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Research Electrical Engineer 1
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University of Washington | Seattle, WA
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Job Description

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our Benefits page. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for four consecutive years.

Every day UW Bioengineering invents the future of medicine. We bridge the traditional disciplines of medicine and engineering to drive health care forward for those in remote parts of the world and here at home. Students, scientists, engineers, and physicians come together here to develop innovative and cost-effective approaches to improve health care.

UW Bioengineering naturally evolved from partnerships between engineering and medicine. Today, our faculty and students continually reach across traditional boundaries in education and research. The interdisciplinary scope of our research spans five overarching themes: regenerative medicine and biomaterials, molecular and cellular engineering, imaging and image-guided therapy, technology to improve access to health care, and systems and synthetic biology.

Bioengineering's Prosthetic Engineering research and currently has an outstanding opportunity for a full time RESEARCH ELECTRICAL ENGINEER 1 eager to make a positive difference in the lives of people with lower-limb loss. Our group has a 25-year history of creating new sensing modalities for prosthetists and amputee patients, most of them involving portable sensors for field use. Data from our systems provide key insight to clinicians treating amputee patients, and provide feedback signals to automated control systems that adjust prosthetic sockets during use so as to maintain fit, function, and high-level performance.

We are a 15-person interdisciplinary group of bioengineers, clinicians, mechanical and electrical engineers and software specialists. The research is focused on development and implementation of novel measurement techniques for external prosthetics. The goal of the projects is to create instruments to help practitioners better understand patient prosthetic fit problems and select treatments to improve function and quality of life.

We are looking for an enthusiastic engineer to join our team who has experience in programming control systems on custom microcontroller boards. The applicant should be interested in agile, end-to-end design, and be eager to interact with other team members to create effective, novel, electromechanical systems.

Duties include:

Programming ARM microcontroller based devices

Debugging custom designed boards with lab test equipment such as an oscilloscope

Document work clearly for preparation of manuscripts and funding agency progress reports

Participate in conducting human subject studies for prosthetic research

Design embedded control systems of novel prosthetic devices

Conduct design reviews with research team and with study volunteers


Bachelor's Degree in Science, Engineering, Design, or Related Discipline.

Minimum 3- 12 months of experience working in a research or industry environment.

Programming ARM microcontrollers in C/C++

Programming embedded control systems for electromechanical devices

Ability to debug custom designed electronics boards with laboratory equipment

Ability to interact regularly with and gather feedback from clinicians and amputee study volunteers

Capability to work well with a team of interdisciplinary engineers and practitioners

Willingness and ability to learn basic operation and function of novel electromechanical systems

Capability to write manuscript-quality descriptions of research efforts and results

Strong critical thinking and analysis aptitude

Desired skills and attributes::

Experience with Altium

Integrating third party libraries

Proficiency in Matlab

Proficiency in Python programming

Experience in wireless communication either WIFI or Bluetooth

Ability to independently prioritize and organize work to meet deadlines; ability to delegate tasks and seek help

Experience in the development of global health diagnostic and treatment technologies.

Appointment of the successful candidate to this position may be made contingent upon a satisfactory outcome of a criminal conviction history check .

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

About University of Washington

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the Pacific coast. The Seattle-based university has earned an international reputation for research, and its graduate programs are some of the most highly rated in the nation. It is a leader in such fields as drama, dentistry, medicine, nursing, health services, astronomy, computer science, molecular biotechnology, oceanography, biostatistics, physics, physiology, pharmacology, geography, sociology, and social work. The university currently enrolls 35,000 students.