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Electronic Gadget Builder / Maker - Tactual Labs — Leesburg Research Center
November 12, 2018
Leesburg, Virginia
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Do you eat, breath and and dream electronic circuits? Do you read data sheets for fun? Do you keep a copy of Horowitz and Hill handy for bedtime or bathroom reading?

Then you just might be a good fit for Tactual Labs Co.’s Leesburg Research Center in Northern Virginia. We are seeking a talented and dynamic Electronic Gadget Builder / Maker to join our team in designing and prototyping the technology of the future. This is a rare opportunity for the right person to make a world-wide impact.

Build stuff! Get patents! Achieve geeky glory!

Key Qualifications:

  • Strong background in analog and digital circuit design, printed circuit board design and prototyping
  • Ability to take ideas from other engineers and turn them into working and useful demos and prototypes
  • Experience with embedded programming and interfacing embedded systems and prototype circuits with other hardware and computers
  • Experience with scripting languages, such as Python

The ideal candidate will have strong experience in designing and building hardware and software systems, including:

  • Microcontroller programming
  • (Plus) FPGA programming and HDL experience
  • (Plus) Radio-frequency electronics experience
  • Signal processing and conditioning
  • Interfacing analog circuits
  • Experience in bringing up and testing new circuit boards and designs and firm knowledge of common lab equipment (oscilloscopes, signal generators, etc.).
  • Experience with common EDA packages (schematic capture, PCB layout)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid teamwork and leadership skills
  • Independent, self starter

Key Responsibilities:

As an Electronic Gadget Builder / Maker, your responsibilities will span various aspects of design, prototyping, testing and debugging:

  • Work closely with platform architects and engineers to understand their requirements.
  • Research, evaluate and choose electronic components and techniques
  • Design, build, test, debug and demonstrate electronic circuits and supporting software.
  • Work with outside vendors to create and possibly mass-produce prototype devices
  • Work closely with platform architects and engineers to document new intellectual property
  • Design analog and digital circuits
  • Design and layout printed circuits boards
  • Have the boards fabricated and stuffed
  • Bring up and test the circuit boards
  • Write embedded software that runs on the boards and interfaces to them from other computers
  • Collaborate closely with Tactual hardware team to debug system-level and integration challenges


  • Ideal candidate must be self-reliant, self-motivated and able to juggle multiple tasks under pressure and tight timescales
  • Comfort with resolving complex software, hardware, and systems issues such as board bring-up and integration with external peripherals is a must
  • Strong communications skills are a plus, as success is dependent upon coordinating with colleagues and partners across multiple time-zones

Education: Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate in electrical engineering, physics or a related field. High-performing individuals without a college degree may be considered.

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