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United Technologies Corporation Robotic Autonomy Researcher in East Hartford, Connecticut

Job ID: 01361835

City: East Hartford

State: Connecticut

Country: United States

Category: Engineering

Job Type: Full Time


Date Posted:



United States of America


RC1: United Tech Research Center 411 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT, 06108 USA

About United Technologies:

United Technologies Corporation (UTC; NYSC: UTX) is headquartered Farmington, CT and is a Fortune 50 company that provides high technology products and services for the aerospace and commercial building industries. Our aerospace businesses include Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace Systems. Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft turbofan engines. Collins Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products.

Ranked among the world’s greenest companies, we do business in virtually every country of the world and have over 240,000 employees globally. Most importantly, UTC develops future business leaders.

As UTC continues to provide products and services to our global industries, the opportunities for top talent will continue to be unmatched. Our high-performance culture attracts the best people in their fields – people of diverse backgrounds working together to solve complex problems for a better tomorrow.

About This Position:

Robotic and autonomous systems are expected to become pervasive across a broad spectrum of applications in which United Technologies Corporation (UTC) businesses are engaged. The United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) has a tremendous opportunity for a hardworking individual to join our team as a Robotic Autonomy Researcher . The person in this role will work in the Robotics Group, part of UTRC’s Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Department. The Robotics Group at UTRC studies, develops, and transitions relevant technologies for intelligent robotics and autonomous systems. This role can work out of our research facility in East Hartford, CT or Berkeley, CA and may require the ability to travel domestically and internationally (up to 10%).

We are interested in those individuals who have pursued a primary expertise in developing and integrating algorithms endowing robotic systems and AI-enabled unmanned vehicles with a range of autonomous capabilities for operations in multiple domains. Those interested in this role should be cognizant of 3D perception, planning, machine learning, adaptation, or control theoretic techniques that are most effective and appropriate for practical implementations. The ability to apply or develop 3D physics-based simulations of autonomous systems and their virtual target environments is also desired.

The ideal candidate will have interest and experience in human-autonomy interaction or semantic world modeling facilitating intelligent planning and control of motion, tasks, or missions with emphasis on autonomy in motion (e.g., for navigating, cooperative sensing, mapping, or manipulating objects in unstructured and structured environments). You will also have a record of technical journal or conference publications.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conceive, identify, and implement rigorous approaches to meet challenges of integrating autonomy algorithms and capabilities supporting existing and new projects

  • Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team within UTRC and including university, national laboratory, and industry collaborators

  • Collaborate with UTRC program offices and UTC business units to understand near-term requirements and long term needs in support of government funding agencies to enhance existing programs

  • Have the willingness to support proposal opportunities and assist in acquisition of contract awards

  • Publish novel research results in autonomy-related conferences and journals

Projects can be expected to involve aircraft and robotic aerial systems, ground mobile robots, and robotic manipulators for diverse applications ultimately supporting UTC business units, Pratt & Whitney (gas turbine engines) and Collins Aerospace (aerospace subsystems).

Applications include new product capability development as well as product manufacturing, service, and inspection.

Education / Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Robotics, Computer Science, or Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace) or a related discipline is required

Basic Qualifications

  • You've completed a Ph.D. program in any of the preferred fields

  • You have up to three years of post-PhD research and development experience with a focus on autonomy technology

  • You are a US citizen or US permanent resident

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with autonomy and/or cognitive architectures and related implementations or standards for modularity and interoperability is desired

  • Familiarity with popular software frameworks and configuration management tools is desired

  • Development of or exposure to ideas for formulating assured and trustworthy autonomy solutions is a plus

  • Familiarity with C/C++, Python and/or ROS/ROS-I will be essential

  • Some experience with embedded software is also desirable

  • Knowledge of 3D simulation environments and programs is a plus

  • You have the ability to travel domestically and internationally (10%)

Additional Skills and Abilities

  • You have an intense passion for technology and an ability to learn quickly staying abreast of cutting edge technology, industry leading techniques and other skill sets

  • You're a dynamic problem solver with the ability to craft solutions to technological challenges with creative new ideas

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential

  • Communicate clearly and effectively with all levels of management, business development, researchers and clients

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively in fast-paced, team environment or independently with limited direction

  • Self-starter with willingness to take initiative, support strategic priorities, contribute to results and take ownership of assigned projects/initiatives

  • Outstanding formal and informal presentation skills


United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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United Technologies Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age, or any other federally protected class.

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