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Working in Universal Autonomy: How Oxbotica hires and trains new talent
Founded by Professor Paul Newman and Professor Ingmar Posner in 2014, Oxford-based Oxbotica develops unique software that enables any vehicle, in any environment, to operate autonomously – referred to as Universal Autonomy. It was one of 15 tech scaleups to join our Future Fifty 2021 growth programme earlier this year, recognising its traction and momentum following its $47m Series B investment round (in addition to $13m in follow-on funding) earlier this year.
The autonomous vehicle company recently added a new and highly experienced CEO in Gavin Jackson, who joined having held senior leadership positions at Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Gavin says that that Oxbotica is “on a mission to make the Earth move safely and sustainably, unleashing the benefits of self-driving technology to every organisation and person on the planet.”
To achieve this, Oxbotica’s “operating system for autonomy” combines elements of robotics, machine learning, augmented reality and artificial intelligence engineering. Its software is constantly evolving, and as such the company is always searching for skilled “Oxbots” to take it to the next stage – with more than 70 open roles in tech and non-tech positions currently open.
In the video below, we sat down with Paul Newman to discuss Oxbotica’s journey and what they look for when they hire, what the company looks for in new recruits and advice for newcomers looking to apply for a tech role.