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The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University seeks a talented, creative and enthusiastic individual to contribute to the design and construction of various low-power embedded electrical systems, instrumentation and components for wearable robotic applications. Reporting to the Bioinspired Robotics Platform Lead and working closely with the Platform Faculty, the Staff Electrical Engineer will develop functional and technical requirements with an engineering and biomechanics team and interpret these into system specifications and prototypes. More specifically, the successful candidate will:
Create custom circuit designs and PCB layouts in collaboration with other project team members and interface with outside vendors to fabricate necessary components.
Possess and utilize and in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of electrical systems related to low-power circuits, motor driver design, and motor control.
Possess an in-depth knowledge of electronics for real-time distributed communication.
Possess and utilize an in-depth knowledge of embedded C/C++ programming, in particular on real-time control and signal processing, wired and wireless communication and data logging.
Optimize electrical components to improve performance to weight, durability, efficiency and robustness.
Test electrical system performance on bench top models and during lab-based and field - based human subjects testing experiments.
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.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
B.S. in Electrical Engineering or related degree required. 4+ years of experience in research and/or product development. Advanced education may count toward years' experience.
M.S. or PhD in Electrical Engineering with a focus on robotics and circuit design preferred. Extensive experience in analog and digital circuit design, PCB layout, and device performance simulation. Experience in the development of low power, embedded circuits, wired (CAN) and wireless communications, battery management, motor control, use of sensors and transducers, and microprocessors and controllers. 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. Background in embedded control systems and signal processing (analog and digital). Proficiency in computer programming and electromechanical design/simulation software (e.g. C++, Orcad, 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 engineering documentation and lab procedures. Strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation, and communication (oral and written) ability. Willing to tackle multiple projects simultaneously in a dynamic team environment. Strong commitment to educating and mentoring students and postdoctoral fellows.
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.
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