2022-03-23T12:35:00-04:00 X, The Moonshot Factory
Hardware Lead, Taara
Hardware Engineering
Mountain View, CA

X is Alphabet’s moonshot factory. We are a diverse group of inventors and entrepreneurs who build and launch technologies that aim to improve the lives of millions, even billions, of people. Our goal: 10x impact on the world’s most intractable problems, not just 10% improvement. We approach projects that have the aspiration and riskiness of research with the speed and ambition of a startup.

About the Team:

Project Taara is focused on delivering high-throughput and long-range connectivity via free-space optical communication (FSOC) links that uses light (eye-safe lasers) propagating between two terminals to wirelessly transmit high speed data (upto 20 Gbps). It can connect two points up to 10 km apart and has a few unique advantages over traditional fiber:

  • Avoids challenges associated with trenching or securing permitting rights
  • Costs a fraction of what it would to deploy underground cables & can be installed in a few hours 
  • Operates in the unlicensed spectrum and, therefore, bypasses licensing fees; it is also immune to interference issues that other unlicensed alternatives face

Project Taara is seeking a Lead Hardware Engineer who will be responsible for developing hardware for next generation wireless optical communication systems.  

About the Role:

This person is responsible for bringing advanced wireless optical communication system designs from concept to product. You will lead a multidisciplinary team with backgrounds including photonics, electronics, control systems and system integration. In collaboration with other leads, the engineer is responsible for architecting a cutting edge wireless optical communication system.

The position seeks highly-motivated individuals that enjoy working in a small dynamic team environment, with a passion for solving challenging problems that can lead to high-impact advances in technology.

How you will make an impact:

  • Lead a multidisciplinary R&D hardware and photonics team developing next generation technologies. 
  • Own and drive the hardware design roadmap and hardware technical direction.
  • Responsible for hardware system design, integration and testing, including supporting the building of required lab capabilities.
  • Identify and manage external contract manufacturers and vendors for rapid development and production.
  • Mentor and coach other team members.
  • Motivated by making the world a better place through technology, and wanting to be part of a team that makes this happen.
  • Ability to influence without authority, working with technical and cross-functional teams who do not report into this role to get things done.

 What you should have:

  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or similar discipline
  • 10+ years of industry experience in hardware engineering 
  • Experience leading multidisciplinary teams 
  • Deep technical domain expertise in photonics and electronic design including understanding of the state of industry to set strategy
  • Knowledge in high speed and mixed signal circuit design

It would be great if you also had these:

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, or a related field
  • Experience in photonics integrated Circuit
  • Experience with embedded systems

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