Head of Mapping and Localization, (Level 4 Autonomous Driving Startup)

Toronto, ON M6C 1R3

Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Director - Mapping & Localization Job Number: 1778

Job Description

We're recruiting a Head of Mapping & Localization for a Silicon Valley-based Autonomous Vehicles tech company that's opened a new product development Toronto site. If you're a team lead, manager or director in the robotics or autonomous vehicle industry, check this opportunity out as it's a unique chance to join an AV startup that is about to take off and is committed to growing their Toronto site. Oh and they have real and major customers in production. 



  • Real opportunity to commercialize AV - they solve real problems and have real customers, contracts, and revenues with some of the biggest global enterprises. 

  • Industry-leading team in robotics and AI that have worked successfully together in a distributed team model.

  • Become one of the key Toronto-based leaders & help establish the company as a leader in the Toronto AV community.

  • Collaborate with leading research teams @ U of Waterloo  and U of Toronto.



  • Research, develop and implement algorithms to solve large-scale mapping and real-time localization problems for our fleet of autonomous vehicles

  • Develop auto and semi-auto labeling and mapping tools

  • Analyze and architect safety and redundancy in the localization system

  • Build and improve map creation process

  • Benchmark and validate localization algorithms for final deployment on the vehicles



  • Master's or Ph.D. degree in CS, Robotics or related field

  • Excellent software development skills in C/C++ and/or Python

  • Minimum of 3 years industry work experience in mapping and localization

  • Experience working on the full stack of a robotics system

  • Experience with pose estimation, nonlinear optimization, probabilistic filtering, and 3D data

  • Proven system integration and software architecture skills

  • Experience with distributed frameworks (MapReduce, Spark)


Bonus Points:

  • Knowledge of SLAM, point cloud registration, GNSS/INS

  • Experience with Docker

  • Knowledge and experience working with IMU, GPS, lidars, radars, and camera sensor data

  • 5+ years industry work experience

  • Familiarity with distributed processing of large-scale data

  • Publications in your field (especially CVPR, ICCV, RSS, ICRA)


Apply today or contact Wendy Firestone, Director Talent, at wendy AT grossmandorland DOT com to learn more.



About gdR

Founded in 2007, gdR’s mission is to grow the leadership capacity and capabilities of people and companies in the Canadian tech ecosystem through executive search, team recruiting and leadership development. We’re actively involved in the community by creating opportunities for people to connect and learn from one another e.g. Canadian Tech at Scale (in partnership with Shopify & Uber ATG), which brings 200+ engineering leaders together.  gdR values inclusion in Canada’s tech ecosystem and partners with employers that provide equal opportunities for individuals from diverse groups. If you’re interested in moving to Canada, although we can’t sponsor you, we have put together resources to help you with your journey.  Follow gdR on LinkedIn and Twitter updates on new roles in tech.

Meet Your Recruiter

Wendy Firestone
Director, Talent

Wendy has been an integral part of the gdR team since 2008. Wendy's focus is executive searches ranging from Manager to C level across product, design, data.

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