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Senior Robotics Engineer

Date: Jun 24, 2022

Location: Urbandale, Iowa, US, 50322

Company: John Deere

At John Deere, we run so life can leap forward. This powerful purpose is our promise to humankind that we will dream, design and deliver breakthrough products that sustain our world for generations to come. The world is counting on us to feed billions of people and build vital infrastructures in villages, towns, and megacities. We live up to the legacy our founder forged in a one-room blacksmith's shop nearly two centuries ago by creating a culture that brings out the best in all of us. A culture where great ideas thrive because every voice is heard.


John Deere is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


Primary Location: United States (US) - Iowa  - Urbandale  
Function: Engineering (CA)
Title: Senior Robotics Engineer - 85995 

Onsite/Remote: Partial Remote Position 


Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.  

Your Responsibilities

As a Senior Robotics Software Engineer of Automation & Autonomy Solutions, for the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG-Urbandale), you will be a perception common feature technical lead for software embedded solutions interfacing to the vehicle system to support robotic products that use perception sensing and cameras to utilize machine learning or image processing.  In addition, you will:

  • Be a lead robotics core software engineer for supporting and integrating new image processing features that are intended to be re-used and leveraged by several application project opportunities. This role involves solution design and software implementation for various applications that utilize image processing, controls, and machine learning.
  • Provide overall engineering direction, priority, best practices, and software quality reviews for other ISG software developers.
  • Ensure that the processes are understood and are being executed on Product Delivery Programs as expected.
  • Provide technical leadership to employees within the team.
  • Assist in the resolution of complex technical issues within the department as they arise.
  • Maintain a high-performance work culture.

What Skills You Need

  • Two or more years of experience developing and testing C or C++ software algorithms for embedded solutions.
  • Two or more years of experience working with Computer Vision, Machine Learning, or Stereo solutions.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, up to 25% (both domestic or internationally)

What Makes You Stand Out


  • Experience developing Linux software applications
  • Experience or training with multi-threaded systems 
  • Experience with Camera to Vehicle Calibration Methods or Stereo from AI Methods 
  • Experience in scripting languages (e.g. Python, Bash, etc.)  
  • Experience with UDP, TCP/IP, CAN networking communication protocols 
  • Experience with Functional Safety Software Designs and Safe Operating Systems such as Safe RTOS 
  • Experience using Qt, OpenGL, SQL, or GIS software libraries 
  • Experience with Test Driven Development (TDD) and software test automation 
  • Experience with Agile software development processes 
  • Experience and expertise with C++ (including modern C++ syntax, patterns, practices) 
  • Experience with Computer Vision Machine Learning software development 


Ideally you will have a degree or equivalent related work experience in the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering, Science or Technology related discipline   (Required)



What You'll Get

At John Deere, you are empowered to create a career that will take you to where you want to go while working in an inclusive team environment. Here, you'll enjoy the freedom to explore new projects, the support to think outside the box and the advanced tools and technology that foster innovation and achievement. Additionally, we offer a comprehensive reward package to help you get started on your new career path, including:



  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Highly competitive base pay and performance bonuses
  • Savings & Retirement benefits (401k and Defined Benefit Pension)
  • Healthcare benefits with a generous company contribution in the Health Savings Account
  • Adoption assistance
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Tuition assistance
  • Fitness subsidies and on-site gyms at specific Deere locations
  • Charitable contribution match
  • Employee Purchase Plan & numerous discount programs for personal use




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The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of individuals performing the job. The qualifications detailed in this job description are not considered the minimum requirements necessary to perform the job, but rather as guidelines.


The terms of the applicable benefit plans, and all company actions administering or interpreting these plans, continue to control.  Deere & Company reserves the right to suspend, amend, modify, or terminate the Plan(s) in any manner at any time, including the right to modify or eliminate any cost-sharing between the company and participants. Changes, which can be made at any time, are made by action of the company’s board of directors, or to the extent authorized by resolution of its board of directors, or by the Deere & Company Compensation Committee. In the event of a conflict between the language of the official Plan Documents and this document, the language of the official Plan Documents will control.

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