Careers

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We are currently looking for:

Senior Polymer Scientist

Position Description

The role of this position is to lead development of Novasentis electroactive polymer films for haptic applications. This includes responsibility for film properties and performance, materials development, manufacturing process development, metrology and characterization tools and processes, and technology roadmap development. The successful candidate will be able to work with our global technology and manufacturing partners to leverage and develop the capabilities of each organization and create a world-leading global development and manufacturing team. To be successful, this position requires technical leadership, continuous learning, hands-on technical work, leverage of global experts and resources, natural teamwork abilities, excellent communication skills, and the ability to be self-directed.

Essential Job Functions

  • Work with materials providers to specify, characterize and control existing and new polymers and polymer blends for electroactive applications.
  • Work with film manufacturing partners to develop, scale-up, and deploy high-volume film manufacturing processes. This requires expertise in solvent-based formulations, film casting and film stretching.
  • Work with actuator manufacturing partners to develop polymer film that is compatible with the actuator manufacturing processes.
  • Work with internal and external product design teams to support research and development of products regarding the interaction of polymer films with adhesives, substrates, and product-level environmental conditions in order to improve product design.
  • Identify, utilize, and if necessary develop analytical and test methods to discern structure-property relationships of electroactive films, including relationships between molecular structure/composition, manufacturing processability, and final film characteristics.
  • Plan and conduct statistically relevant experimental tests and process trials to analyze process/test data and generate reports to determine if products, processes and tooling meet functional and performance specifications and requirements.

Job Qualifications

Required

  • PhD (or BS MS with equivalent relevant experience) in chemical engineering, chemistry, polymer engineering, polymer chemistry or materials science & engineering.
  • Minimum 3 years in applied research or 5 years working experience in R&D and Manufacturing environments with polycrystalline and multi-phasic polymers.
  • Experience with applicable analytical tools and processes, including but not limited to XRD, EDS/EDAX, FTIR, DSC, SEM, mass spec, optical microscopy.
  • Some knowledge of polymer processing methods, including solvation/dissolution, casting/drying, and film stretching.
  • Demonstrated expert teamwork ability and technical group leadership.
  • Demonstrated communication skills to working groups, peers, and executive teams.
  • Ability to travel, principally to Europe and occasionally to Asia, up to 20%.

Desired

  • Experience with ferroelectric polymers and fluorinated polymers.
  • Experience with the design and compounding of multi-component blend formulations.
  • Experience in the development of polymer films involving formulation preparation, casting/drying, and stretching.
  • Working familiarity with solid mechanics properties and testing of plastics in traditional and dynamic modes.
  • Ability to spend 3-6 months off-site in Europe.
  • Haptic industry experience.

Contact: John Jacobi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 970.631.5272

Electronics/Electrical/Mechanical Technician

Position Description

The position applies knowledge of electrical/electronics, mechanical, graphical user interface software, and firmware to support to all areas of R&D including building prototypes, testing products, designing and maintaining of equipment and devices.

The role of this position is to design, build maintain, test and repair electrical/electronic, mechanical, and pneumatic systems, components and laboratory equipment.

Successful Electronics Technicians are fast learners and self-motivated, independent workers. They must have the ability to work under pressure and the willingness to work in multicultural settings.

Essential Job Functions

Responsibilities include basic designs, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of all electronics, mechanical, electrical, wearables, gaming, printed circuit boards, printed electronics boards, and computer-based equipment. Skill-level requirements vary from troubleshooting wearables to board or component-level repair to lab equipment maintenance. Assembles experimental circuitry or complete prototypes according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, and knowledge of electronic systems and components.

Job Qualifications

Required 

  • Associate degree (or BS) in electronics, electromechanical or computer science
  • Minimum 5 years working experience in R&D and Manufacturing environments with electronics and PCBs
  • Experience in assembling and testing of electronics PCBs, and electronics systems
  • Experience in setup of electronics Lab benches and maintenance of electronics equipment
  • Collects Data, Writes technical reports and develops charts, graphs, and schematics from the data
  • Recommends changes in circuitry or installation specifications to simplify assembly and maintenance.
  • Demonstrated communication skills to working groups, and peers

Desired

  • Direct experience with haptic actuators, wearables, gaming systems, and AR/VR systems
  • Direct experience in support of both R&D, and manufacturing
  • Direct experience in design of printed circuit boards, flexible substrates, and assembly

Senior Field Applications Engineer

Position Description

In this position you will design, build, troubleshoot, test, validate and benchmark haptic actuators, and haptic solutions based on our latest and greatest technologies. Additionally, you will provide expertise to develop and manage solutions for data collection, characterization, for haptic actuators/solutions in wearables, augmented reality, virtual reality, and gaming devices. The ideal candidate has a broad knowledge of product development including hardware, firmware, and software. The job requires travel to visit customers with Sales, Marketing and other team members.

