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Firmware Engineer

Volta Labs

Volta Labs

Software Engineering
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Volta Labs is building a suite of genomics applications for our first-of-its-kind digital fluidics sample prep automation platform. Our technology will remove the need for laborious sample setup, provide a technology-agnostic suite, and shorten sample processing time from hours to seconds. We believe our tech is the next step in unlocking the hospital of the future and will accelerate medical research by decades.
You'll join a team of innovative thinkers who love to experiment, collaborate, and win together. We are passionate about pushing the boundaries of automation, biology, computing, robotics, design, and user experience to benefit our customers and the world.
The Senior Firmware Engineer will report into the CEO/Founder, joining an early-stage Engineering team as we tackle a full rewrite of our MVP firmware into a permanent Rust architecture.
This is the perfect role for an experienced firmware engineer who wants to utilize new technology to support a groundbreaking product. You’ll have autonomy in your day, a close-knit team of curious and collaborative scientists, and lots of areas to dig in and expand your own knowledge.
Day To Day and Year 1:
- Supporting the refactoring: getting hands on with the MVP architecture, and rewriting peripheral drivers at the register level
- Contributing to team culture and hiring growth through collaborative knowledge-sharing, a curious and open mindset, team referrals, and interview support
- Expand your skills with Rust and firmware expertise on a product that will continue to grow in complexity as we scale
Within 3 months you’ll… have completed onboarding, ramped into our code base, and fully understand our product and market opportunity. You’ll be owning your work independently with little oversight, supporting the MVP firmware refactor into Rust.
By 6 months you’ll… be sharing opinions and opportunities with the broader engineering and biology team, actively adding to team culture and supporting hiring if needed. Work will expand into more critical areas of the firmware, including protocols, drivers, and realtime task structure for Callisto (our Instrument).
At 12+ months you’ll… have completed the refactor of protocols, realtime task structure, and drivers
Your Experience:
Volta sits at the crossroads of biology, robotics, and engineering. To be successful in this role, you should have accomplished the below and be confident in owning each area on our team:
- Autonomous unsupervised ownership of writing peripheral drivers at the register levelKnowledge of Rust, C/C++, or a consistent ability to self-teach new technologies and languages to achieve
- Production-ready proficiencyAwareness or interest of how open-source software can be leveraged in your field, and an ability to experiment and iterate quickly to find best outcomes
- Comfort and experience with a small-team startup environment; you get a seat at the table to help make decisions, and sometimes have to work with ambiguity or help things out.
This is a full-time position that requires a significant amount of in-person work and collaboration onsite at our Seaport Office in Boston, MA. If you are unable to relocate or commute to the Boston MA area, this role won't be a match.
Our Benefits and Perks:
Robust Equity Program, to build future wealth through stock options with high growth potential
Comprehensive Healthcare Coverage, including Medical, Dental, & Vision
HSA, FSA, and Sponsored Commuter Benefit Plans
Access to Our 401K Plan, to save for your future
12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave
Paid Time Off, because we understand the importance of time off for rest and adventure
11 Paid Holidays
Twice Weekly Company Lunches, office snacks, beverages, & treats
Monthly Team Happy Hours and regular team outings
We are an equal opportunity employer and foster diversity and inclusion at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, and we actively seek out and value diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself positively contributing, please apply. Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of bio-automation!