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Development Engineer - Hardware and Firmware

Location: Bracknell, Berkshire, rg12 9bg
Salary range: £20,000.00 to £35,000.00
Status: Permanent
Type: Full time
Posted date: 28/01/2013 12:00

Job description:

Development Engineer - Hardware and Firmware


Smart Fibres is a growing and dynamic technology Company pre-eminent in the field of optical fibre sensing. Using a mix of technologies we develop products and systems, which give clients critical information about equipment in inaccessible places and often in extreme conditions. Applications for our products have been found in many markets including Oil & Gas, Wind Power, Marine and Aerospace.


Our projects range from the simple supply of catalogue products, to the development and supply of complete mechanical, optical and electronic systems to customer specifications.


We are looking to recruit a Development Engineer with skills in Hardware and Firmware design to join our engineering team. The successful candidate will have opportunities to expand their skills portfolio into other areas such as embedded software design and PC level application design.


Salary: from £20K to £35K dependent on experience

The Role


Suitable candidates will have at least 1 year’s experience in electronic engineering or other similar discipline. This is a development role, and the individual would reinforce the Smart Fibres engineering team and contribute to delivering our internal development roadmap.


Principal responsibilities: 

o    Contributing to the design, documentation, release, test and debugging of the VHDL firmware for FPGA devices

o    Designing, releasing, testing and debugging of digital or analogue electronic circuits.

o    Liaising with key suppliers for the manufacturing of such circuits


Secondary responsibilities:

o    Contributing to the writing, testing, documenting and maintaining of embedded software

o    Contributing to the writing, testing, documenting and maintaining of PC based interface software for the company’s instrumentation products.


Essential skills and attributes:

o    Qualified to degree level in electronics engineering or related discipline

o    Hardware design using CAD tools, preferably Altium Designer.

o    Knowledge of DAC, ADC, amplifiers, power converters, feedback control

o    Interfacing to FPGA chips.

o    VHDL Firmware development with Xilinx and Altera.

  • Good interpersonal skills, effective team player.
  • Able to work to deadlines

o    Fluent English speaker


Desirable skills and attributes, some of the following would be advantageous:

o    PCB layout skills

o    Embedded software development in C/C++

o    Familiarity with embedded Linux

o    LabView interface development

o    Signal processing

o    Experience in Mechanical Engineering

  • Good reporting skills
  • Good attention to detail

o    Willing to take a hands-on approach

o    Highly numerate, computer literate, commercially astute


For the right candidate a challenging role within an exciting and rewarding environment awaits, and opportunity exists for career advancement within the Company.

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