Essential Job Functions

Includes the following essential duties and responsibilities (other duties may also be assigned):

  • Technical support/trouble shooting for sales, marketing, design and development activities
  • Closely work with internal and external customers
  • Create reference and customer prototype designs from concept to samples
  • Devise innovative techniques for testing and characterizing for customer solutions
  • Create standard haptic effects including establishment of APIs and effect libraries

Job Qualifications

Required

  • Highly motivated individual with a passion for creative thinking in use cases of disruptive products
  • MS.E.E. or Ph.D.
  • 5+ years of experience working as a Filed Application Engineer in electronics, wearable, AR or VR
  • Technical experience with hardware, firmware, and software
  • Working knowledge of realizing solutions from abstract ideas
  • Software development experience beneficial
  • Comfortable with at least one scripting language (i.e. Python, Bash, Perl, Ruby,...)
  • Working knowledge with haptic and sensor data analytics
  • Travel to customer sites to support Design, Test, Product, Manufacturing Engineers, sales and marketing
  • Excellent team work and people skill across departments for development and/or marketing efforts
  • Solid communication skills, both verbal and written

Ways to stand out from the crowd

  • A Ph.D. or MS E.E or equivalent related to haptic design, algorithms, and use cases
  • Experience in use of Haptic in AR, VR or wearables
  • Previous experience in a direct customer support role
  • Working knowledge of Labview

Senior Electrical Engineer

Position Description

In this Electrical Engineering (EE) position, you will develop test platforms, from custom board level design to integrated systems. The ideal candidate will be capable of FPGA development, comfortable driving chip designers, including application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). You will design, build, troubleshoot, test, validate and benchmark haptic actuators, and complete haptic solutions. Additionally, you will provide expertise to develop and manage solutions for data collection and analysis of haptic actuator characterization, supporting applications in wearables, augmented reality, virtual reality, and gaming devices. The ideal candidate has a broad knowledge of product development including hardware, firmware, and software. The job may require travel to visit customers with Sales, Marketing and other team members.

Essential Job Functions

Includes the following essential duties and responsibilities (other duties may also be assigned):

  • Demonstrated ability to drive mixed mode chip design and development
  • Experience managing/driving ASIC and FPGA design with external suppliers and partners
  • Closely work with internal and external customers
  • Create reference and customer prototype designs from concept to samples
  • Devise innovative techniques for testing and characterizing for customer solutions
  • Create standard haptic effects including establishment of APIs and effect libraries

Job Qualifications

  • Highly motivated individual with a passion for creative thinking in use cases of disruptive products
  • 5+ years of experience working as a Electrical Engineer
  • Technical experience with hardware, firmware, and software
  • Working knowledge of realizing solutions from abstract ideas
  • Comfortable with at least one scripting language (i.e. Python, Bash, Perl, Ruby,...)
  • Working knowledge with haptic and sensor data analytics
  • Excellent team work and people skill across departments for development and/or marketing efforts
  • Solid communication skills, both verbal and written

Ways to stand out from the crowd

  • A Ph.D. or MS E.E or equivalent related to haptic design, algorithms, and use cases
  • Expertise in C++, developing unreal engine 4 custom applications
  • Experience in use of Haptic in AR, VR or wearables
  • Previous experience in a direct customer support role
  • Working knowledge of Labview, vibration dynamics, FEA
  • Technical support/trouble shooting for sales, marketing, design and development activities
  • Software development experience beneficial

About Novasentis

Novasentis is the leading supplier of the world’s thinnest and most flexible polymer-based haptic actuators. The patented electro-mechanical polymer (EMP) technology and products are ideal for creating rich haptic feedback and a completely new user experience for smart watches, AR/VR, gaming controllers, and similar human interface applications. Founded in 2006 to commercialize this unique EMP technology, Novasentis was restructured in 2015 to focus on these markets. It is privately held and headquartered in Burlingame, California with research facilities in Burlingame; State College, PA; and partner facilities in Europe.

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