Moss, Norway

Robotics Controls Engineer

Targeted start date: Immediately. Relocation provided.

The Robotics Controls Engineer role involves developing the real-time software stack that permits our state-of-the-art hardware to efficiently, elegantly and deterministically manipulate and locomote through its environment. This is a very hands-on role on a team which is responsible for everything from low-level motor control to whole-body dynamic control and estimation for loco-manipulation. Our teams goal essentially is to abstract away the complexity of a high DoF series of sensors, actuators, transmissions and links such that our humanoid can be commanded via simple, high-level API’s consumed by our teleoperation and AI engines.

1X's mission is to create an abundant supply of physical labor through safe, intelligent androids that work alongside humans. Since 2014, we’ve designed our products with large-scale manufacturing in mind, so we can produce androids at a high enough volume to meet the world’s labor demand. 

Our wheeled Android EVE, is engineered to work with you, from guarding to logistics, and our bipedal model, NEO, is designed to become a household android with broad deployment in various applications. Our products will understand both natural language and physical space, so they can complete useful tasks in any environment.

We’ve established our dual HQ in San Francisco and Norway. Our positions require in-person presence to ensure effective execution and seamless collaboration in our hardware-focused environment. We value passion for our work and encourage candidates who share our dedication to join our team.

Why this job is exciting

  • The controls team is the first user of the hardware so you will play a key role in hardware design and sensor evaluation.

  • There are 30+ humanoids operating 24/7 in-house which you can deploy and test your controls software on.

  • In time, your software will run on 1000's of humanoids performing tasks in diverse environments, globally.

  • You'll be on a team with a large set of responsibilities, requiring interaction with hardware, firmware, AI, platforms and production teams, all working towards building the world’s safest and most capable humanoid robot.

  • You’ll be working with a 50+ DoF biped, with hands, all driven by motors we design and manufacture in-house.

Controls Team Responsibilities
  • Humanoid controls algorithm development for balancing, locomotion and manipulation

  • Designing fast and efficient state estimation algorithms

  • SysID and calibration of actuators, transmissions and full body kinematics

  • Hardware integration and sensor evaluation

  • Tooling for hardware bring-up and debugging

  • Software for robot health monitoring, visualization and logging

  • Building and maintaining API's used by other parts of the software stack to command our robots



  • Bachelors degree in Robotics, Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or similar.

  • 1+ years practical experience deploying and debugging controls + estimation adjacent software on high DoF robots.

  • Solid understanding of rigid body dynamics, linear algebra

  • Familiarity with control and state estimation for legged systems

  • Experience working with large C++ code bases in a Linux development environment

  • Familiarity with modern software development practices, source control, and testing methodologies

Qualities we're looking for

  • Excellent intuition for how controls software impacts the behavior of the robot
  • You enjoy being hands-on with the hardware as much as doing software R&D work.
  • Extreme care for how your software impacts the rest of product, eg. teleoperation, production, deployment and servicing in the field
  • Perseverance and attention to detail


  • Experience with Java, Unity/C#, Python, real-time Linux, ROS2 and DDS

  • Experience with any of the tasks outlined in the team responsibilities section above

  • You have built your own robot and enjoy tinkering with hardware in your spare time.

Interview Process

Introduction Stage - Initial conversations to get to know you better

  • [30m] Recruiter Screen with Win Yu
  • [45m] Hiring Manager Screen with Michael Purcell

Team Interview Stage - we then dive into your experience in more depth and introduce you to members of the team. This is also when you will do a Take-Home Challenge

  • [60m] Technical Deep-Dive conversation with the Controls Team

Final Interview Stage - we move you to our final round

  • [15m] Expectation management with Michael Purcell
  • [30m] CEO interview with Bernt Øivind Børnich, to be scheduled based on need
  • We will conduct reference checks.
  • [15m] Job Offer Conversation with Ralf Mayet

You are welcome to request additional conversations with anyone you would like to meet, but didn’t get to meet during the interview process.

Not sure if this is you?

Studies have shown that women are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet all qualifications. If you’re excited about this role, but you’re not sure if you qualify, apply anyway! You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Our new headquarter in Moss, Norway, is a short train ride from Oslo. The facility is designed to be state-of-the-art, with a variety of 3D printers, an electronics lab, and controls test studio. 1XHQ offers food, showers, and outdoor activities. All employees are supported with a comprehensive relocation package to handle all logistics. Join us in Moss, where performance meets great company culture.

A value driven team

These are the ideas that express our team’s culture and how we work:

Be Nice

Collaboration is our driving force. Our team creates an open, trusting environment where everyone can be their most creative.

Stay Smart

A world-changing team needs the brightest minds in every discipline. This is where people come to work, learn, and grow to their full potential.

Make History

Everything we do gets us closer to one ambitious vision: general-purpose androids helping people around the globe. We believe what we build today will impact generations.

1X is an inclusive and equal-opportunity employer that values diversity. We consider all qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected class. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don't hesitate to let us know during the interview process. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

We're excited to have you on board!

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