Position Description

Software Engineer - Advanced Products Group
Location US - CA - San Diego
Job Code 16-A-119a
# of openings 1
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The Company: Cognex Corporation

With more than 400 patents and the largest team of industrial machine vision experts anywhere in the world, Cognex has set the standard for innovation in the machine vision industry.  But our innovation goes beyond technology; we are also known for the creative programs we have designed to recognize and reward the employees whose efforts keep us at the top of our field.  Our ‘work hard, play hard, move fast’ culture is challenging, stimulating and rewarding.

As we continue on our successful journey, we are looking to add more talented, innovative and dedicated engineers to our team. So, if you are someone who enjoys work because of the sense of accomplishment that it gives you, and if you want to be part of a high impact team working for a financially strong, global company that is the leader in the machine vision industry, then contact us, because working at Cognex is not just a job….it’s a passion!

The Team: Advanced Products Group

This position is a team member of the Advanced Products group, responsible for inventing and developing the most sophisticated Machine Vision hardware and software in the world.  Our software and hardware solutions are used to align, measure, recognize, and inspect all types of products from computer chips to chocolate chip cookies.  Our systems are used in the production of over a billion products every day across many different industries including consumer goods, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, robotics and electronics.

Industrial machine vision technology is used to analyze imagery (intensity, color, density, Z-data, etc.): to detect, identify and localize objects, to make measurements, to inspect for defects, and to read encoded data.  In many cases, products simply could not be made without Cognex’s vision products.  Technology development is critical to the overall business to expand areas of application, improve performance, discover new algorithms, and to make use of new hardware and processing power. Development is primarily done in Python, C/C++ and VHDL.  Engineers in this group typically have experience with image analysis, machine vision, or signal processing. Success in this role has the potential to lead to increased responsibility at Cognex.

The Role:

This small and dynamic group is seeking Engineers with a passion for programming to strengthen Cognex’s research and development efforts for better vision technology development in industrial machine vision as well as those who have the aptitude and interest to work with an exceptional research and development team.

Essential Functions:

  • Imagine, design, develop, code, and debug machine vision software using C/C++.
  • Build efficient, real-time software and related libraries to run either on a PC or embedded platforms such as embedded processors (e.g. ARM), FPGAs, or embedded GPUs.
  • Invent, implement and optimize new vision algorithms.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong programming skills in C/C++.
  • Strong experience with signal processing, image processing, image analysis, numerical analysis, and/or computer vision.
  • Strong experience in object oriented design, refactoring techniques and software design patterns.
  • Coding experience using Python and Matlab is a strong plus.
  • Experience in 3D point cloud processing is a strong plus.
  • Ability to think creatively and systematically to solve hard problems.
  • Creative, motivated and looking to work hard for an aggressive growth company.

Minimum education and work experience required:

  • Five years of experience in relevant, high-tech, industrial jobs coding in C/C++.
  • MS from a top engineering school in EE, CS or equivalent (MS in engineering, science, or mathematics plus strong programming skills), PhD is preferred.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.