Honda Research Institute USA (HRI-US) is at the cutting edge of Honda's research and development activities. Inspired by Honda's global slogan - The Power of Dreams - we pursue emerging technologies and bring them into reality to make people happy, even as we are engaged daily in highly scientific, pioneering work. We realize that dreams don't co me from organizations, systems, or money. They come from people, and we seek people who have such challenging spirits to work with us.

[Contract Position] Research Engineer (Job Number: P18T01 )
San Jose, CA

Honda Research Institute USA (HRI-US) in San Jose, California, is looking for engineers to work on the exciting future of new mobility domains. As part of these activities, the candidate will collect and/or conceive requirements in the areas of new airborne mobility, as well as design and implement software to support Honda in future business areas such as 3D mobility devices, space applications, or real-time operation of future (urban) air traffic management.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Understand and analyze the state of the art approaches in the areas of (urban) air traffic management
  • Propose and develop solutions and address challenging problems encountered in ATM and UTM areas
  • Collaborate with a global team of engineers and scientists to integrate your ideas on the development of future mobility systems
  • File patents and publish research results

Qualifications:

  • M.S. in aeronautics, aviation, or related field
  • 2-5 years of hands-on experience in real-world applications
  • Familiarity with US-ATM standards
  • Be self-motivated and able to work well in cross-functional teams
  • Strong communication skills including technical documentation, written reports, proposals, development and delivery of presentations, and the ability to listen and communicate effectively
[Contract Position] Software Engineer: System Integration (Job Number: P19T02 )
San Jose, CA

This position focuses on the development and management of modules and code bases for robotic systems. The position involves working with a team of scientists to develop rigorous testing to improve the robustness and reliability of research-level code. The goals include working with a team of engineers and scientists to implement state of the art algorithms on physical systems as well as maintaining and improving existing code libraries.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design, development, and integration of software systems and architectures necessary to realize research prototypes
  • Design and automate module and system-level testing
  • Develop and evaluate metrics to verify the robustness and reliability of proposed algorithms
  • Participate in ideation, creation, and evaluation of related technologies in various domains including traffic scenes and indoor robotics

Qualifications:

  • M.S. in computer science or related field
  • Familiarity with ROS, ROS2, and experience working with robotic systems
  • Highly proficient in software engineering using C++ and Python
  • Experience with version control, unit testing, Doxygen
  • Preference for candidates with hands-on experience in handling multi-modal sensor data
  • Preference for candidates with experience using Open-source Deep Learning frameworks such as TensorFlow or Pytorch
[Contract Position] Scientist: Intention Estimation for Teleoperation (Job Number: P19T04 )
San Jose, CA

Honda Research Institute USA (HRI-US) in San Jose, California, is looking for a postdoctoral scientist to work on intention estimation and behavior generation algorithms to realize dexterous robotic teleoperation combining statistical modeling, probabilistic inference, motion planning, and machine learning techniques.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and validate modeling and inference algorithms for human intention estimation, and behavior generation algorithms for robotic teleoperation both in simulation and on hardware
  • Collaborate with local and international researchers and engineers within and outside the Company
  • Compile written and oral reports for executives within the Company
  • File patents on developed technologies
  • Publish research results at top-tier conferences and journals in robotics as well as machine learning

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in computer science, robotics, or a related field
  • Experience in robot manipulation, planning, and motion control
  • Experience in statistical modeling and probabilistic inference of human behavior and intention
  • Strong programming skills in C++ or Python
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Preference for candidates with experience working with Bayesian methods and Probabilistic Programming  Language (PPL)
  • Preference for candidates with experience working with robot hardware using ROS

Duration:

3 years

[Contract Position] Scientist: Interaction Modeling for Robotic Manipulation (Job Number: P20T01 )
San Jose, CA

Honda Research Institute USA (HRI-US) in San Jose, California, is looking for a postdoctoral scientist to work on the unsupervised inference of relationships among the environment, objects, and actions through observation and interaction, with application to human-robot collaborative manipulation planning.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and validate inference and planning algorithms both in simulation and on hardware.
  • Collaborate with local and international researchers and engineers within the Company.
  • Compile written and oral reports for executives within the Company.
  • File patents on developed technologies.
  • Publish research results at top-tier conferences and journals in robotics as well as machine learning.

