Senior Software Engineer - C++

Shield AI, San Diego, California


Introduction to Shield AI
Shield AI’s mission is to protect service members and civilians with artificially intelligent systems.  For our world-class team, no idea is too ambitious, and we never stop working to make possible what looks out of reach today. We are backed by Silicon Valley venture capital firms including Andreessen Horowitz, have been shipping product since 2018, and are growing rapidly.

Job Description
Are you a passionate and innovative software engineer looking to help develop state of the art AI products? Are you eager to make a positive difference in the world? Do you want to work alongside mission-driven and values-focused teammates? Shield AI is just the place for you!

As a Senior Staff Software Engineer focused on the foundations of our AI software stack, you’ll have the opportunity to work on projects that span the full spectrum of software development at Shield AI and play a critical role in our success as a company!

What you'll do:

  • Contribute to the effort to define and enforce modern software design practices
  • Create tools for trusted launching and configuration of components and processes on our robots and in simulation
  • Develop common libraries for consistent creation of components in the software stack
  • Create standard practices for implementing and defining APIs and communication between components
  • Create tools to perform guarantees on the correctness of the software system and build and test
  • Create common libraries for use by specialized components to ensure consistent execution of common actions
  • Contribute to the CI toolchain to verify the correctness of code, scripts, and configuration files

Projects you might work on:

  • Designing a modern approach to managing the launch and configuration of a complex system
  • Design and develop multi-agent communications solutions
  • Support development of middleware for autonomous robotic systems
  • Develop tools to test the correctness of multi-threaded and multi-processed code

People we're looking for have the following required education and experience:

  • 5+ years of professional work experience as a software engineer
  • BS in Computer Science or equivalent degree
  • Experience with contributing to large and complex software projects
  • Experience with multi-threaded C++ programming


  • Modern C++ (14 or later)
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Software architecture
  • Concurrency
  • Communication protocols
  • Testing (Googletest, Nose, etc.)
  • Debugging (GDB, etc.)
  • Build systems (Bazel, CMake, etc.)
  • Git
  • Agile
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work hard, be a trustworthy teammate, hold yourself and others to high standards, and be kind to others

Preferred skills/experience:

  • Experience with robotics
  • Experience with ROS
  • Experience with middleware or communications
  • Experience with RTOS
If you're interested in being part of an engineering team that works hard, loves to have fun, and is working on some truly meaningful, challenging work; apply now and we can chat further!

Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

To conform to U.S. Government regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

About Shield AI

Our mission is to protect service members and innocent civilians with artificially intelligent systems. Shield AI is the home of Hivemind, an artificial intelligence which enables robots to see, reason about, and search the world. Shield AI’s first product, Nova, is a Hivemind-powered robot that searches buildings while simultaneously streaming video and building maps. We tackle the world’s most daunting challenges with world-changing ideas, creating resilient artificially intelligent systems for a safer and more secure world. Breaking technological ground in service to human life. Our incredible team is built of scientists, engineers and business leaders driven to make a difference. We come to work each day ready to push technology’s boundaries, to serve the Shield mission and to support one another as together we create a company built to lead -- and to last.

Shield AI

Want to learn more about Shield AI? Visit Shield AI's website.