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Research Scientist - Safety of Programs and Software Systems - Uber Elevate, Paris

in Paris, France

About the Role

Uber Elevate's Advanced Technologies Center (ATCP) is focused on advancing the state of knowledge in digital sciences, and developing advanced technologies that can help make cities smarter, better, and more efficient places to live and work. Based in Paris, France, The center brings together scientists and engineers working on many exciting topics that impact Elevate's vision of future air transport, including artificial intelligence (e.g. machine learning and optimization), airspace management, sensing & perception, autonomous control, energy management and communication networks.

ATCP scientists and engineers have the opportunity to directly impact the development of innovative transportation in cities, with a huge positive effect on people's lives. Research is conducted in an open environment, with results published in scientific journals and conferences, open-source software platforms, and collaborations with the best universities and researchers worldwide. The center started in 2019 and the team is growing fast, allowing each member to participate in shaping this exciting adventure.

We are looking for experienced researchers who are willing to both advance the state of the art in their scientific domain of expertise, and assist in the development of advanced technologies to build transportation systems of the future. Research scientists are expected to conduct frontier research, collaborate with the best research partners worldwide, advise junior researchers and students. They draw inspiration from the practical issues of urban air transportation and autonomous aircraft systems, and advise on the related technology developments.

What you'll do

  • Perform state-of-the-art research: Design and establish the viability of new concepts for the validation of both embedded and large, distributed software systems
  • In collaboration with the engineering support team at ATCP, supervise the implementation of test cases using real-life data and propose appropriate designs for verified software systems in the field of urban aviation.
  • Establish the ATCP team on safety and verification as a key player by developing collaborations, hiring and advising researchers and students.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with research and engineering teams at Uber and communicate your work to colleagues and management
  • Submit publications or patents, to top software systems and verification journals and conferences

What You'll Need

Minimum 6 years of experience with research in the safety of programs and software systems, and/or software verification.

Please provide the following information in your application

1. Your CV
2. A short research statement describing the problems you would like to address, and how you envision your research being applicable to Uber Elevate and the future of urban aviation
3. A full list of your scientific publications
4. A list of references that we may contact freely to learn about your research

Competencies (tbc)

  • Coding (REQUIRED) : The candidate will develop proof-of-concept and prototype code to establish the relevance and performance of their ideas. Support from ATCP engineers will allow this code to leverage research platforms and data access mechanisms so that the candidate can focus on their particular algorithms.
  • Collaboration (REQUIRED) : Important competence since research is performed in a network: externally, in order to develop and maintain an up to date knowledge of the field; internally to ATCP in order to pursue group projects, and advise early-stage researchers; and with the Elevate teams in California to discuss future technological roadmaps.
  • Execution and Results (REQUIRED) : regular publication of research results is expected.

About Uber Elevate

Uber Elevate is working toward transforming the world through aerial ridesharing at scale:

on-demand aviation has the potential to radically improve urban mobility, giving people back time lost in their daily commutes. Just as skyscrapers allowed cities to use limited land more efficiently, urban air transportation will use three-dimensional airspace to alleviate transportation congestion on the ground. A network of small, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically (called VTOL aircraft for Vertical Take-off and Landing, and pronounced vee-tol), will enable rapid, reliable transportation between suburbs and cities and, ultimately, within cities. Planned for 2023, UberAir will allow riders to tap a button and get a flight in three partner cities including Dallas and Los Angeles.