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Cirrus Aircraft Lead Computer Vision / AI Perception Research Engineer in Duluth, Minnesota


Cirrus Aircraft’s Mission is to deliver an aviation experience that is the pinnacle of innovation, quality, and safety to our customers. Cirrus Aircraft is the recognized global leader in personal aviation and the maker of the best-selling SR Series piston aircraft and the Vision Jet™, the world’s first single engine Personal Jet and recipient of the 2017 Robert J. Collier Trophy. Founded in 1984, the company has redefined performance, comfort and safety in aviation with innovations like the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®) – the first FAA-certified whole-airframe parachute safety system included as standard equipment on an aircraft. To date, worldwide flight time on Cirrus aircraft has passed nine million hours and over 170 people have returned home safely to their families as a result of the inclusion of CAPS® as a standard feature on all Cirrus aircraft. Find out more at

Cirrus offers a competitive benefits package and is dedicated to the advancement of general aviation. The Cirrus Flying Club offers employees and their family members the unique opportunity to obtain their private pilot’s license in the comfort of a Cirrus or rent a Cirrus for an impromptu adventure at a greatly reduced rate. We are committed to investing in the future of our employees and company by offering professional development and career progression opportunities and we engage employees by offering several employee and family events throughout the year, as well as the opportunity to take part in activity clubs and community events.

Job Summary:

Define the future of aviation. Join Cirrus Aircraft’s Software team to build the greatest transformation in aviation since the jet engine. Create technologies to bring simple, safe personal flight to the masses.

The Software team seeks highly motivated technology pioneers with a desire to steer and lead perception algorithm development. Successful candidates must be able to work on challenging multi sensor perception problems enabling aircraft to perceive and react to the environment.

Look no further, the future of aviation is here. Join our innovative company today!


Education and/or Experience:


  • MS degree in Computer Science, similar technical field of study or equivalent practical experience

  • 5 years of academic or industry background in computer vision and deep learning algorithm development for detection, tracking, visual odometry (VO) and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)

  • Experience working with and fusing data from a variety of sensors (IMU, cameras, Radar, etc.).

  • Experienced in building effective learning systems from the ground up with data collection, training, evaluation, and making of iterative improvements

  • Comfortable in driving results under uncertainty during the earlier stages of development

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a high functioning team

  • Expert knowledge in deep learning frameworks and computer vision libraries such as OpenCV, CUDA, Matlab, Tensorflow

  • Expert knowledge at least one programming language with ability to write well designed and architected code

  • Demonstrated ability to read, write and speak the English language

  • Ability to work both independently and within a cross-functional team

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office tools (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio)

Distinguishing Education and/or Experience:

  • PhD degree in Computer Science or similar technical field of study.

  • Experienced in optimizing algorithm performance for edge computing limitations

  • Experience in autonomous vehicle system development is a strong plus.

Supervisory Responsibility:


Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Overtime hours may be required.

This opportunity is located in Duluth, Minnesota. As the home to our corporate headquarters, Duluth is a four-season city on the western tip of Lake Superior and was voted “Best Town” by Outside Magazine. The splendor of the largest freshwater lake in the world offers a multitude of outdoor activities for adventure or rejuvenation. The North Shore lifestyle is known its year-round activities, including bicycle and snowmobile trails, kayaking, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, golfing, sailing and skiing. And as a top employer in the area, Cirrus Aircraft was recently named “Best Overall Large Company to Work for in the Northland” and “Best Workplace Culture” by the Duluth News Tribune readers.

Cirrus is dedicated to a drug free work environment promoting equal employment opportunity. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, national origin, color, age, disability, religion, pregnancy, veteran status, marital and family status, sexual orientation, receipt of public assistance, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.