Electronic Gadget Builder / Maker - Tactual Labs — Leesburg Research Center
Published
November 12, 2018
Location
Leesburg, Virginia
Job Type
Category

Description

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

Requirements:

  • 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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