Embedded Software Engineer - 6mth contract - Essex

Software & Electronics
Ref: 344 Date Posted: Tuesday 22 Oct 2019
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Our Client designs world-leading, clinically-advanced, precision technologies that enable healthcare professionals, to ‘peer’ inside the body, using endoscopic procedures. By focusing on early detection and minimally invasive treatment of a broad range of diseases, they focus on improving patient care quality every day.


Currently, they are looking for a Senior Embedded Software Engineer to work with the Medical Research & Development team within the Research and Development Group designing, developing and introducing new products – specifically related to electronics & embedded software for mechatronic based Medical Endoscopic equipment


Key Result Areas:


  • Deliver design and development work packages to fulfil specified requirements to planned timescales and costs
  • Successful completion of mandatory training
  • Compliance with Health & Safety & Environmental procedures.


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Support the development of the manufacturing business
  • Embedded Software design and development for company Products according to company procedures and regulatory standards
  • Create and maintain product definition information in accordance with company procedures
  • Review, analyse and approve the product design
  • Compile technical documentation required by design control procedures to support the design process
  • Assist with the management of work packages for new product development and product improvement projects
  • Use technical and product knowledge and problem solving abilities to support other team members and other departments
  • To liaise and co-operate fully with management for the better performance of the department and organisation.


Other Related Responsibilities:


  • Undertake technical research, including competitor analysis to support design, development and manufacture of products
  • Utilise creative thinking to develop ideas which may lead to Patents or Registered Designs for the Company
  • Assist with proposals for new technology introduction and product development
  • Develop detailed designs from initial concept ideas
  • Design for manufacture
  • Produce product cost estimates
  • Support the verification, evaluation and validation of product designs
  • Transfer product designs successfully into production
  • Produce, review and update embedded software.
  • Implement design change control procedure
  • Performing tolerance analysis, product risk analysis, FMEAs, design reviews, value analysis and quality incident investigations
  • Use software analysis tools as appropriate to produce robust designs, for example Matlab & Simulink.
  • Provide assistance in producing plans for timescales, costs and resource estimates and monitoring progress against the plans
  • Lead design activities of Embedded Software Engineering and design tasks
  • Coordinate various project activities within R&D and with other internal departments
  • Deliver project deliverables within planned project & product cost constraints and timescales
  • Assistance to production, manufacturing engineering, quality, regulatory affairs, technical publications, service, business development and sales
  • Contribute to the detection and elimination of all potential product quality or service concerns
  • Participate in Continuous Improvement activities
  • Undertake any assignment or duty as required by business needs
  • Provide assistance to the Sustaining Engineering group


Education qualifications


Degree in Software Engineering or Computer Science 2:1 with strong element of Embedded Electronics.


Knowledgeable in theory and at least 10 years industrial design experience + excellent track record of designs in the field that cover the following:



  • Systematic approach to design software for mechatronic systems with theoretical and practical understanding of interactions between mechanics, electronics and software with respect to real time control and dynamics
  • Extensive use of model based design tools that include modelling of plant covering several domains (electrical, mechanical , fluid ) using Simscape , resultant simulation in simulink , design of digital controllers to optimally control the plant simulation and realisation of the controller algorithm on 32 bit microcontrollers in hardware and C code using MATLAB/Simulink embedded coders
  • Life safety critical software design – including redundancy, watchdog timers, deterministic graceful failure modes.
  • BLDC 3 phase motor control algorithm design including Field Orientated Control (FOC) methods
  • Software implementation of Digital Control system design – including PID loops, pole placement, bode design, digital compensator design
  • Programming of various Microcontrollers – ideally including Microchip dsPIC33, ARM Cortex M3, Texas instruments C2000 32 bit microcontroller with a focus on optimisation for real time closed loop motor control & sensing
  • Software to handle various communications including – I2C, SPI, UART, USB, Ethernet etc
  • Software to handle Sensor processing including – temperature, flow, pressure, speed, force, torque, vibration etc
  • Working knowledge and application of V development cycle including software validation & verification
  • Team player being able to work in a multi disciplined team including electronics, electrical, software , mechanical & manufacturing engineers
  • Full product development lifecycle from concept to manufacturing
  • Real time control system design
  • RTOS based programming – eg freeRTOS, safeRTOS and bare metal C coding without RTOS.
  • Interrupt handlers & schedulers
  • Combination of C and assembler for optimising speed/memory usage
  • C programming - test code to exercise and run up hardware diagnostics
  • low level interfacing with Windows drivers
  • Working with device drivers - I2C, SPI, UART, Ethernet, CAN



Desired skills

  • Software interfacing with various communication hardware eg CAN, FlexRay
  • Knowledge of Industrial/medical regulations & standards and impact on software design - IEC62304
  • Working knowledge and application of risk assessment driven and resultant DFMEA to produce robust & safe embedded electronics controls.
  • Low level programming – Assembler 8, 16, 32 bit
  • low level interfacing with Linux drivers


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