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] 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

[Contract Position] Human Factor and HMI Research and Prototype Engineer (Job Number: P20T05 )
Ann Arbor, MI

Honda Research Institute USA (HRI-US) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is looking for an engineer to conduct research and create new ADAS, Connected and Automated Vehicle(CAV) applications with POC and rapid prototype.  Are you ready to carry out research agenda for automotive HMI for CAV? Do you have applied knowledge in developing automotive systems from Human Centered Design perspective?  This position requires collaboration with ADAS and CAV research te­­­am, successful candidates must possess the knowledge in Human Factor elements on Automotive HMI design.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Carry out ADAS and CAV feature(s) into user clinics to solicit driver/rider benefits.
  • Identify key human factors research questions and issues from performance and safety perspectives.
  • Conduct experimental design and statistical analysis through user clinic(s) or survey(s).
  • Analysis of driver situation awareness from measuring interactions and perceptions.
  • Create and deploy Automotive HMI on test vehicles. HMI includes all modalities (visual, auditory, or haptic).
  • Retrofit test vehicles with new technologies, electrical wiring, mechanical installation, and software control.
  • Participate with ADAS team on test track for application tuning and debugging.
  • Participate in brainstorming activities to identify research areas and prototype opportunities.
  • Participate in academia research to shape research output that meets Honda interest(s).

Qualifications:

Minimum:

  • Masters’ degree in Engineering, Information Science, Industrial Engineering or Psychology.
  • Have completed minimum of 2 cycles with experimental design and analysis of user clinics or user testing (coursework/internship/co-op experience allowed)

AND

  • Minimum 12-month experience in HCI (Human Computer Interaction) methods.  (Coursework/internship/co-op experience allowed).
  • Minimum 12-month experience in software development (C/C++, C#, other OO languages. (Coursework/internship/co-op experience allowed).

Preferred:

  • Ph.D. Degree in Human Factors Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information Science or Psychology, or Dual degree in Software Engineering with Psychology or Human Factors.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong teammate with record of collaboration.
  • Extremely strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks and self-motivation/ability to work independently.

Other Characteristics (Also Important):

ALL of the following:

  • Be passionate to create and try new idea.
  • Go-getter attitude, self-sufficient, self-starter; stand on his/her abilities to complete tasks.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Ability to expand knowledge by academia research, and/or pilot-clinics.
  • Ability to translate high-level direction ideas into manageable tasks with completion - independently.
  • Ability to complete tasks beyond 8-hours/day - on occasions.
  • Ability to develop new and diverse technologies vs narrowed-focus on single domain.
[Contract Position] Robotics Software Engineer (Job Number: P20T06 )
Ann Arbor, MI

Honda Research Institute USA (HRI-US) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is seeking a passionate and driven intern to play a crucial role on our Advanced Technical Research teamThis individual will support software development, vehicle testing and prototyping, and research application projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research connected and automated vehicle (CAV) related topics such as vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
  • CAV prototyping and vehicle testing.
  • Implement and integrate robotics algorithms into software using C++ and Python.
  • Sensor fusion and software development using GPS, Radar, camera, and Lidar.
  • Participate in brainstorming activities related to CAV application project(s).


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proficient in C++, comfortable in Python.
  • Ph.D. or M.S. student in CS, CE, EE, ME, or similar disciplines.
  • Hands on experience with Linux.
  • Understanding of basic Path Planning & Perception algorithms.
  • Understanding of Kalman filters and particle filters.
  • One year of experience in robotics software development.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for learning new software tools and languages.
  • Robot Operating System (ROS) experience.
  • Basic knowledge of latest wireless technologies (5G V2X, LTE V2X).
  • Experience programming for interfacing between devices, such as analog signal processing and sensor reading via serial ports.
[Contract Position] Connected & Automated Vehicle (CAV) Wireless Communication Research Scientist (Job Number: P20T07 )
Ann Arbor, MI

