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Senior Electrical Engineer - Ground Systems



Other Engineering
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

The Ground Systems team is responsible for developing the components to support the aircraft landing, charging, loading and launching. We are looking for a Senior Electrical Engineer with a strong foundation in EE design and an excellent grasp of electronics development, processes, and tools. In this role, you will develop hardware for our next generation ground systems which involves designing electronics in at least one of the following fields: Power supply, battery charger, microprocessor, high-speed communication, LED drive, actuator with position sensor, brushless DC motor drive, and more.

These components are at the core of enabling autonomous takeoff and landing for our fleet of next generation aircraft and seamless integration with our shipper sites that will enable Zipline’s impact to expand from 100,000 deliveries/year to 100 million across the globe. In addition, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with world class engineers across all disciplines and experience levels. Zipline values personal development highly and encourages an environment of continuous learning and mentorship.

What You'll Do

  • Engineer electronics for volume production through a full design cycle including requirements, concept, prototype, schematic capture, layout, validation, certification, and release
  • Shape the architecture of Zipline’s next generation product, making impactful design decisions daily, while working with a high level of independence.
  • Lead trade studies, understand competing design priorities, and provide direction and clarity for burning down risk.
  • Proactively seek out innovative solutions in system, vehicle, and component level design.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with mechanical, firmware, project management, supply chain, system test, manufacturing, finance, legal teams in different stages of development, including:
    • Architecture: fault tolerance, power, mass, thermals
    • Detailed Design: schematic capture, PCB layout, system integration, validation
    • Production: quality, failure analysis, manufacturing, end-of-line testing, cost

What You'll Bring

  • A degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent practical experience.
  • Minimum 4 years of hardware design experience including: Electronics circuit design, schematic capture, PCB layout, packaging, integration, validation and transitioning a product to production.
  • Past success developing electronics for critical systems in fields such as energy, transportation, or medical devices.
  • Design experience with power electronics, motor drive, mixed-signal PCB, high-speed digital PCB, microprocessor, ethernet and USB communication.
  • Proficiency with basic EE tools (Oscilloscope, signal generator, spectrum analyzer, multimeter etc.)
  • Design experience with UL safety requirements and EMC requirements preferred
  • Design experience with embedded programming is a plus
  • Enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, collaborative, cross-functional environment.
  • Clear communication skills and the ability to explain technical challenges to both fellow engineers and non-engineers alike.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US.
  • Must be able to work at Zipline’s South San Francisco office.

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $135,000 - $175,000. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!