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Senior Firmware Engineer

Location: Cambridge, UK
Contract: Full-time

About CML

Cambridge Mechatronics Limited (CML) is a high technology design and engineering company based in the historic university town of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. We specialise in pioneering and developing miniature motors using our cutting-edge shape memory alloy (SMA) technology.

CML’s miniature motors have shipped in drones, wearable cameras and smartphones and we have achieved this through technology licensing and partnerships with global manufacturing corporations.

We have approximately 200 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 motors are smaller 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 the company is involved throughout the entire product development process from inception through to mass production, which provides a real sense of achievement for CML’s employees.

The Person

We are looking for a dynamic and ambitious senior firmware engineer to join our growing team of world-class electronics, control and firmware engineers who will make their mark on our smart actuator technology. The role will report to the Electronics Director, who heads up our team developing leading edge electronics and control solutions for our technology.

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. The role involves some travel to Asia and America to support the development of our actuator technology and solutions.

Main Responsibilities

  • Work within the team of mechanical, control, electronics, firmware and performance engineers at CML to build on the proprietary SMA control algorithms that CML has developed to meet the needs of the market.
  • Specify, develop and evaluate embedded firmware solutions to drive our actuator technology, and support transfer of these into high volume production.
  • Develop and improve the methods and procedures to enhance our ability to deliver successful products.
  • Interface with CML’s partners and customers to understand their requirements and to deliver the assistance that they need to use our products.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  •  1st Class or 2:1 BSc or BEng in Electronic Engineering or other relevant degree course
  • 5 years’ demonstrable industrial experience and achievements
  • 5 years’ experience in embedded programming of microcontrollers
  • 5 years’  C/C++ development
  • Designing to requirement specifications
  • Creating technical documentation
  • Writing specifications
  • Experience in mentoring more junior engineers
  • Defect tracking and peer review

Desirable experience:

  • Use of Python
  • Digital signal processing (DSP)
  • Board-level debug and test
  • Use of oscilloscopes
  • System-level architectural design 

Other skills of interest:

  • MatLab or Simulink experience
  • Assembler-level programming
  • Appreciation of Agile development methods
  • Test Driven Development (TDD)
  • Closed loop control system design and development
  • Transferring new technology into mass production
  • Design for manufacture
  • Appreciation of mechanical design

Personal Skills

You must also be able to demonstrate you are a strong team player, and that you can effectively interact and work with other technical teams. Strong analytical skills and a passion for technology are also expected.

You must also be self-motivated, able to prioritise activities and have excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills.

You must be able to demonstrate experience working in a fast-paced environment, able to assimilate information and requests from customers and partners, and be comfortable with customer-facing interaction.

You should also be able to mentor junior engineers.

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 (33 days a year)
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Travel opportunities
  • Opportunities to work in China
  • 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] alternatively contact our Recruitment Manager Zayd Alansari on +44 (0)1223 450 190 or 0750 7857 190

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