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R&D Imagineer Principal (Robotics Software & Control Engineer)

Job ID 364560BR Location Glendale, California, United States Job Posting Company Disney Parks & Resorts Job Posting Area Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted 03/02/2017
The Walt Disney Company is the global leader in high-quality entertainment and innovative technology. Begin a career that delivers unparalleled creative content and experiences to audiences around the world.

”We make magic.” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you’ll help inspire that magic by enabling our teams to push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen!

WDI R&D is responsible for the creative and technical development, as well as application of techniques & technologies that enables new guest experiences. R&D Imagineers wear multiple hats on many projects at any given moment, it reflects the adaptive creative and technical organization, and shepherding the work through R&D and into application. This generally involves definition of the strategic or creative vision, technical requirements, and/or user experience for new R&D projects and may include various elements of creative development, technical application/park & Disney experience. R&D Imagineers constructively disrupt the business and keep 'heads up to solve problems and bring new ideas'.

Imagine, develop and deploy robotics for the future awe-inspiring Guest experiences in Disney parks!

At Walt Disney Imagineering, we imagine and engineer (“Imagineer”) the high-tech-enabled magic that brings happiness to millions of Guests in our parks. We create unforgettable experiences; we imbue characters with life, from the familiar to the fantastic, from the ancient past to science fiction, from the size of fleas to that of mammoths. In the process we keep pushing the boundaries of advanced robotics technologies.

Do you have a passion for robotics? Can you point to successes that set you apart? Do you “own” one area of engineering where you are tops? Then join our team of Imagineers, and let your imagination fly!


  • Lead disruptive development of advanced capabilities for autonomous legged creatures
  • Stay current with latest advances in robotics
  • Deepen your knowledge of complex integrated robotic systems and their components
  • Practice strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Work independently and in highly diverse and multidisciplinary project teams, and with external partners
  • Deploy rapid experimental iterations, with agile development

Basic Qualifications

  • 3 - 5 years hands-on experience with advanced robotics systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge, project portfolio and past successes in robot controls and software
  • Robot legged locomotion, balance, posture, gaits, gait/motion planning, kinematics, dynamics, simulation
  • Motion control, force, velocity, position, impedance, stability, PID tuning, latency, filtering
  • Expert C++, hands-on experience with hard realtime control loops, interfacing to motors/sensors
  • Operating Systems, realtime, schedulers, threading, concurrency, memory management, device drivers
  • Common software development tools, environments, compilers, version control, build systems
  • Communication, low latency in realtime systems

Preferred Qualifications

  • Realtime software architecture development and implementation
  • Localization, navigation, motion planning

Required Education

  • High school diploma or equivalent

Preferred Education

  • BS+MS (PhD preferred) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science.

Additional Information

To learn about the innovative work our Imagineers do, check out the following video:

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