Firmware QA Engineer (Python experience required)

Off Grid Electric San Francisco United States Software, Data and IT

Company Description

Uncover hidden opportunities to make a global impact

Off Grid Electric is a growth-stage start up that’s on track to light a million homes in Africa over the next couple of years with clean, affordable solar energyAt the heart of our business is innovative solutions that delight our customers. We are looking for an experienced System Test Engineer to support our growth strategy in Africa.

This may be your dream job if you’re someone who dreams of combining your knowledge and skills enabling Off Grid 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 whole continents of human potential, and motivated to help build a truly epic business.

Off Grid Electric, through its consumer brand Zola, combines Silicon Valley technology with local expertise to offer African homes and businesses a long-term solar solution to an unreliable grid. Adaptable to both energy needs and income, Off Grid Electric’s solution can be bought over time through a leasing structure. The first few watts starts a chain reaction that enables people to achieve commonly held aspirations: security, education, access to information, and a longer and more efficient day.

Today, Off Grid Electric powers more than 100,000 homes and businesses across Tanzania, Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire. Off Grid Electric’s investors include: SolarCity, Vulcan Capital, DBL Partners, The Packard Foundation, Helios Investment Partners, and responsibility. Off Grid Electric is the recipient of the 2016 UN Momentum for Change Award, Zayed Future Energy Prize, and the 2015 Global Cleantech 100. For more information, visit


As the leader of our product’s system level validation, you will design, develop, and execute system wide tests with firmware and electrical engineering teams. We’re looking for a collaborator who will help us quantify performance per requirements, and understand the limits of next generation designs, targeted toward existing and new markets.  

  • Analyze and decompose a complicated firmware and electrical system. Design a strategy to test these systems;
  • Design and develop a firmware test infrastructure including automation framework, to allow us to quickly test and regress new changes in our system;
  • Design and develop EE test setups, including lab instrumentation;
  • Execute firmware and EE tests;
  • Document and interpret test results.


  • Bsc. or Advanced Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related Field;
  • 3 years of relevant work experience, including test infrastructure development and test automation;
  • Excellent coding skills in Python;
  • EE hardware test/design experience highly desirable;
  • Knowledge of FW development on microcontrollers;
  • Knowledge of PCBA and system level test processes;
  • Knowledge of battery and PV power systems, high and low power electronics;
  • Experience using continuous integration tools like Jenkins;
  • Experience developing with Labview;
  • Experience working/traveling in emerging markets or Africa.


  • Travel to some of the loveliest and most exotic parts of Africa.
  • The opportunity to directly improve millions of lives. By bringing sustainable electricity to a part of the world where 90% of people have no grid access - Few other activities can provide as fundamental an impact on human lives as this.
  • Some of the smartest, most committed, and hardest working international colleagues in a distributed environment;

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