About Us

NuCurrent was founded out of a graduate-student project at Northwestern University that focused on powering implanted neurostimulation devices wirelessly. From 2009-2013, NuCurrent focused exclusively on wireless power for implanted medical devices. We were challenged to develop a new type of antenna technology to deal with complex issues like transmitting power through inconsistent human tissue, Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) limits, tissue heating, implant variability, and significant size restrictions.

These challenging constraints led to the development of our patented MLMT technology, which provides higher Q in smaller spaces to yield greater efficiency, faster charge speeds, lower heat and unbeatable form factors.

Moving beyond medical implants in 2013, NuCurrent has developed multiple breakthroughs in wireless power systems, components and integration processes. Today, we supply our NuIQTM Technology Platform and wireless power solutions worldwide with unmatched speed, certainty and performance.

Experience How

Key Accomplishments

  • 65+ patents granted or pending in China, EU, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and US
  • Invented and patented industry-leading magnetics technology producing the thinnest, smallest and highest Q printed antennas in the world, routinely achieving 20-70% higher Q/lower ESR
  • Co-developed with Texas Instruments the A21 coil for the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi standard
  • Developed and certified the highest Q and best uniformity resonators in the world for Airfuel standard
  • Enabled industry's first through-table 16w charger with FCC and CE approval
  • Designed industry's first through-metal wireless charging applications
  • Engineered full system designs for products with power needs ranging from 1 milliwatt to 300 watts
  • Developed hyper-accurate hardware simulators providing +/-2.5% real-world accuracy, enabling faster time to market with fewer hardware spins

Our History

2009

Company founded

- Company originally founded as “NeuRDS Inc.” by a team of Northwestern University graduate students following a course entitled “NuVention: Medical Innovations”

- Initial focus addressed a problem that surgeons faced when implanting spinal neurostimulators: unreliable power wires

- Challenges led to invention of NuCurrent's MLMT antenna technology, which was subsequently patented

2013

Early innovation

- Intel asks NuCurrent to help with consumer electronics charging. NuCurrent’s antennas provide 10x larger charging area with 50% thinner receiver antennas and 70% thinner transmitter antennas.

- Texas Instruments asks NuCurrent for a more durable, PCB-based version of the Wireless Power Consortium’s (WPC) A6 coil for automotive applications. NuCurrent outperforms the next-best solution with a 20% greater Q factor, and Texas Instruments submits the technology and design to the WPC to become the A21 standard.

- NuCurrent works with Medtronic, St. Jude Medical and Nevro to remove wires from neurostimulators after lead wires produce failures 40% of the time.

- NuCurrent named as one of the Top 50 Influencers in Wireless Power by Wireless Power World.

2014

Fueling growth

- Molex becomes first large licensee of NuCurrent’s patented technology

- NuCurrent raises Series A financing from private investors including Independence Equity, Hyde Park Angels, and Harvard Business School Angels.

2015

Broader commercialization

- NuCurrent magnetics technology launches in industry-leading mobile phone

- NuCurrent announces world’s first 15W dual-mode (Qi/AirFuel) single-structure FPCB coil

- NuCurrent patents next-generation magnetics technology, including single-substrate multi-mode coils

- Broadcom selects NuCurrent as provider of all antennas for evaluation kits

- NXP uses NuCurrent resonators for A4WP demos

- Gill Electronics launches world’s first FCC-approved through-table charger, featuring NuCurrent’s industry-leading magnetics.

- Crain’s Business Journal names NuCurrent the #1 Most Innovative Company in Illinois in its 2015 “Eureka! Index"

2016

Continuing innovation

- NuCurrent announces world’s smallest 200KHz receiver coil for wearable and hearable applications (10mmx6mm)

- NuCurrent announces proprietary vertical charging capability allowing devices to charge at 90-degree angles

- NuCurrent provides wireless power for diabetes pump application

- NuCurrent's technology enables infrastructure installations in hotels, airport lounges, office furniture and sports stadiums