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in computer science, mechanical engineering, robotics, or a related field.
  • Experience in robot kinematics, dynamics, and control.
  • Experience in machine learning.
  • Strong programming skills in C++ or Python.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Duration

3 years

[Contract Position] Scientist: Visuo-Tactile Perception for In-Hand Object Manipulation (Job Number: P20T02 )
San Jose, CA

Honda Research Institute USA (HRI-US) in San Jose, California, is looking for a postdoctoral scientist to investigate and implement algorithms that exploit vision and tactile feedback for robotic in-hand object manipulation. The focus of the research is to develop perception algorithms to estimate object states such as 6D pose and finger-object contact states such as slip that can be used by a high-level planner to perform manipulation tasks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Development of multi-modal perception algorithms focused on computer vision and tactile sensing for object grasping and manipulation.
  • Deploy algorithms on a robotic platform and demonstrate their application on a set of tasks (e.g. in-hand repositioning of objects).
  • Collaborate with local and international researchers and engineers within the company.
  • File patents on developed technologies.
  • Publish research results at top-tier conferences and journals in robotics as well as machine learning.

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in computer science, robotics, or a related field.
  • Experience with deep learning and deep learning platforms such as TensorFlow and PyTorch.
  • Experience with temporal approaches such as LSTMs.
  • Strong programming skills in C++ or Python.
  • Familiarity with ROS and developing end-to-end systems.
  • Experience training and testing machine learning algorithms and deploying models on a robotic platform.
  • Experience with computer vision and multisensory perception is a plus.
  • Experience with robotic manipulation, tactile sensing, and grasping is a plus.
  • Experience with sim-to-real approaches is a plus.

Duration:

3 years

[Contract Position] Scientist: Perception of Articulated Object Properties for Manipulation (Job Number: P20T03 )
San Jose, CA

Honda Research Institute USA (HRI-US) in San Jose, California, is looking for a postdoctoral scientist to investigate and implement algorithms for articulated object manipulation. The focus of the research is to develop algorithms to perceive geometric properties and interpret the kinematics and functionality of an articulated object. The perceived properties and functionality are then used by a planner to enable manipulation tasks such as assisted teleoperation and tool usage.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Development of multi-modal perception algorithms for articulated object manipulation.
  • Deploy algorithms on a robotic platform and demonstrate their application on a set of tasks (e.g. use an articulated object as a tool).
  • Collaborate with local and international researchers and engineers within the company.
  • File patents on developed technologies.
  • Publish research results at top-tier conferences and journals in robotics as well as machine learning.

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in computer science, robotics, or a related field.
  • Experience with deep learning and deep learning platforms such as TensorFlow and PyTorch.
  • Experience with temporal approaches such as LSTM.
  • Strong programming skills in C++ or Python.
  • Familiarity with ROS and developing end-to-end systems.
  • Experience training and testing machine learning and deploying models on a robotic platform.
  • Experience with computer vision and multisensory perception.
  • Experience with robotic manipulation and grasping is a plus.
  • Experience with sim-to-real approaches is a plus.

Duration:

3 years

[Contract Position] Scientist: Deep Reinforcement Learning for Dexterous Object Manipulation (Job Number: P20T04 )
San Jose, CA

Honda Research Institute USA (HRI-US) in San Jose, California, is looking for a postdoctoral scientist to investigate sample-efficient deep reinforcement learning approaches to dexterous manipulation of objects. Research topics include incorporation of human expertise through imitation learning, learning from videos, and primitive skill reuse through hierarchical reinforcement learning.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Development of deep reinforcement learning algorithms for dexterous manipulation.
  • Implementing the algorithms in simulation and on multi-fingered robot hand hardware.
  • Collaborate with local and international researchers and engineers within the company.
  • File patents on developed technologies.
  • Publish research results at top-tier conferences and journals in robotics as well as machine learning.

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in computer science, robotics, or a related field.
  • Experience with deep learning reinforcement learning.
  • Familiarity with deep learning platforms such as TensorFlow and PyTorch.
  • Experience with simulation engines such as MuJoCo and PyBullet.
  • Familiarity with ROS and developing end-to-end systems.
  • Experience with deep reinforcement learning deployed on a robotics platform is a plus.
  • Experience with robotic manipulation, control, and dynamics.
  • Experience with sim-to-real approaches is a plus.

Duration:

3 years

How to apply

​Please send an email to careers@honda-ri.com with the following:

  • ​​Subject line including the ​job number you are applying for
  • Recent CV
  • A cover letter explaining how your background matches the qualifications
Candidates must have the legal right to work in the U.S.A.​