01 February 2019

Senior Embedded Systems Engineer, Autonomy

Job Title: Senior Embedded Systems Engineer, Autonomy
Location: New York
Reports To: Senior Engineering Manager, Autonomy Lead

The Drone Racing League (DRL) is the premier, global drone-racing league, and producer of world-class drone sports content. At once a tech, media, events, and sports company, DRL blends a diverse array of disciplines and industries.

Job Description:

We are looking for a Senior Embedded Systems Engineer to take on developing primarily the hardware and firmware, and secondarily the embedded software for DRL’s Autonomous Drones and drone support systems. You will be responsible for PCB design, board bring-up, bare-metal firmware development, hardware/software systems integration, and some embedded software development for autonomous systems and platforms. You will assist in the architectural design, selection of parts and sensors, and will primarily do hardware and firmware development, and secondarily help with embedded software development for autonomous systems and platforms. You should be comfortable working in a continually moving environment, able to deal with problems on the fly and deliver thoughtfully designed highly-adaptable systems. You will be an integral part of the team designing DRL’s autonomous drone systems.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work independently or as a team member to design, build, test, and troubleshoot hardware, firmware, and embedded software for autonomous and semi-autonomous drones.
  • Design circuits, daughter cards, interface boards, breakout boards, PCB layout, etc.
  • Develop firmware, operating system code, and HDL for various systems and projects, including telemetry, flight control, hardware management systems, and primarily autonomous systems.
  • Do hardware/software systems integration, and program firmware and embedded software for acquiring data from various sensors and devices for real-time control.
  • Program OS level applications, as well as embedded processors.
  • Develop bare-metal firmware for embedded processors and microcontrollers.
  • Develop testing criteria and fixtures for design verification and production certification.
  • Assist in protocol design, architectural design, parts selection and project trajectories for our hardware projects.
  • Assist in the identification and implementation of process improvements.
  • Collaborate with a strong team and our stakeholders.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong C/C++ firmware/software development skills in an embedded environment is required.
  • Excellent EE fundamentals is required.
  • Experience designing, debugging, and prototyping PCBs is required.
  • Experience designing circuits, daughter cards, main boards, or similar is required.
  • Experience interfacing hardware and software and doing hardware/software systems integration is required.
  • Experience interfacing various sensors, microcontrollers, and devices is required.
  • Experience writing firmware for interfacing various sensors, microcontrollers, and devices and doing data acquisition is required.
  • Expertise in writing space and time efficient embedded code.
  • High level knowledge in electronic hardware and systems design is required.
  • Knowledge of common communication buses such as I2C, CAN, Serial and SPI, and how to debug them is required.
  • Experience with Oscilloscopes and/or Logic Analyzers is required.
  • Experience programming for Linux platforms, including Embedded Linux is required.
  • Recent experience with FPGAs, CPLDs and a Hardware description language such as Verilog or VHDL is required.
  • Experience implementing a soft-core processor or an ALU in an FPGA in a hardware description language such as Verilog or VHDL is a big plus.
  • Experience with OpenCL and/or CUDA for FPGA/GPU is a big plus.
  • Experience with or knowledge of Xilinx UltraScale+ architecture and/or Nvidia embedded GPU platforms is a plus.
  • Familiarity with Xilinx and/or Nvidia development toolsets is a plus.
  • Familiarity with RTOS, and real-time and priority scheduler implementation is a plus.
  • Basic understanding of Machine Learning and parallelizable algorithms and implementing algorithms into parallel and embedded code is a plus.
  • Good understanding of Computer Architecture, Datapath, Pipelining, Processor Design, etc. is a plus.
  • Understanding of Computer Science fundamentals such as Data Structures and Algorithms complexity analysis is a plus.
  • Soldering ability is a plus.
  • Experience with ARM microcontrollers is a plus.
  • Candidates with UAV aircraft, robotics development experience and/or hobby drone experience will be given special consideration.

Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, or Computer Engineering is required. Master’s Degree is a plus.

DRL offers a compensation package that is commensurate with experience and abilities. Please apply to

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