Vehicle Safety Driver
Oxbotica specialises in mobile autonomy and we are the driving force behind many of the UK’s autonomous vehicle initiatives. We spun out from Oxford University’s internationally acclaimed Mobile Robotics Group in 2014 with a mission to commercialise over 130 engineer-years of world leading robotics research. We specialise in mobile autonomy, navigation and perception and our solutions allow robots, vehicles, machinery and people to precisely map, navigate and actively interact with their surroundings. We work with our customers to help them integrate this leading edge technology into their own products. Current projects include us developing and providing our Selenium autonomous control system to various customers from OEMs to the UK Driverless car flagship programmes of LUTZ and the DRIVEN projects.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of Europe’s premier start-ups and be part of the journey to bring autonomous vehicles to our cities, ports, airports, mines, warehouses, and roads. We are searching for people who can contribute to the company, our culture, robotics science and our customers.
We are always on the lookout for exceptional people who really care about getting this tech out there, who really want to make it work, and want to have fun doing so.
Who you will work with
We are a varied and friendly group who are passionate and excited about building new technology. Our team has a vast array of outside interests, including drones, skate boarding, music and spending quality time with the family. We are keen to hear from anyone that shares our passion and wants to achieve a great diversity within our teams.
What you will do
Act as Safety Driver to support our push towards running on-road and off-road
Supporting ambitious field trials and data collection exercises in outdoor settings. This involves travel to test sites and industrial partners.
What we think you will need for that
Several years of driving experience, ideally as a professional driver (HGV, emergency services or Automotive prototype vehicle testing)
Very high levels of concentration
Excellent judgement of live road and traffic situations
Good communication skills, it will be important to be able to feedback your thoughts to the software team.
Flexible approach to work - when the vehicles are not running there will be opportunities to assist with other tasks
Able to travel and support off-site trials
Interest in robotics and computing
Advanced driving qualifications
Experience working with prototype test vehicles
Experience of working as a vehicle technician (mechanical & electrical tasks)
What is local:
Our Galactic Headquarters (GHQ) - galactic since our software has a licence to run on Mars - is in the heart of Summertown, Oxford and you can often find us in the nearby coffee shops for lunch or just having a chat. Summertown is a bustling area with supermarkets, pharmacies, and boutique shops. It is an amazing location to work (and play). GHQ is well-stocked with essentials for sustenance and is just a great place to hang out and discuss the new ideas that shape the future of our company. The nearest train stations are Oxford Central and Oxford Parkway and you can reach GHQ via bus, car or bicycle.
Our workshop and test site is located at Culham Science Park providing an ideal area for all our autonomous creations. It is easily accessed via car or by the nearby Culham train station.