- NuCurrent patents novel and efficient model of through-metal charging systems

Today

Advancing systems design


- NuCurrent develops miniature transmitter/receiver wireless connector system to replace physical connectors in medical instruments and in challenging connector environments (1.5W delivered in 10x4x4.5mm SMT package)

- NuCurrent provides proprietary systems enabling loose coupling, 1:multiple charging and wide z-gap variance for multiple applications, including durable computing, shoes, hearables and textiles

- NuCurrent provides plug-and-play modules for Qi Transmit modules for seamless integration into customer products

- NuCurrent is driving the bleeding edge of wireless power technology innovation and supporting global customers on the most interesting, challenging and important wireless power systems

Partners

NuCurrent works with leading IC companies, developing expertise in their devices in order to provide optimized, lower-cost, space-efficient and fully-integrated designs for our mutual customers.

Integrated Circuit Partners

  • Broadcom
  • EPC
  • IDT
  • Microchip
  • Nordic Semiconductor
  • NXP
  • Texas Instruments

Channel Partners

  • Amphenol
  • Flex
  • Jabil
  • Molex
  • Visionox

Software Partner

  • ANSYS

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Careers

At NuCurrent, we work incredibly well and incredibly fast. As a result, we’re growing quickly.

We’re always looking for qualified candidates with drive and vision to add to our team. And we’re a pretty fun bunch to work with.

If you’re interested in a career that’s both challenging and rewarding, send us your resume. And make sure to include your vision for what you’d like to see without a cord.

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Life at NuCurrent

One word can describe it all: Extraordinary

  • 65+ patents granted or pending worldwide
  • Fourth Revolution Awards Finalist (Product Design) 2017
  • Flexi Award Winner (Product Innovation) 2017
  • Chicago Innovation Awards Finalist 2017
  • “#1 Most Innovative Business in Illinois” – Crain’s Chicago, Eureka! Index 2015
  • Chicago Innovations Awards Winner 2015
  • Market-competitive salaries
  • Equity for all employees
  • Health insurance
  • Funded 401(k)
  • We believe in hard work that leads to exceptional rewards
  • Prime location in the West Loop neighborhood in Chicago
  • Local coffee, craft beer and organic produce onsite
  • Individual accountability with true team support
  • We delight our customers with speed, performance and innovation
  • All jobs are “customer facing”
  • We believe in great talent and exposing that great talent to our customers
  • 30+ years of cumulative wireless power expertise
  • Representative universities: Georgia Tech, University of Illinois, Indian Institute of Technology, Northwestern, Purdue, Tsinghua
  • Alumni from: 3COM, Baxter, Blackberry, Freescale, Intel, Motorola, NXP
  • Your work has direct impact on company success
  • Work on the bleeding edge of technology in the emerging field of wireless power
  • Be an early part of the team that is enabling wireless power
  • Work with Directors, VPs and Executives from Fortune 500 companies

Local beer on tap

  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
  • Allagash Saison
  • Baderbrau Chicago Pilsner

Local coffee in grinder

  • Dark Matter Ninja Blend
  • Big Shoulders Uganda Bulaaga
  • Dark Matter A Love Supreme

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  • Jacob
  • Jason
  • Mary
  • Alberto
  • Mike
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"I'm excited to be working on a cutting edge technology at a critical time in its development. I'm motivated by knowing that my job is very relevant and that my decisions and voice matter to the team and to our customers."

Alberto, Lead Hardware Engineer

"I took a risk. I had the option to go the blue-chip company route or take the risk and work for NuCurrent. Something felt right and I couldn't be happier!"

Jason, Field Applications Engineer

"I started working at NuCurrent as an intern and received great mentoring from my colleagues which helped me grow in my career. The team here is dedicated, enthusiastic and supportive, and I love working on a cutting edge technology. I couldn’t have found a better place to start my career than NuCurrent."

Unnati, Hardware Engineer

"After more than a decade at large engineering organizations, I'm so happy to be at NuCurrent where innovation and energy combine with a customer-first mentality."

