In March we will be accepting applications for our leadership positions!
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Since being founded in 2015, Ascend has competed with top universities across the globe in various autonomous aerial drone competitions. Every year we admit new members to fill our team of 50 students across several groups, both technical and non-technical. Scroll down to see our positions.
REACH NEW HEIGHTS
Joining Ascend is a unique opportunity to work on an innovative project using cutting edge technology to solve some of the most challenging problems in cybernetics and autonomy. You will also get valuable organizational experience by working in a team. Previous knowledge is not a requirement - all you need is dedication and willingness to learn!
Why should you apply?
Join an empowering environment
By joining Ascend you become part of a goal oriented and technology focused team where we work together with other passionate and skilled students.
Apply theory to the real world
At Ascend you are able to take your theoretical knowledge from the lecture hall into real life.
Combine it with your studies
Several of our members have written their project or master thesis about the work they do in Ascend.
Gain organizational experience
At Ascend you will not only gain a lot of valuable experience on the tasks you are working with, but also with how it is to work in a team.
Work with cutting edge technology
Be a part of an organization that uses and develops state of the art technology within the field of autonomous robotics.
Enjoy interesting and varied work
At Ascend you get to work with what you find interesting, and you get to work with many different tasks
Positions we offer
Hardware is responsible for all physical parts of the drone as well as any other physical systems that come with it. As a hardware member you and your team will develop our drones from concept to final product. During the development process you will use CAD software to design and test different prototypes, learning and applying methods such as strength calculation, generative design, and flow simulation. Drone development also requires rigorous physical testing, including test-flights. We also design custom circuit boards for the drone, including the onboard power delivery systems and battery-packs needed to keep it airborne. We utilize many different production- and design techniques such as carbon fiber infusion and 3D-printing. We do most of the work in our own workshop, but also cooperate with external sponsors and experts. If you enjoy working with design and practical tasks, then hardware is the group for you!
The Perception group gets the drone to sense its surroundings, understand what it sees and know where it is at all times. We use video and data from several cameras and a wide array of sensors. The perception group processes and combines the data so that it becomes useful for the other groups. A large part of the work in Perception is in computer vision, using both classical computer vision and machine learning to make programs that interpret images and video. As a Perception member you will learn about several different techniques and algorithms for signal processing, but most importantly find your own creative solutions.
As an AI member you will work with your group to improve the drone’s intelligence. By developing the logic behind the drones behaviour, the AI group controls the world view and decision making process, both crucial for completing the mission.
Specific tasks our AI members work on include digitally simulating the drones behaviour, and making a finite state machine for the drone. You will get insight into state of the art autonomy techniques, as you program how the drone interprets its surroundings, predicts movement of objects around it and decides where to fly next - all while flying at speeds up to 100km/h.
The Control group is responsible for everything that moves on the drone, making sure that every movement is precise, stable and perfectly controlled. We are the link between software and the physical world! As a member of Control you will become familiar with a wide set of systems on all abstraction levels. This includes low-level software development such as microcontrollers, flight computers, and telemetry. We also use motion capture technology and simulation to analyze and perfect the drone’s movement.
One unique aspect of a Control member's role is actually flying drones, as getting a “feel” for the drone furthers our understanding of the drone’s dynamics. As a member of Control you will be at the center of prototyping, testing and development, which will leave you with a diverse skill set and a unique perspective on drone technology.
The DevOps group is responsible for our internal software, servers, development platforms and automated testing and deployment. As a member of the DevOps group, you will become familiar with running Linux servers, both locally and in the cloud. The group also designs and administers our network infrastructure and data links, keeping all our drones and computers reliably connected, even during flights far from the base station.
In addition, the group will take on their own development projects, creating new and relevant software for Ascend. We also do a lot of fun projects, such as our Slack-connected coffee maker. If you are interested in servers, cloud computing and agile software development, the DevOps group could be for you!
We are looking for a leader for our new DevOps group. You will be the lead system administrator, coordinating the work between the other group members, as well as the tech lead for the software development projects. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience as a technical leader. You should have some experience with Linux, networking and software development, but most importantly, a passion for finding innovative solutions.
We currently use DigitalOcean for our cloud infrastructure, and Google Workspace, Confluence and Jira for documentation and issue tracking. We use GitHub to host our code, and GitHub actions for CI/CD. However, you will have a lot of freedom in deciding what technologies to use and what tasks to take on. Together with the chief engineers, you will decide in what direction to move forward!
As event manager you will be responsible for planning and arranging events that reach out to not only the students at NTNU, but also to press and business partners all over the country. You will arrange stands and performances at events both at NTNU and externally with our partners, and be responsible for our own events such as the design review. Additionally, you will be planning internal events for members such as julebord, and plan our annual trip to the USA! If you’re organized and like to arrange social gatherings, you should apply for event manager.
Our graphical designers create the image of Ascend. You will be designing marketing materials and profiling articles for Ascend NTNU, as well as digital content and collaborating on our newsletters. Furthermore you’ll work together with the rest of the marketing group by contributing to stands and posts on our social media accounts, and get the opportunity to design the outfits that are used by our members on events. Experience with 3D visualization and motion design is a plus, but not a requirement.
Do you want to develop a full-stack, scalable and graphically impressive website? As a web developer, you will be responsible for further developing and maintaining our website. It will also be your job to showcase who we are, our goals and what challenges we face in an interactive and exciting way - perhaps by creating an app or game? You will work closely with the rest of the marketing team to further develop Ascend’s image outward. You will get a course in web-development if you don’t have any experience with this beforehand.
We’re looking for someone who likes strategy and wants to develop our image and social media presence. You will become part of the marketing team and work to promote Ascend online, and also interact with the other technical organizations at NTNU, helping generate interest for the awesome work done by NTNUs students.
The main task of our writer is writing newsletters which track our progress throughout the year. In addition to the newsletter, you will work closely with the rest of the marketing group to produce content for our social media, and various other projects. If you love writing and you’re organized and comfortable with responsibility, apply for marketing writer!
As our photographer you will be responsible for taking pictures of the team, the competitions, the drone, work weekends and other important events. This role may also include taking videos. You will be an important part of the team, where you are needed at a lot of events. If you have a passion for photography, apply to be our new photographer!
Ascend is looking for a video editor, who can create unique and inspiring videos of the many events Ascend is attending. This role may also include taking videos. You will be working closely with the photographer, and be given much freedom of creativity. If you are creative and have competence in this field, it will be a perfect fit for you.