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Status: Open for applications
Embedded Hardware Engineer
- Location | Remote + London Office, United Kingdom
- Summary | Develop, design and test hardware for our embedded devices and systems.
- Contract Type | Full-time, fixed term contract
- Remittance | £36 – £45k
- Start Date | As soon as possible
About this position
You’ll play a key role in Arribada’s engineering team, helping to develop world leading solutions for global wildlife conservation organisations together with our embedded software and CAD designers, helping to monitor and conserve endangered species and the environment.
About our organisation
Arribada co-develops open, customisable and impact-driven conservation technologies for the world’s leading environmental organizations. Our mission is to drive down costs and scale up access to the technologies, tools and solutions we need to solve conservation challenges, together.
We are based in the United Kingdom, operating from our London and Portsmouth offices, but conduct field work across the globe. Our development portfolio includes open source, low-cost satellite transmitters for sea turtles, timelapse cameras to monitor penguin populations in Antarctica and bycatch monitoring technologies to support UK fisheries.
Our clients include the National Geographic Society (NGS), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
We also invest a percentage of our annual proceeds to fund and run our award winning after-school conservation technology programme, Club Arribada, operating in Principe and Cape Verde with the help of our partners.
Your role will be to develop, design, implement and test hardware for our embedded devices and systems. We develop a range of hardware solutions for deployment in harsh, remote locations, such as our green sea turtle satellite / GPS tags or our timelapse cameras to monitor Adelie penguin rookeries in Antarctica.
Our hardware often needs to be able to withstand exposure to extreme temperatures, vibration, shock and even extreme pressure (2500m) for our marine-based equipment. Experience optimising devices for battery-based deployments is desired, as every microamp of power saved through careful design and planning will be of benefit to our end users – therefore we require someone with a rigorous approach to hardware development and a good understanding of embedded software to maximise performance from our devices..
You’ll need to be familiar with circuit design, schematic capture, PCB layout and designing for manufacture, working alongside industrial/product designers to create lightweight miniature designs that fit into the smallest of enclosures.
Some of your work will include meeting with clients and providing technical support either in the field (think debugging devices on tropical islands with no internet (but plenty of green sea turtles), or flashing boards in freezing temperatures in the Arctic within the vacinity of polar bears.
Who we’re looking for
The ideal candidate will be a proactive team player who is keen to take ownership of projects, yet willing to work collaboratively with Arribada’s experienced and passionate team of field conservationists and engineers.
If you’ve always wanted to help conserve wildlife and would like to experience working with some of the world’s leading conservation organisations to co-develop solutions and help to monitor and protect some of the world’s most threatened species, then this is your opportunity to use your hardware design experience to make a real difference.
- System and Circuit Design
- Schematic Capture
- PCB Layout
- BOM management
- Design for manufacture
- Experience in procuring and managing PCB assembly
- Working alongside embedded software engineers to develop integrated solutions
- Designing low power circuitry for battery operated devices
- Version control and fault finding
- Testing and validation of circuit designs
- Some knowledge of developing products that have GPS, LORA, WiFi, Bluetooth and Cellular solutions
- Knowledge of different protocols, interfaces for hardware development, UART, I2C, SPI etc
Qualifications & Experience
- 3-5 years experience in embedded hardware engineering or a similar role
- 2:1 or 1st Class BSc, BEng, MSc or MEng degree in Electronic Engineering
- Experience working in a client facing engineering environment
Nice to have
- An interest in hardware design and development of wireless telemetry devices (Bluetooth, Argos / Iridium satellite, LoRa etc)
- Experience of microPython, Python or general command line tool development
- Past experience developing conservation technologies
This is a full-time position. The work location is hybrid with 4 remote days a week and 1 day at our office in London with the wider Arribada team. The office day can be flexible to accommodate your needs. You will report to the Arribada Project Manager and Chief Technical Officer; you will not be managing staff. If necessary, we will consider a fully remote position based within UTC +/- 3 for highly experienced applicants.
Time: Full-time, 37.5 hrs/wk
Location: Remote-based with one day per week in our London office
Duration: 24 month Fixed Term Contract with opportunity to extend.
Paid holidays: 26 days/yr (based on UK government holiday calculator) in addition to bank and public holidays
- £36k – £45k per year based on experience
- Hybrid working
- Paid travel to Arribada’s field conservation project sites
- Pension scheme
How to Apply
If you’d like to express an interest in this position, please send a copy of your CV / Resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, if you have any questions about this position, please do also get in touch using the same email address.
(Above) Rugged solar timelapse cameras to monitor Adelie penguin rookeries across the Antarctic Peninsular | Developed for Penguin Watch
(Above) An open source ARGOS satellite tag for EDGE avian species, such as the Shoebill Stork & the Philippine Eagle | Developed for the RSPB & the National Geographic Society (Photo
(Above) Our satellite tracked 500ml plastic water bottles can map and track the movement of ocean plastic polution across oceans. Live tracking
(Above) Wide angle, high resolution thermal cameras will provide an accurate means to counting individuals in large penguin colonies | Penguin Watch
(Above) Voice-assisted machine learning will enable Skippers working within UK fisheries to report bycatch events hands-free | Developed for Cefas
(Above) Our open source, low-cost, GPS and ARGOS satellite Horizon sea turtle tags enable researchers to scale up their monitoring programmes
(Above) Low-cost thermal technology coupled with embedded machine learning will detect the presence of polar bear, providing an early warning alert for communities | Developed for WWF Netherlands & Canada
(Above) Sea turtle GPS and satellite tags for rehabilitation centres will enable the tracking and long-term monitoring of injured or released turtles at very little cost | Developed with the Olive Ridley Project
(Above) Active suction technology provides an answer to attaching telemetry and behavioural tags to species such as oceanic manta rays in a non-invasive way | Developer for BOEM & Georgia Aquarium