Pavel, Lead Engineer

Job Openings

Sales
Required Experience:
  • Experience selling electronic components in automotive, mobile and/or consumer electronics sectors
  • Direct responsibility for closing sales in past 12 months (not sales manager)
  • Technical sales ability with preference for BSEE or BSME background
Location: Chicago, IL

Company Description: NuCurrent is a venture-backed wireless power systems and electronic component company that has patented the world’s most efficient antennas for wireless power transfer. NuCurrent’s antennas and systems enable OEMs in the consumer electronics, automotive, mobile and furniture industries to achieve higher efficiency, a better user experience, and smaller form factors in their wirelessly powered devices. The wireless power industry is growing rapidly and customers turn to NuCurrent due to its proven superior technology, strong IP portfolio, expertise in wireless power system, and flexible solutions. NuCurrent has design wins with category leaders in automotive, apparel, wearables, consumer discretionary, mobile and more – now it is time for talented and motivated sales professionals to replicate this success, grow and broaden NuCurrent’s wins within these markets.

Reports To: VP, Sales & Marketing

PRIMARY PURPOSE AND FUNCTION:
  • Responsible for growing the company’s revenue through design wins and production wins in multiple segments including, but not limited to, consumer electronics, automotive, mobile and furniture.
  • Works with the VP, Sales & Marketing on setting and executing strategy related to revenue generation and growth.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Systematically identifies, qualifies and closes deals with customers.
  • Experience working at all levels within customer hierarchy: C-level, engineering management, engineering, and purchasing
  • Navigates complex organizations and relationships to deliver NuCurrent’s wireless power solutions to customers via established sales channels, distribution channels and partnerships.
  • Works with VP, Sales & Marketing on developing strategy related to revenue generation including licensing, product mix, distribution networks, technology development and marketing.
  • Travel to client sites.
  • Negotiate and close technology licenses and product sales.
  • Have fun! Few people get an opportunity to work in a high-octane startup at the cusp of a revolutionary market.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Mandatory:
  • BA or BS with 7+ years of electronics industry experience with an excellent sales track record.
  • Exemplary, demonstrable track record of generating sales and revenue growth.
  • Solid knowledge of the Sales Cycle
  • Ability to understand and communicate high tech electronic components and value propositions.
  • Passion for developing relationships and winning opportunities.
  • Strategic ability to set vision and execute within multiple competencies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work individually and in small teams that may include direct-report sales and marketing personnel in the future.
  • Ability to multitask and be flexible.
Preferred:
  • Experience in wireless power applications.
  • Track record of selling antennas or other wireless electronic components.
  • Experience growing an early stage, venture-backed company.
  • Engineering background and capabilities.
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Senior Electrical Engineer
Experience: 20+ years relevant experience with BS EE, 15+ years with MS/PhD EE

Location: Chicago, IL

Company Description: NuCurrent Inc. is a venture-backed company specializing in the development of Wireless Power Systems and High-Q antennas for wireless power transfer. NuCurrent’s patented, cutting-edge technology yields the highest Q inductors for high frequency applications in the wireless power industry that can be produced in large volume, high quality, and at a very competitive cost. NuCurrent customers are primarily Tier 1 and Tier 2 OEMs spanning a wide range of products including consumer electronics (such as smartphones and wearables), medical devices, and automotive segments. By partnering with leading IC companies on state-of-the-art wireless power platforms NuCurrent’s innovative technology is featured as the reference antenna.

Supervisor’s Title: VP Engineering

Key Words: HF DC-DC Converters, power conversion, mixed signal design, Class-E, Class-D, power management

