Prototyping Engineer (1-2 positions) - Elemental Machines - SF

Elemental Machines is changing the way research scientists leverage information by creating full-stack data solutions - sensors, software and machine learning/AI. We are currently building a team based in the San Francisco Bay Area focused on rapid prototyping and development with IoT sensors and software to support experimental and early pilot projects with a wide variety of research science market.

The ideal candidate will be someone who considers themselves a Hacker or Maker first and foremost and has a strong demonstrated passion for experimenting and problem solving using cutting edge technology, especially in the IoT space. Given a customer project, they will be expected to work with the team to come up with a technical solution that could include hardware, software and built vs sourced devices, and quickly develop a proof of concept to test with the customer.


They will be comfortable covering the entire stack - building a device, programming basic interfaces as proof of concepts, deploying to a customer site and getting feedback in real time. They’ll be happy getting their hands dirty, rapidly iterating to get to a solution, and doing basic tech transfer to our manufacturing and product team (based in Cambridge, MA) for productization.

What we offer: a fast-paced, fun, intimate startup atmosphere located just south of SF with the ability to learn a number of skills and grow with the company. We’re a small team of talented hardware, software and data scientists who love just making ‘stuff’.

Some examples of things we’ve played with: 
- ultra lower power BLE sensors deployable in harsh environments
- swarm sensor technology to blanket a room in self-locating sensors
- mobile programs for meshing multiple data streams in real time
- a robot for complex feedback controlled experiments

What you will do:

  • Work with team on identifying technical solutions to real world customer sensing problems
  • Create working proof of concepts/rapid prototypes (hardware and or software) and deploy/iterate 
  • Stay current on bleeding edge tech/ build and experiment to find potential applications and projects
  • Support the team and larger company goals when moving pilots into production hardware


Some attributes we look for:

  • Eagerness for problem solving and a maker’s mindset
  • Experience creating or experimenting with IoT devices in either personal/professional life (eg; embedded devices/arduino/etc)
  • Background in or currently pursuing a computer science or engineering degree (or related field)
  • Knowledge and aptitude for one or more of these programming languages: Python, Ruby, Go, Java, C++, Javascript etc.
  • App development experience and deployment, experience with AWS or GCS a plus
  • Independent/self motivator and comfortable with creating order out of sometimes vague ideas
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