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R&D Embedded Software Engineer - UK

Software & Electronics
Ref: 257 Date Posted: Tuesday 30 Oct 2018
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Role Overview:

Working with the Medical Research & Development team within the Research and Development Group designing, developing and introducing new medical 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.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Support the development of the manufacturing business
  • Embedded Software design and development for our client’s 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 Duties include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Provide assistance to the Sustaining Engineering group

Qualifications and Experience:

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

Minimum 4 years’ experience in the following areas coupled with a proven track record of designs working in the field.
 

Essential Skills & experience:
 

  • 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
  • Software to handle Sensor processing including – temperature, flow, pressure, speed, force, torque, vibration
  • 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
  • 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

Ideal Skills & Experience

  • FPGA programming (ideally Altera cyclone III) with either VHDL or use of MATLAB HDL coder
  • FPGA IP modules and soft core processors ( NIOS II)
  • Software interfacing with various communication hardware e.g. 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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