Honda Research Institute USA (HRI-US) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is seeking a passionate and driven wireless communication scientist to play a crucial role on our Advanced Technical Research team, located at our Ann Arbor, MI office.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research new V2X wireless communication technologies and/or new techniques to improve and adopt existing wireless technologies such as Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC), cellular-V2X, and 5G for vehicle safety and mobility applications.
  • Explore new functions to combine wireless communication with onboard automated vehicle sensors (e.g.: radar, lidar, camera) to improve or create new CAV features. 
  • Collaborate with device vendors, industry consortiums, universities, or other Honda internal departments
  • Conduct both in-lab and in-vehicle test and data analysis.
  • Participate in both internal and external brainstorming meetings to generate new application ideas.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in wireless communication.
  • In-depth knowledge and research experience in V2X wireless communication.
  • Programming in C or C++.
  • Have a passion to create and try new ideas.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Eager to quickly learn by searching, reading, by example and trial & error.
  • Take higher level requests and ideas to completion independently.
  • Demonstrate inventiveness.
  • Comfortable working in a multicultural environments.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Education in a combination of multiple disciplines such as computer science, transportation system planning.
  • Ph.D. degree in related field.
  • In-depth knowledge of wireless communication link design and simulation (example: NS-3, Wireless Insite, …).
  • Ability to interface devices in vehicles at hardware level, such as building wiring harnesses and route wiring between the communication devices and the main ITS platform, design and build simple in-car mounting fixtures, etc. 
  • Familiarity with either telematics, networking, V2V V2I communications protocols (examples: LTE, 5G, UDP, IEEE802.11, V2V, V2I, V2X …).
  • In-depth knowledge of latest wireless technologies (ex: 5G V2X, LTE V2X, mmWave, IEEE NGV).
  • Programming for interfacing between devices (ex: reading sensor via serial port, processing an analog signal).
  • Experience programming within Unix-based operating systems, such as Linux.
  • Programming in Matlab and Network simulator.
  • Does not mind working on new and diverse things as opposed to developing perfection in one area.

 

[Contract Position] Data Scientist (Job Number: P20T08 )
Ann Arbor, MI

Honda Research Institute USA (HRI-US) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is researching advanced technologies in the Connected and Automated Vehicle domain. Our team is seeking a Data Scientist to help us take advantage of in-vehicle, infrastructure-based, and public data sets to inform and improve our research. This role will collaborate with vehicle, transportation and wireless communication experts, global Honda researchers, and academic partners on research projects and real-world trials. Come work with us to make the vehicles and transportation system of the future safer, more convenient, and more connected!
 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Develop SQL queries to extract and wrangle data.
  • Apply advanced statistical and predictive modeling methods including various time-series-based deep learning models such as Long Short Term Memory (LSTM), Gated Recurrent Unit (GRU).
  • Identify data requirements, available data source, and expected outcomes.
  • Recommend and support data collection, integration and retention requirements by assessing the effectiveness and accuracy of data source and data gathering techniques.
  • Coordinate with various teams to implement models.
  • Develop experimental design approaches to validate findings or test hypotheses.
  • Identify opportunities and find solutions hidden in large data sets to improve features and applications.
  • Provide ongoing performance tracking and monitoring of statistical models and recommend ongoing improvements to methods and algorithms.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters or Ph.D. with focus on Data Science, Computer Science, Statistics, Machine Learning, or a similar area of study.
  • Demonstrated experience solving loosely defined problems by leveraging pattern detection over potentially large data sets.
  • 2+ years of statistical modeling using tools such as Python, MATLAB, R, and/or SAS.
  • Experience creating and using advanced machine learning and deep learning algorithms and statistics.
  • Experience applying statistical techniques and concepts.
  • Have a passion to create and try new ideas.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to be productive independently or in a small team environment.
  • Eager to quickly learn by searching, reading, by example and trial & error.
  • Comfortable working in a multicultural environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of industry experience with data storage and analysis tools such as SQL or other big data frameworks.
  • Experience with Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) or vehicular data.
  • Familiarity with either telematics, wireless networking, or V2V V2I communications protocols.
  • Experience programming within Unix-based operating systems, such as Linux.
  • Programming in Python.
  • Open to work on new and diverse projects as well as developing deeper research in a specific area.

 

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.​