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2020-03-04T13:35:17-05:00 X, The Moonshot Factory
Sensor Fusion Hardware Engineer, Early Stage Project, X

Hardware Engineering

Mountain View, CA

We're an early stage team at X with a growing, interdisciplinary portfolio. To prove our path to the moon, we make early contact with the real world through both internal and external partnerships.

About the role:

Our team is looking for a sensor-fusion Hardware Engineer motivated by a desire to make a difference in the world, and apply their expertise to specific problems this team is trying to solve. Hardware Engineers at X work closely with Research Scientists and Software Engineers to discover, invent, solve and prototype. From rapid prototype to beta-in the wild development, Hardware Engineers are expected to be capable of the full range of capabilities from circuit design to board bring up to firmware development & testing.    

You will help design and build novel biosensors within this early stage team. You will have the opportunity to work on products ranging from early explorations to more mature pre-product workstreams. X has resources, problems and data impossible to find elsewhere and maintains connections both with academic institutions and other research teams inside Alphabet.

You should have a strong grasp of analog circuit and electrical engineering fundamentals. Your experience with hands-on hardware bring-up, debugging, and functional verification should have honed an intuition on the best paths forward to achieve stated goals. Your depth of expertise in electronic design, primarily analog and some digital, as well as PCB design and fabrication will serve you well.   Demonstrating strong analytical ability, attention to detail will be instrumental to success.

How you will make 10x impact:

  • Develop and maintain comprehensive, multi-functional sensor system models in conformance with product design specs and human factors decisions
  • Design, build and test novel, highly synchronized biosensors with extremely low noise floors & battery consumption
  • Lead cross disciplinary team reviews for feature definition, block-level simulation, and spec authorship of sensor modules
  • Author module architecture specifications based on first principles analysis
  • Analyze engineering and production data sets in order to reconcile system models with real-world measurements
  • Collaborate with the research scientists and UX to ensure performance meets user experience requirements
  • Work closely with the mechanical engineering team in optimizing material and mechanical design trade-offs
  • Author regular technical communication for executive and cross-functional briefings
  • Design analysis, characterization, and validation of complex sensor systems
  • Provide leadership on documentation, tools and processes

What you should have: 

  • BS degree with 10+ years of Electrical Engineering experience, including early-stage firmware development for biosensors
  • Hands-on ability and lab expertise to perform electrical / mechanical assembly for quick prototypes
  • Deep experience in consumer wearables domain working with constraints of product design and human factors
  • Demonstrated track record of developing electronics throughout product cycle: from requirements negotiation, to architecture definition, design, production, and support
  • Experience with C++ and Python, Computer Aided Design and Engineering tools

It’d be great if you also had these: 

  • MSEE or PhDEE or equivalent, or BSEE with 15+ years of experience
  • Leadership experience in product development and pipeline management
  • Patent portfolio that has had proven impact
  • Delivered finished designs to scaled volume production
  • Successfully miniaturized SoC design for wearable hardware

About X, the moonshot factory

X creates radical new technologies to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. We develop uncomfortably ambitious, potentially world-changing new ideas such as self-driving cars, balloon-powered Internet and smart contact lenses. We’re a team of makers, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers and scientists with deep technical expertise who love the challenge of the seemingly impossible. We believe that a culture of psychological safety creates the foundation of trust and respect necessary to build moonshots. X was formerly known as Google[x] and is part of Alphabet.

At X, we don't just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

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