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Engineering Manager - Robotics & Controls



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

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

Who We Are

Aescape - pronounced “escape” - is a first-of-its-kind lifestyle robotics company dedicated to enhancing well-being through fully automated massage therapy. We are rapidly growing and set to launch our innovative product in 2024, partnering with global leaders in hospitality, wellness, sports, and fitness. Our diverse team is committed to creating transformative products that improve the lives of our members and partners.

As the Engineer Manager of the controls team, you’ll lead the development of the low-level controllers and software that enable every motion in every massage.

The Opportunity

At Aescape, we are working to make every body live better, longer. Providing high quality massages to every person irrespective of body type, BMI, muscle stiffness, and selected massage content is a highly technical and rewarding challenge. While building your personal massage therapist, we are actively pushing the bounds of soft tissue manipulation through our control algorithms, sensor fusion, and motion planning. Safety, intentionality, signaling, adaptation, and transferability are all core to our user experience.

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! ***

More on Aescape

Aescape (pronounced 'escape') is a first-of-its-kind lifestyle robotics company bringing people and robotics together for better living. Founded in 2017, Aescape has developed fully automated massage therapy to help hospitality, fitness and healthcare industries meet the rising demand for wellness services in the face of a growing global labor shortage. Aescape delivers exceptional massages: consistent, accessible, and on your terms.

We’re proud to share that we’ve raised $70M pre-launch, affirming what we know to be true: we’re truly revolutionizing the massage experience.

Founder Eric Litman (4 prior exits) is joined by a leadership team from Peloton, Tonal, Amazon, Accenture, Apple, Bird, Meta, and Intuitive Surgical.

Named by Business Insider as one of the top 22 innovative sports startups!

We are inspired by individuals who are passionate, driven, and eager to learn. We value diverse perspectives and people who are resourceful, determined, and have a passion to make a difference in the world. Like our product, we empower people to reach their full potential with Aescape.

Try Once, Believe Forever.

Aescape is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization.