Lead Embedded Engineer

Pittsburgh, PA, San Francisco Bay Area, or New York City

EngineeringEmbedded Team

Efficient’s Lead Embedded Engineer will manage the day-to-day responsibilities of our embedded team, guiding them in application development for and the bring up of the world’s most energy-efficient programmable processor. They will collaborate across all teams, gathering requirements and information to successfully bring up new silicon. Further they will work closely with the compiler to implement customer requirements and build a custom TinyML software stack. This position is a unique opportunity to develop applications for cutting-edge hardware as part of a highly interdisciplinary team, helping to demonstrate the value of Efficient’s breakthrough technology. If you are an engineer who wants to play an integral role on an intensely skilled team and wants to have an immediate impact building the next generation of energy-efficient embedded applications, this is for you!

Key responsibilities

  • Manage the day-to-day responsibilities of the embedded engineering team, including:
    • Leading the planning of sprints
    • Creating, rescoping, and keeping track of tasks
    • Assisting in debugging to unblock engineers
  • Lead the bring up efforts of Efficient’s custom processor, including:
    • Developing chip documentation and a bring up plan
    • Assisting in the design of custom PCBs for the processor, which integrate sensors, power supplies, and radios
    • Verifying the functionality of the processor under different modes and conditions
    • Validating and measuring the performance and energy of the processor on internal and customer benchmarks
    • Optimizing code to efficiently target the processor
  • Develop embedded applications working from customer requirements, existing specifications, and existing code
  • Build applications using Efficient’s compiler and software stack to target Efficient’s processor
  • Contribute to an embedded TinyML software stack including a library of optimized common machine learning operators
  • Work closely with compiler team to test and refine compiler feature set

Required qualifications & experience requirements

  • Must be an excellent embedded engineer with 7+ years of post-graduate experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in CS, Engineering or related field required; Master’s degree or PhD preferred.
  • Prior experience bringing up new silicon or working on new silicon
  • Deep knowledge of at least one embedded platform, such as MSP430, STM32, Ambiq Apollo, PIC32, or similar
  • Experience developing and deploying applications under resource constraints
  • Experience using non-standard build environments and compiler toolchains, especially for embedded systems
  • Experience using industry standard development and debugging tools for embedded development
  • Strong attention to detail, good work ethic, ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and good communication skills
  • Good problem solving skills; ability to develop solutions and ideas when faced with problems or issues.

Desired qualifications & experience requirements

  • Experience building TinyML models and deploying models under severe resource constraints (e.g. limited memory)
  • Experience writing optimized BLAS and DSP kernels
  • Experience with compiler development, including LLVM and/or MLIR
  • Experience with PCB board design using industry standard CAD tools like Altium or similar
  • Knowledge of computer architecture
  • Work performed for government contract customers may at times require U.S. Citizenship.

Efficient offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including 401K match, company-paid benefits, equity program, paid parental leave, flexibility, and more!  We are committed to personal and professional development and strive to grow together as people and as a company.

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About us

Efficient was established in 2022 as a spinout of Carnegie Mellon University and is currently building a world-class team of hardware and software engineers spanning from silicon implementation to compilers. With seed funding secured, a portfolio of patent-protected IP, and substantial progress on hardware and software development, Efficient is moving quickly toward delivering first silicon in early- to mid-2024.

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Working at Efficient

We are a small, but mighty team, with team members spread across EffHQ in Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley, and New York City. We are a young company on a tremendous growth path. We aim to bring our team together, in-person often and camaraderie is key to our success. We also have the tools and technology to keep us together and interactive as a remote team.

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