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Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Staff Electrical and Embedded Systems Engineer


Job Code

395058 Engineer

Job Summary

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) seeks a talented, creative and enthusiastic individual to contribute to the design, development and translation of assistive technologies as part of a new initiative at Harvard. Reporting to Assistive Technologies Initiative leadership, the Staff Electrical and Embedded Systems Engineer will work

with a team of engineers, researchers, designers, and clinicians to drive the innovation, evolution, and maintenance of a broad set of electrical and embedded software systems. Their work will enable the Initiative's research, product development, and technology translation efforts. The role will involve collaborative projects across different research groups within Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions that focus on high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development.

Note: This is a two-year term position with the possibility of renewal.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

  • Manage research and development efforts related to embedded systems and contribute to software (C/C++ and Python) development across common low-power microprocessor families (PIC, ARM, etc.).
  • Collaborate with researchers on the implementation of real-time signal processing and control algorithms using various sensors and actuators.
  • Utilize an in-depth knowledge of motor driver programming and motor control to develop, optimize, and debug wearable robotic systems.
  • Review and maintain electrical hardware design (understand schematics, probe signals, and debug embedded systems) as part of ongoing system development, support, and optimization efforts.
  • Participate in custom circuit design and PCB layouts in collaboration with other project team members and interface with outside vendors to fabricate necessary components.
  • Leverage electrical safety compliance, testing, and quality standards to ensure research devices seeing regular human interaction do so safely and reliably. Provide guidance to researchers and staff on these processes.
  • Mentor staff, researchers, and students, providing leadership and expertise in the field of embedded systems and electrical engineering.
  • Contribute to the testing of electromechanical system performance on bench top models and on human subjects.
  • Collect and document feedback and identify necessary metrics to measure and optimize various system parameters against functional requirements.
  • Contribute in the preparation of demonstration prototypes, internal reports, patent applications, and presentations.
  • As appropriate, contribute to assistive technology initiative projects across different research groups within Harvard and other premier academic and clinical partner institutions that focus on high-risk, fundamental research and science-driven technology development. 

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent.

Minimum 5 years of experience in research and/or product development. Advanced education may count toward experience.

Additional Qualifications

  • M.S. or PhD in a related field a plus
  • 8+ years of experience preferred
  • Extensive experience with real-time operating systems and embedded systems with hard real-time requirements.
  • Strong organizational skills, creativity, motivation, and communication (oral and written) ability.
  • Familiarity with electrical safety compliance and testing, including IEC 60601.
  • Proficiency in computer programming and electromechanical design/simulation software (e.g. C/C++, Python, Altium, PSpice, AutoCad Electrical, Matlab,)
  • Extensive experience in analog and digital circuit design, PCB layout, and device performance simulation
  • Hands-on experience in prototyping, soldering, and debugging designs
  • Knowledge and experience selecting and programming microprocessors, controllers, and logic arrays
  • Experience with computer-based instrumentation and data acquisition
  • Knowledge of software development in Linux environments is a plus
  • Familiarity with power electronics
  • Knowledge and experience working with manufacturing sources and component vendors is a plus
  • Able to translate stakeholder input (e.g. from clinical partners, technical team, end users, and industry representatives) into high level and low level system requirements
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of phase appropriate product development milestones and end user-centric focus that can facilitate translational research in accordance with technical and commercialization goals. 

Additional Information

This is a two year term positions. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter.

Commitment to Diversity

SEAS is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment. Some of our core values include respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Many SEAS employees are eligible for Flexible Work Arrangements, which may be explored during the interview process. The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard's teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are: educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research; integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning and exploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit www.seas.harvard.edu.

Note: SEAS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Job Function




USA - MA - Cambridge


SEAS^Research Staff

Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade


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EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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