- Waterloo, ON
- High impact role in a small, agile laboratory environment
- Opportunity to work at the cutting edge of the smart materials industry
- Flexible, autonomous, and varied role in a multidisciplinary environment
- Competitive salary, commensurate with experience + full benefits including employee stock options
Smarter Alloys is at the forefront of the smart materials revolution. With applications ranging from wearable technology to medical devices, our technology can be found across a wide range of industries, including medical/dental, automotive, energy harvesting, consumer electronics and sporting goods.
As our new Electronics Designer, you will play an integral role in our design process - transforming vision into reality, as you contribute to the design of new applications for our programmable shape memory alloy technology.
We are looking for an experienced electrical engineer/hardware designer - someone with hands-on experience building control and data acquisition systems, as well as the ability and desire to take ownership of everything from understanding requirements of large scale systems, to specifying, assembling, and integrating the components, right down to writing code to support the firmware to integrate these systems.
Working across project teams, you will:
- Design, build, and test electronic prototypes for data acquisition systems and system control
- Troubleshoot open-ended problems in prototyping and design
- Design hardware system architecture as well as program firmware
- Integrate sensors and feedback control on lab prototypes and couple to SCADA systems.
- Design, create, and test custom PCBs and electrical devices for applications ranging from consumer electronics to medical devices
- Develop layouts for multi-layer PCB designs, considering signal integrity, board stack-up optimization, heat dissipation, etc.
- Assist in the development of novel SMA sensing techniques
- Conduct circuit design simulations
- Specify and source components
- Work closely with a multidisciplinary team to integrate electronics in various SMA systems
Every day in this role will offer an opportunity to exercise your creativity and apply your deep technical knowledge to create innovative solutions to important problems.
You’ll enjoy a unique role in which you’ll get to work independently and with multidisciplinary teams. You’ll serve as a leader on our electrical engineering team, providing mentorship and guidance to more junior team members, while also supporting management with critical decision-making.
In addition to honing your skills in electronics design, you’ll sharpen your project management and interpersonal skills, and develop a broad knowledge of shape memory alloys and their applications.
If you are a highly motivated and independent self-starter, looking for a new challenge and an opportunity to make a big impact in a rapidly growing company, look no further.
Working with Smarter Alloys
We are a small, innovative and fast-moving company that is on the cutting edge of the smart materials industry. We have aggressive growth goals and are looking for someone who is willing to put in the work to help us get there. If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you! As part of our team, you can expect:
- A full-time, permanent position working in a state-of-the-art facility
- Flexible work schedule (40 hrs/week) with core hours between 10 am – 3:30 pm
- Competitive salary, commensurate with experience
- Medical and dental benefits, and employee stock options
- Opportunities for professional development
Here’s what we need:
- Experience designing power electronics, analog/mixed-signal circuits, and current controlled applications
- Hands-on experience building control and data acquisition systems
- Experience using schematic capture and PCB layout software (experience using Altium Designer preferred)
- Comfortable using lab test equipment (oscilloscopes, multimeters, signal generators, etc.)
- Ability to debug experimental systems and perform hands-on prototyping
- Able to program microcontrollers (C and C++ required, with experience in Lua an asset) and Programmable Logic Controllers
- Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Computer, or Mechatronics engineering, or college diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology (or equivalent work experience)
And here’s what would be an asset:
- Knowledge of materials science with experience in shape memory alloys
- Experience with data analysis (MATLAB, Python, Octave etc)
- Experience in an agile research and development environment.
- Willingness to learn and try new things, and fail fast
How to Apply
Our online application will give you the option to apply to this role as a complete person – not just a resume. The application will assess your qualifications, personality traits and workplace preferences, and should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. After submitting, you'll receive an email inviting you to log in and view your assessment results.
We strive to build a team that reflects the diversity of the community we work in and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, people identifying as LGBTQ2SI, veterans, and people with disabilities.
We will review applications, with priority given to those who have completed the assessment and look forward to hearing from you.
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