Senior Embedded Software Engineer - Machine Learning Start-Up

Somerville, MA · Job # 8226LK

We are working with an early stage start-up doing work in the machine learning space.  The company is still in stealth mode.

Job Description:

The Senior Embedded Software Engineer will have experience developing and shipping commercial grade software for high-reliability, industrial systems. The ideal candidate will thrive in a dynamic startup environment and have a mix of microcontroller and FPGA programming experience. As a senior member of the team, you will work with a Principal System Architect and the Engineering team to design and develop a scalable, field upgradable, firmware architecture. The firmware will control a complex, fully automated electro-mechanical system with a large number of motors, thermal elements, sensors, pumps, etc.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement a scalable firmware architecture for all hardware modules
  • Design and implement the firmware/control PC communication protocol
  • Support custom in-house PCB development
  • Integrate third-party modules (e.g., motion control drivers)


  • BS/MS in Computer Science/Computer Engineering/Electrical Engineering or related
  • 10+ years of shipping commercial-grade embedded software
  • Proficiency with MCU and FPGA development using RTOS/bare metal embedded
  • Expert C/C++ programming skills
  • Proficiency with Ethernet, TCP/IP and Wireshark
  • Experience with integrating third-party stepper and servo motion control drivers
  • Experience with lab equipment and electronics troubleshooting (oscilloscopes, voltmeters, data-acquisition, etc.)
  • Programming experience in both Linux and Windows environments
  • Proven track record of developing robust code using modern software practices, including revision control, continuous integration builds, peer-reviewed commits, etc.

“Nice to Have” Skills:

  • Proficiency in Verilog and/or VHDL for FPGA programming
  • Experience with PLC systems
  • Experience with Xilinx Zynq® and related tools
  • Experience with high-throughput data processing using high-end, Xilinx FPGAs
  • Experience with high-bandwidth ADC/DAQ boards
  • Experience with EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, Modbus or/and CAN bus
  • Experience with integration of robotic and pick-and-place components
  • Experience with ink jet printing
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