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
  • Be the technical authority for internal discussions and external engagements
  • Develop systems for applications in industries spanning consumer electronics, infrastructure, industrial and medical.
  • Lead the entire development cycle – from spec development to delivery – of product-ready prototypes and BOM
  • Mentor engineering team comprising experienced engineers, PhD’s, mid-level and junior engineers
  • Work closely with Product Manager & Technical Apps/Marketing to manage projects, ensure timely delivery of high quality products and high quality technical support to customers and partners
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Understand the wireless power space including standards and regulatory challenges.
  • Understand NuCurrent’s technology and processes, and institute best practices where needed.
  • Create detailed device hardware and sub-system specifications based on user needs, use cases and system requirements.
  • Lead the design and development of wireless power systems based on developed specifications
    • Design will utilize simulation tools such as SPICE (or equivalent) for circuits, EM simulation software for antennas, and analysis using Matlab (or equivalent)
    • Development will include extensive testing on boards developed either in-house or by partners/customers/vendors
  • Influence management, and partners and customers to support successful implementation of design (and spec) changes and improvements
  • Review new product or process design initiatives to ensure engineering needs are integrated into business plans
  • Work with VP Engineering to drive the development and formalization of Intellectual Property
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Essential
  • Demonstrated success in delivering results on technical challenges that included strong problem solving skills
  • Track record of shipping mixed-signal hardware including embedded micro-controllers.
  • Circuit design and PCB design including designing for manufacturability & EMI/EMC
  • Strong documentation experience as related to design outputs and sub-system definition
  • Strong understanding of electromagnetics and magnetostatics (10 KHz – 100 MHz)
  • Experience with power electronics (mW to 100s of W), including design, component selection and implementation
    • DC-DC Converters from LF to HF (up to 10 MHz preferred)
    • Experience with designing high efficiency Class-D, E, F amplifiers (ideally in the 1 – 50 MHz regime)
  • Ability to work individually and in small teams that may include contractors working remotely
  • Ability to multitask and be flexible to evolving specifications and project dynamics.
  • Experience with designing for low cost, high production volume consumer products.
Good to have
  • Experience with wireless power applications
  • Knowledge of FCC regulations (e.g. Part 18, part 15) and CISPR
  • Experience with integration of 3rd party Bluetooth stack and middleware
  • Experience in hardware development for mobile devices with WiFi/GPS/NFC
  • Knowledge of thermal management materials and experience in designing for thermal management
  • Knowledge of battery charging circuits and batteries
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Jr. Hardware Engineer
Experience: BS EE or ME required, MS EE or ME preferred

Location: Chicago, IL

Company Description: NuCurrent Inc. is a venture-backed company specializing in the development of Wireless Power Systems and High-Q antennas for wireless power transfer. NuCurrent’s patented, cutting-edge technology yields the highest Q inductors for high frequency applications in the wireless power industry. NuCurrent customers are primarily Tier 1 and Tier 2 OEMs in the consumer electronics and automotive segments and it partners with leading IC companies on state-of-the-art wireless power evaluation kits where NuCurrent is featured as the reference antenna.

Supervisor’s Title: Sr. Hardware Engineer

PRIMARY PURPOSE AND FUNCTION:
  • Develops wireless power systems and modules for a diversity of applications, including hand-held devices, automotive, medical and other consumer applications.
  • Execute entire development cycle; starting from obtaining spec from customer, to delivery of product-ready prototype and BOM.
  • Designs charging circuits based on available components and reference designs from partner companies.
  • Extensive hands-on design, troubleshooting and modeling will be required.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Understand product requirements via research and customer-engagement. Work closely with Antenna Engineers to translate product requirements into engineering specifications.
  • Execute the design and development of wireless power systems (including circuit and antenna design) for a variety of projects in parallel.
  • Devise timelines and work with internal team, partners and vendors to ensure smooth progress of project, and adherence to timelines:
    • Design will include using simulation tools such as SPICE (or equivalent) for circuits, EM simulation software for antennas, and mathematical analysis using Matlab (or equivalent)
    • Development will include extensive hands-on testing with RF boards developed either in-house or by partners/customers, using oscilloscopes, VNA’s and other test equipment
  • Invent and develop intellectual property.
  • Brief the company management on a regular basis on achievements and goals.
  • Have fun! Few people get an opportunity to work in an awesome startup at the cusp of a revolutionary market.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Must Have:
  • BS in EE/ME
  • Relentless and enterprising approach to solving problems
  • Passion for developing hardware (boards and/or consumer product)
  • Strong understanding of electromagnetics and magnetostatics (100 KHz – 100 MHz ideally)
  • Experience with PA’s (1 W to 50 W), tuning/impedance matching circuits, voltage regulators
  • