment that empowers individuals, emboldens teams, and rewards achievement

  • Early stage equity in a company led by serial entrepreneurs with multiple exits

  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance covered by us

  • 401k with 4% company match

  • Unlimited vacation, generous parental leave

  • Working late? Dinner is on us

  • A competitive pay + equity plan, the salary range for the role is $165,000 - $210,000 plus bonus

*** Assistance with relocation costs available! ***

Begin Your Aescape Career Journey

At Aescape, we're on a mission to redefine self-care for a better world, and we're seeking trailblazers to join us on this journey. We're inspired by individuals who are passionate, driven, and eager to learn. We value diverse perspectives and resourceful, determined individuals who are committed to making a difference. At Aescape, we empower people to reach their full potential, just as our product empowers better living. If you're ready to innovate, create, and make a meaningful impact, we want you on our team.