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Firmware Engineer



Software Engineering
Alameda, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Science is developing technologies for a range of serious unmet medical needs. We are unafraid to take difficult technical risks, secure in the knowledge that with a clear understanding of what we are doing and with support from powerful modern tools, more progress is possible than might be immediately obvious. Regardless of role or team, the two most important factors we look for in a candidate are evidence of exceptional ability and the addition of positive energy to the group. As a small, early stage team in a largely unstructured environment, the ability to independently orient yourself to the problems that need to be solved and then follow through is essential.

We are looking for an outstanding firmware engineer with an excellent track record in delivering robust embedded firmware. You will be responsible for helping to lay the firmware bedrock for Science’s advanced medical technologies such as neural interfaces. As is the case for most technical roles at Science, the work is interdisciplinary, and you would be expected to learn a host of new concepts while working with biologists, machine learning, optics and microfabrication engineers.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Architect, develop, test, maintain and support firmware through its entire lifecycle
  • Build firmware for wearables, implants and other medical device technologies
  • Bring up electronic systems and verify firmware functionality in hardware
  • Develop test modes in firmware for SoCs and other electronic systems
  • Work collaboratively across product teams and disciplines to deliver full systems
  • Document and archive all code and work for colleagues to easily follow
  • Prototype, test, and analyze new systems and ideas to assess feasibility

Key qualifications:

  • Experience with embedded software design and programming in C/C++ for development, debugging, testing and performance analysis
  • Experience with both bare-metal and RTOS firmware
  • Experience in firmware development for microcontrollers, sensor interfaces, and SoCs
  • Experience in firmware implementation of test modes on SoCs (e.g. DTM modes)
  • Adept using tools for electronic system characterization including oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, logic analyzers etc to validate firmware running on hardware
  • Experience with full life cycle of firmware development including test and production qualification
  • Skilled in use of oscilloscope, logic analyzer, current meter for hardware bring-up

Excellent communication and documentation skills

  • BS in EE, CE, CS + 4 years of experience or MS + 2 years of experience

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in firmware development for wireless transceivers compliant with established wireless communication standards e.g. Bluetooth, WiFi, LoRa, Zigbee) and over-the-air wireless validation of firmware for wireless interfaces
  • Skilled in using Python for data logging from bring-up / validation, etc.
  • Experience with continuous integration testing and hardware in the loop (HIL) testing
  • Experience with IEC 62304 compliant firmware for biomedical devices
  • PhD in relevant field

Salary/Pay Range:

For individuals hired to work in California, Science is required by law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. We determine your level based on your interview performance and make an offer based on geo-located salary bands. The base salary range for this full-time position is $100,000 – $180,000 annually + equity + benefits. Within the range, individual pay is determined by job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Please keep in mind that the equity portion of the offer is not included in these numbers.


At Science, our benefits are in place to support the whole you:

  • Competitive salary and equity
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Flexible vacation and company-paid holidays
  • Healthy meals and snacks provided onsite
  • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care and medical leave
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Science
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401(k)

Science Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do their best work.

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Science will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.