Hardware EE – Concept Prototyping & Tech Advocate
at Quirky (View all jobs)
San Francisco Bay Area
We are Quirky.
We make invention accessible.
We believe that the best ideas in the world aren’t actually in the world--they’re locked in people’s heads.
Quirky brings new consumer products to market every week. Some of the best industrial designers, mechanical engineers, and manufacturing experts come together to take ideas from concept to prototype - then to mass production - at a pace others said wasn’t possible.
Today you’ll find Quirky’s products on the shelves of major retailers such as Target, Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Best Buy.
A growing number of Quirky’s products are wireless, smartphone app enabled, or they move around with digital intelligence.
All of our engineers are involved in product idea prototyping, but this is what you’ll do everyday.
You’ll devour technology and component eval. kits. The shipping departments at SparkFun, AdaFruit, DigiKey, and Mouser will know you on a first name basis because of your long order history.
If the design team has a question about the latest options for small OLED displays, you can quickly whip up a test board or demo rig to show off options from the top suppliers. The next ask might be to evaluate options for audio, capacitive touch, NFC, or Bluetooth.
You’re an “organized hacker” – meaning that every prototype has documented details on suppliers, costs, risks, and instructions for integration. To share this knowledge, you’ll coordinate weekly show-and-tell sessions for the organization to discuss technology explored by the team. You’ll communicate with the external Quirky influencer community through blog posts and videos.
You’ll participate in early brainstorming discussions and concept reviews to provide a perspective on what features should be considered in product designs.
After a year at Quirky, you’ll be able to walk through a major retail store and point to a dozen products that you helped bring to market.
The position can be based in Quirky’s new San Francisco Bay Area engineering center, or the New York product design headquarters.
You’re an “organized hacker” – your energy can be focused to explore technology needs related to the business.
Able to take a rough idea to a wired-up prototype incredibly fast
Both 8 and 32-bit embedded design experience
Experience with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or Beaglebone as a prototyping platform.
Excellent soldering skills with the ability to hand solder small packages such as 0603 or 0805 SMT components when necessary.
Experience writing firmware to interface with components over I2C, SPI, DMA, UARTs, and USB.
Proficient with oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, communication bus scopes, etc.
Unrelenting curiosity and pride in building awesome products.
Prior experience shipping products in the consumer electronics space
Prior experience working in a hardware R&D lab environment (commercial or academic)
Experience with Altium Designer and Solidworks
Experience writing firmware that interfaces with Camera CCDs, Displays, or RF/Wireless modules.