Senior Principal Electrical Engineer

General Summary

Soft Robotics Inc. is a venture-backed startup in Bedford, MA that integrates patented soft actuator technologies, a proprietary vision system, and artificial intelligence stack into robotic gripping, and autonomous manipulation solutions that can handle items of varying size, shape and weight with high-speed, precision, and a human-like touch. By leveraging the science of soft robotics, it is now possible to automate facilities that have traditionally depended upon manual labor for bin picking, order fulfillment, and other complex pick and place tasks. This technology is proven in manufacturing installations today and enabling new robotic solutions for the food supply chain, advanced manufacturing applications, and the e-commerce logistics industry.

As we continue to improve our product, we have an immediate need to augment the Engineering and Product Development team with a Sr. Principal Electrical Engineer. This new addition will be responsible for the design, testing, debug, verification and validation of entire new products as well as iteration of existing products, systems, subsystems, and components in the industrial automation space.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the robotics and industrial automation fields and will be experienced designing complex systems that incorporate embedded electronics, cameras & sensors, high speed communications, motors & motor control, and pneumatic actuation.

At a minimum he/she will have significant experience with product design, development, and transfer to manufacturing.

The candidate chosen will be fluent in a modern ECAD tool (i.e. Altium Designer), analog simulation software, and may also have experience using MATLAB or Python for mathematical analysis.

The ability to work in an engineering lab is an important quality for the person who lands this role as is familiarity with soldering, circuit prototyping, and various 3D printing, laser cutting, and other rapid prototyping technologies.

The chosen candidate will fancy themselves a systems engineer, or even better a robotics engineer, with the strongest discipline being Electrical Engineering. They will be a high-powered individual contributor that thrives when working as part of a tightly integrated, multidisciplinary team.


Essential Functions/Responsibilities

  • Design electrical systems and subsystems. Perform modeling, simulation, and analysis; 

  • Design for safety, manufacturability, reliability and test in accordance with domestic and international standards;

  • System test and debug;

  • Design verification and validation;

  • Support manufacturing and test;

  • Participate in risk management and control: Perform Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA);

  • Participate in design reviews and document development activities per established product development processes;

  • Participate in the hiring, training, tasking, and mentoring of junior engineers;

  • Work with CTO and product management team to identify future areas of technical development, assess technical feasibility/effort, execute new product imperatives and identify opportunities for product line extensions;

  • Other duties as required.


Experience/Education Requirements

  • BS in Electrical Engineering required with preference given to holders of advanced degree(s)

  • 15+ years of experience with a demonstrated track record of exceptional individual performance in a fast-paced product development organization

  • Experience with pneumatic systems, robotics and automation, or other complex electromechanical systems is strongly desired

  • Knowledge of regulatory and compliance requirements for industrial automation products desired

  • Proficient in the creation and maintenance of quality documentation

  • Has strong interpersonal skills and thrives in a highly-integrated team environment but can also work independently

  • Is generally methodical, detail oriented, and well organized

  • Demonstrated project/program management skills;

  • Strong mathematical, analytical and problem-solving skills;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Job Type: Full-time

To apply, send resume and if applicable, a portfolio of your work to:

Soft Robotics Inc. is located in the Greater Boston Area; no relocation assistance will be provided.

No third party agents; only direct applicants will be considered.

Soft Robotics Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Soft Robotics Inc. will not discriminate against job applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information. We are an E-Verify Employer.