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Hardware and Firmware Engineer at Vicara

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Location: Bengaluru

Company: Vicara

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Job Brief

We are looking for an analytical, results-driven Senior Hardware and Firmware Engineer who can create complex PCB layouts while using the least space possible. The designs should allow for easy development and debugging for the firmware engineers while keeping customer requirements, cost constraints, and space constraints in mind. Hardware debugging knowledge and soldering skills are essential for this role.

You would also be required to have a keen eye for developing firmware with a low memory footprint and low power consumption while being robust and resistant to errors. You are expected to achieve these goals using your in-depth understanding of the programming language, compilers, microcontroller architectures, and debugging tools. You are expected to keep a look out for upcoming advancements in the industry which will help optimize the product.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Would be asked to write efficient, modular, and robust firmware which will interface with multiple components like MEMS sensors, battery chargers, secondary microcontrollers, etc.
  • Writing clean, readable, and modular code
  • Would be deeply involved in the schematic design for a product which includes a cost-benefit analysis of components, component evaluation by designing a proof of concept, suggestions on how the components should be connected, etc.
  • Collaborate with software engineers who would develop companion applications to the
  • Creating cost and space-optimized layouts for 2/4-layer PCBs
  • Collaborating with firmware engineers and supply chain personnel on deciding the components to be used on a PCB.
  • Collaborate with firmware engineers in designing PCB schematics
  • Debugging faulty PCBs using on a hardware level and collaborating with firmware engineers to debug on a firmware level.
  • Understanding the manufacturing rules of PCB manufacturers and PCB assembly houses.

Key Requirements

  • MSc or Ph.D. in ECE, EEE, EIE, or in related fields preferred with strong technical knowledge and 3-4+ years of experience in designing PCB layouts and developing firmware.
  • Ability to transform research articles into working solutions to solve real-world problems.
  • Should have a strong foundation in analog and digital electronics
  • Should have designed 4-layer PCBs which have been manufactured
  • Familiar with using KiCAD or Altium Designer
  • Familiar with using components like MOSFETs, diodes, voltage regulators, etc.
  • Experience in designing PCBs involving BGA fanouts
  • Proficient in using soldering equipment like soldering irons and hot air guns.
  • Should have worked with an ARM Cortex M series device like STM32, nRF52, etc
  • Familiar with basic data structures like linked lists, queues, trees, etc.
  • Should be able to compile and link source code with static libraries without using an IDE
  • Basic knowledge of microcontroller peripherals like UART, I2C, SPI, ADC, etc.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for effectively communicating with the
    team and ability to present information to a varied technical and non-technical audience.
  • Must be able to produce solutions independently in an organized manner and be able to
    work in a team when required.

Preferred Skills (Not Mandatory)

  • Experience in antenna design
  • Worked with communications protocols like BLE/WiFi
  • Worked with equipment like logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, etc
  • Experience in handling 3D printers
  • Familiar with Python
  • Worked with equipment like logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, etc.
  • Worked on microcontrollers from Dialog Semiconductors, Nordic Semiconductors,
  • STMicroelectronics, Espressif, etc.
  • Worked on projects involving DSP, AI/ML


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