Embedded Systems Engineer

Zola Electric San Francisco United States of America Hardware Engineering

Company Description

Uncover hidden opportunities to make a global impact. ZOLA Electric is the leading renewable energy brand in Africa. We help our customers to light their homes, power small businesses, stay connected and expand opportunities for work and study. We power more than 200,000 homes across 5 countries and provide clean energy access to nearly 1,000,000 people every day. At the heart of our business is innovative solutions that empower our customers. With a distributed global team concentrated in Africa, Amsterdam, and San Francisco, we are looking for an Embedded Systems Engineer in our San Francisco subsidiary, Zola Electric Labs, Inc., to work with our Design Engineering Team developing our next generation product. You will fall in love with this role if you are passionate about making technology that can change the lives of over a billion people who lack access to modern energy.

 
This may be your dream job if you’re someone who dreams of combining your knowledge and skills enabling Zola Electric to change the renewable energy landscape. You’ll also need to be passionate about bringing solar energy to off-grid and other underserved markets — billions of people around the world — with the unique social, technical, and business challenges that come along with it. You are inspired by the opportunity to unleash human potential, and motivated to help build a truly epic business.

Position

Zola Electric Labs is looking for an Embedded Systems Engineer to write Energy controller applications running on an embedded platform.  The systems are at an early stage, so you will need to be able to contribute to cross functional system architecture, software system design, and rapid prototyping before developing a production solution.

What you'll do:

  • Outline controller requirements based on system performance requirements
  • Evaluate new topologies for controllability and fit to system needs
  • Specify microcontroller requirements and drive part selection
  • Develop controls strategy, and define the supporting algorithms
  • Test, validate, and troubleshoot controller implementation
  • Support safety/compliance testing

Requirements

  • 3+ years of experience (or equivalent) developing C/C++ development for real-time applications across multiple platforms.
  • Similar length of experience in embedded systems and experience with RTOSs such as  Linux or Vxworks with 1+ years’ experience with advanced IoT platforms & protocols such as Thread, MQTT, AMQP, CoAP, Alljoyn;
  • Familiarity  with low level serial communications protocols and protocol design - RS232, I2C, SPI, USB
  • Strong analytical skills with solid device, circuit, and controls theory fundamentals
  • Familiarity with safety and compliance standards for grid-connected power electronics
  • Familiarity with various communications protocols such as WiFi, Zigbee, Power-Line Communications, BlueTooth, ZWave
  • Extensive experience in Africa with deep cultural understanding
  • 2 - 5 years of experience developing embedded systems

Other information

ZOLA Electric, previously known as Off Grid Electric, combines Silicon Valley technology with local expertise to deliver clean, affordable, reliable solar energy solutions for African homes and businesses with unreliable or nonexistent grid connections.

Adaptable to energy need and income, ZOLA Electric’s solar systems can be bought over time using micro-finance, PAYGo leasing, and mobile money payments. The first few watts start a chain reaction that enables people to achieve commonly held aspirations: security, education and access to information. We help our customers to light their homes, power small businesses, stay connected and expand opportunities for work and study.

Today, ZOLA Electric provides unmatched customer service and clean energy to more than 1,000,000 customers, homes and businesses across Tanzania, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. ZOLA Electric’s investors include Tesla, DBL Partners, Helios Investment Partners, EDF, Total, and GE Ventures.

ZOLA Electric is a recipient of the UN Momentum for Change Award and Zayed Future Energy Prize and is a member of the Global Cleantech 100. For more information, visit zolaelectric.com.

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