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John Deere Senior Robotics Software Engineer - Test in Urbandale, Iowa

There are over 7 billion people on this planet. And by 2050, there will be 2 billion more... many moving into urban centers at an unprecedented rate. Making sure there is enough food, fiber, and infrastructure for our rapidly growing world is what we’re all about at John Deere. And it’s why we’re investing in our people and our technology like never before! Here the world’s brightest minds are tackling the world’s biggest challenges. If you believe one person can make the world a better place, we’ll put you to work. RIGHT NOW.

Primary Location: Estados Unidos (US) - Iowa - Urbandale

Function: Product Engineering

Title: Senior Robotics Software Engineer - Test - 73485

This posting is for multiple positions located in Urbandale, IA, and Ankeny, IA. The final location is per the hiring manager's discretion. This may be dependent on the successful candidate's background, experience, and proficiency

Visa sponsorship is NOT available for this position.

Your Responsibilities

As a Senior Robotics Software Engineer – Test inside the CTO organization, you will join our team delivering advanced automation and perception solutions to the market. We are looking for someone exceptional to lead efficient and innovative verification of software solutions that use computer vision and machine learning (CVML) for John Deere machines, making them smarter. The types of machines you’ll be making smarter are agriculture, construction, and roadbuilding machines for our global customers.

  • Use a deep understanding of software solutions being implemented coupled with an understanding of customer needs to ensure solutions meet those needs

  • Develop high-quality test plans using automated, manual, and in-field tests so we can fail fast and learn quickly about the quality and performance of our products and concepts

  • Execute manual and automated tests, communicate results, and drive cross-functional teams to root cause and resolution

  • Collaborate with other robotics and test team members across other Deere units

  • Coach and mentor new and early career software and test engineers

What Skills You Need

  • Ownership, curiosity, and demonstrated ability to achieve results through self-directed individual contributions and by inspiring others in a fast-paced environment

  • Strong analytical skills, thrives on breaking down, solving, and conveying complex features/issues to engineers in other disciplines

  • Designing, developing, testing, or integrating products that were successfully delivered to the market/production, especially electrical and mechatronic systems

  • Practical use of UDP, TCP/IP, CAN, or other networking communication protocols

  • Working in a team environment with cross-functional teams

  • On-machine testing at Deere test sites or customer sites

  • Agile development methodologies

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Developing or testing Computer Vision / Machine Learning algorithms through academic or practical work experience

  • Using scripting languages (e.g. Python, Bash, Perl, etc.)

  • Test planning and executing at the component and sub-system levels

  • Working with embedded software systems, especially perception solutions in harsh environments

  • Working in a Linux environment

  • Analyzing complex datasets using programs such as Python, SQL, and R

  • Using vehicles and implements in the precision agriculture, construction, and roadbuilding industries, ideally including direct customer interactions

  • Master's degree or Ph.D. in an applicable field


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Science or Technology related discipline

    What You'll Get

    At John Deere, you are empowered to create a career that will take you to where you want to go. Here, you'll enjoy the freedom to explore new projects, the support to think outside the box and the advanced tools and technology that foster innovation and achievement. We offer comprehensive relocation and reward packages to help you get started on your new career path. Click here ( to find out more about our Total Rewards Package.

    The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of individuals performing the job. The qualifications detailed in this job description are not considered the minimum requirements necessary to perform the job, but rather as guidelines.

    John Deere is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.