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Senior Android Speech Engineer



Software Engineering
San Antonio, TX, USA
Posted on Monday, September 4, 2023

Darkhive is making robotics accessible. We are a startup focused on the application of robotics to the public safety and defense community. Our approach to accessibility is built on three pillars: low-cost, ease-of-use, and open interface design to enable extensibility by third parties.

Darkhive is creating an autonomy software stack that will enable military and public safety users to intuitively interact with robotics platforms to understand their common environment and make decisions when it matters most. In addition to our core software suite, Darkhive is creating a palm-sized, autonomous drone optimized to demonstrate the capabilities of our software stack. The integrated software and hardware solution are key to realizing the product's full potential in our target markets.

The Role:

We are seeking experienced mobile developers with an understanding of building and running Machine Learning frameworks on Android for voice processing. You will create and maintain core user interface software that Darkhive customers use to pilot and interact with our platforms, particularly through voice-based interfaces. Ideally you can walk between traditional mobile development activities while also understanding how to optimize transformer architectures on Android. You will own architecture and user interfaces that infer a pilot's intent in under 250 milliseconds and turn them into actionable commands.

If you want to ensure the "right" system is developed for next-level sUAS autonomy, come help us build a vision of making robots safe, easy, and affordable while performing real tasks for their human counterparts.

You bring:

  • 7+ years of experience
  • Expertise in Speech-to-Text, Text-to-Speech, or Speaker Recognition
  • Strong Android development experience with both Java and Kotlin
  • Experience with Machine Learning frameworks such as PyTorch Lite and Tensorflow Lite
  • Example projects you can point to demonstrate Android development and performance ML execution on edge devices
  • Excellent build tool skills and understanding of modern, robust software development
  • BS in Computer Science, or a related technical field

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Python experience for standing-up training pipelines
  • C/C++ experience to aid in performance on mobile
  • Experience with drone systems and flight control, particularly on small uncrewed aerial systems
  • An active security clearance (this is not a requirement for the position)
  • MS in Computer Science, or a related technical field


  • Phone Screen (30 minutes) - Get to know more about the company and tell us about your experience.
  • Takehome / Project Review at your own pace. No trick algorithm questions.
  • Hire / No Hire - Based on video conference review of solution with opportunity to ask questions and meet the team.
  • Fully Remote
  • Attractive stock options plan as an early hire
  • Fully paid medical, dental, and vision benefits options
  • Unlimited Paid Vacation