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Control Engineer

Location: Cambridge, UK
Contract: Full-time

About CML

Cambridge Mechatronics Limited (CML) is a multi-disciplinary company, developing camera module solutions utilising our cutting-edge shape memory alloy (SMA) technology. Our technology is shipping in top tier flagship smartphones, as well as inside drones, wearable devices, and other consumer products.

We have approximately 650 granted and pending patents based around our platform technology, which allows the control, positioning and movement of smart materials with high precision.

CML’s SMA wire is thinner than the width of a human hair and can be positioned with the accuracy of the wavelength of light. CML is the only company in the world to master and control these materials with such exceptional accuracy.

The work environment at CML is stimulating and exciting, as we are involved throughout the entire product development process from inception through to mass production, which provides a real sense of achievement for our employees.

About you

We are looking for a dynamic and ambitious engineers to join our growing team of world-class engineers who will make their mark on our smart actuator technology. The role will report to the Algorithm Development Group Manager who heads up our team responsible for our control solutions.

We are looking for someone who is passionate, interested and interesting. You will need to be able to play a significant role in a highly skilled team, prioritising activities, balancing long and short-term objectives and finding efficient ways to solve problems.

You will enjoy being a hands-on problem solver, given a problem to solve, you will own your work to go from gathering measurements to characterise the issue, propose a solution, prototype the solution, evaluate its effectiveness and communicate your work to stakeholders at all levels.

This role offers opportunities for travel to interact with our partners around the world.

Main responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively within the team of mechanical, control, electronics, firmware engineers and physicists at CML to build on the proprietary SMA actuator system and control algorithms that CML has developed to meet the needs of the market.

  • Become a subject matter expert in the control and design of SMA devices.

  • Contribute to the development of new products based on CML’s existing technologies & expand the company’s portfolio through:

    • Participating in concept generation for new mechanical designs.

    • Developing control solutions for new designs based on existing solutions and making any necessary additions/ improvements.

    • Prototyping new solutions (in simulation or firmware)

    • Hands on testing new mechanical designs & tuning their control.

    • Developing new test capabilities where no solution currently exists.

    • Setting product specifications to meet market needs.

    • Participate in marketing new designs to manufacturers.

  • Improve on CML’s existing technologies to keep the company at the forefront of miniature actuator solutions.

Essential skills and experience

  • A good degree in Engineering/Physical Science

  • Previous experience in developing technology or technology transfer

  • Strong skills in experimental design and analysis

  • Experience contributing to real time micro controllers in C.

  • Experience developing control solutions.

  • Strong software skills, in at least one of C, C#, MATLAB and Python.

  • A working understanding of electronics hardware

  • A working understanding of mechanical systems and experience in testing them

Desirable skills and experience

  • Experience delivering control solutions in a commercial setting – preferably in consumer electronics.

  • > 2 years developing control solutions in a commercial setting.

  • Formal education in control and control theory.

  • Experience of delivering into manufacturing environments.

  • Contribution to version controlled software/firmware projects, preferably using Git.

Personal Skills

Able to demonstrate you are a strong team player and can effectively interact and work with other technical teams. Strong analytical skills and a passion for technology are also expected.

Self-motivated, able to prioritise activities and allocation of resource and have excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Experience of working in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment, with the ability to assimilate information and requests from multiple sources is essential.

CML offers

We have roles that you can help define and mould to your skills and ambitions within a multi-disciplinary team. We are happy to accommodate individuals with different skill sets and you will have the opportunity to make an important contribution to a dynamic and fast growing company with a global reach. Your salary package will be very competitive and dependent upon relevant academic and industrial experience.

  • Competitive salary
  • Training by world leading experts
  • 25 holidays plus public holidays (a total of 33 days a year)
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Travel opportunities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Regular social and team events
  • Lunchtime leisure activities (tennis/table tennis/gaming)
  • Shower facilities
  • Free fruit, breakfast cereal, tea and freshly ground coffee daily

Please send your CV and covering letter to our Human Resources team at: [email protected]

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