Principal Electrical Engineer

Product Development · Bedford, Massachusetts
Department Product Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


 Soft Robotics Inc. is an award-winning venture-backed startup in Bedford, MA focused on unlocking robotic automation for large, meaningful markets and labor-starved industries such as food and beverage, advanced manufacturing, and logistics. The company integrates patented soft actuator technologies, a proprietary vision system, and artificial intelligence 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. Since the company's inception, our technology platform has experienced substantial customer validation and adoption, with production installations running 24/7 for Fortune 500 companies and Dow 30 components.  We have a crystal-clear strategy to be the global leader in this field, and we have intentionally developed and maintained a company culture where intelligent, passionate and humble developers thrive.


As we continue to grow, we have an immediate need for a well-rounded Principal Electrical Engineer to join our team to develop Intelligent and Robotic Soft Gripping solutions. As the Electrical Engineer on cross functional development teams, you will collaborate at the system level to converge on the best overall approach. You will design, develop, test, debug, verify and validate entirely new products as well as iteration of existing products, systems, subsystems, and components in the industrial automation space.


As the ideal candidate, you have a balanced combination of strong intertest in system level design and trades, experience in Robotics or Industrial Automation, and the strongest Electrical Engineering discipline. You are a high-powered individual contributor that thrives when working as part of a highly collaborative, cross functional development team. You have experience designing complex systems that incorporate embedded electronics, cameras & sensors, high speed communications, motors & motor control, and pneumatic actuation. You are a seasoned professional with experience in all aspects of Electrical Engineer including analog, digital, component selection, schematics, and layout. You are equally capable in advanced development as well as thorough product sustainment. You are fluent in a modern ECAD tool (i.e. Altium Designer), analog simulation software, and you may also have experience using MATLAB or Python for mathematical analysis. You enjoy working independently and in a fast-paced, dynamic startup environment.


The ability to work hands-on in an engineering lab is an important quality for the person who lands this role. You have familiarity with soldering, circuit prototyping, and various 3D printing, laser cutting, and other rapid prototyping technologies. It is important that you are customer focused, driven, and passionate about creating high quality experiences as well as robust, maintainable, and well tested implementations. 




  • Own the design of electrical systems and subsystems. Performing 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 engineering leadership 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 extension
  • Other duties that will help you grow as a professional


Experience/Education Requirements


  • BS in Electrical Engineering required with preference given to holders of advanced degree(s)
  • 10+ 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.
  • Sense of humor

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  • Location
    Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Department
    Product Development
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience