The Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is seeking an enthusiastic individual to contribute to the design and construction of embedded electrical systems, instrumentation, and components for wearable robotic applications.
Reporting to the Staff Lead and Faculty PI, the Staff Embedded Systems Hardware/Firmware Engineer will work with a team of engineers, researchers, designers, and clinicians to drive the innovation, evolution, and maintenance of a broad set of electrical systems. Their work will enable the team's research, product development, and technology translation efforts. The role will involve collaborative projects within Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions that focus on high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of our group is to translate the technologies into commercial products through industry partnerships and start-up companies.
More specifically, the successful candidate will:
Conduct collaborative research and development related embedded systems and contribute to software (C/C++) development across common low-power microprocessor families (PIC, ARM, etc.)
Design and implement real-time signal processing and control algorithms using various sensors and actuators
Utilize an in-depth knowledge of motor driver programming and motor control to develop, optimize, and debug wearable robotic systems.
Review electrical hardware design (understand schematics, probe signals, and debug embedded systems) as part of new system development and optimization efforts.
Participate in custom circuit design and PCB layouts in collaboration with other project team members and interface with outside vendors to fabricate necessary components.
Contribute to the testing of electromechanical system performance on bench top models and on human subjects.
Collect and document feedback and identify necessary metrics to measure and optimize various system parameters against functional requirements.
Contribute in the preparation of demonstration prototypes, internal reports, patent applications, and presentations.
This is a term position until June 30, 2020 with the possibility of renewal.
The mission of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is to transform human healthcare and the environment by emulating the way nature builds. Developed as an alliance between Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions, Institute faculty and staff collaborate in high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. A major focus of the Institute is to translate the technologies developed by its faculty and staff into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators and establishment of corporate alliances and launching startup companies. For more information, visit: http://wyss.harvard.edu/.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent
Minimum 2 years of experience in research and/or product development. Advanced education may count toward experience.
5+ Years of experience preferred
M.S. or PhD in related field with a focus on robotics and circuit design preferred
Extensive experience in analog and digital circuit design, PCB layout, and device performance simulation
Hands-on experience in prototyping, soldering, and debugging designs
Knowledge and experience selecting and programming microprocessors, controllers, and logic arrays
Experience with computer-based instrumentation and data acquisition
Proficiency in computer programming and electromechanical design/simulation software (e.g. C/C++, Altium, PSpice, AutoCad Electrical, Matlab)
Previous experience in robotics, medical device design, human interface design, quality systems, and/or electrical safety testing are highly desirable.
Knowledge and experience working with various tooling/manufacturing sources and component vendors is a plus
Knowledge of industry standards (part choice, safety regulations, EMC requirements, engineering documentation) is preferred
Strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation, and communication (oral and written) ability
Able to translate stakeholder input (e.g. from clinical partners, technical team, end users, and industry representatives) into high level and low level system requirements
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 50805BR
About Harvard University Medical School
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