Software Research Engineer

Job Description:

Software Research Engineer

Collaborate with Innovative 3Mers Around the World

Choosing where to start and grow your career has a major impact on your professional and personal life, so it’s equally important you know that the company that you choose to work at, and its leaders, will support and guide you. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies and products, 3M is a place where you can collaborate with 96,000 other curious, creative 3Mers.

“At 3M, we excel by combining our talents while leveraging creative and curious minds. This is most impactful when we center our objective at improving the customer experience. It’s a privilege to work for such a great company, with amazing people, and leadership that cultivates a growth-mindset.” – Eric Hammes, executive vice president of Enterprise Operations at 3M

This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military environments to a 3M career.

The Impact You’ll Make in this Role

The Automated Inspection and Measurement group is responsible for fundamental technology development, application investigations, system integration and deployment, and long-term support across many 3M divisions in the areas of automated inspection, measurement, machine vision, automation, and process data systems. Within this group, there is increased emphasis on artificial intelligence and machine learning, particularly in the areas of image classification, segmentation, and system optimization. It is desired to accelerate development and implementation of this technology through integration with existing platforms and new custom applications.

The person hired for the position of Software Research Engineer will be responsible for developing software to integrate artificial intelligence technology into production-ready systems. This versatile role may include building core infrastructure around machine learning model training and deployment as well as developing elegant user interfaces. If a candidate has little experience but a strong interest in these areas, training and education may be available.

As a Software Research Engineer you will have the opportunity to tap into your curiosity and collaborate with some of the most innovative and diverse people around the world. Here, you will make an impact by:

  • Developing software and systems for 3M automated inspection & measurement solutions
  • Working in a team environment to conceptualize and implement solutions across the 3M inspection ecosystem, focusing on areas such as user experience, image-based deep learning, and active/online learning
  • Supporting inspection systems across the global 3M manufacturing footprint

Your Skills and Expertise 

To set you up for success in this role from day one, 3M requires (at a minimum) the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher (completed and verified prior to start) in a computer science, computer engineering, or Engineering field from an accredited institution OR Bachelor’s degree (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution and two (2)years of software/engineering experience in a private, public, government or military environment in lieu of Masters Degree education requirement.

Additional qualifications that could help you succeed even further in this role include:

  • Effective leadership, communication, organization, and team skills
  • Experience working in cross-functional R&D teams to develop world-class systems
  • Foundation in modern JavaScript/Typescript and the Angular framework
  • Basic understanding of the principles of machine learning and image processing
  • Experience developing C# in the .NET framework

Travel: May include up to 10% domestic/international

Relocation Assistance: May be authorized

Location: Maplewood, MN or may consider remote U.S. work location.

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Supporting Your Well-being 

3M offers many programs to help you live your best life – both physically and financially. To ensure competitive pay and benefits, 3M regularly benchmarks with other companies that are comparable in size and scope. 

Resources for You 

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Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at or on Twitter @3M.Responsibilities of this position include that corporate policies, procedures and security standards are complied with while performing assigned duties.3M is an equal opportunity employer.  3M  will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

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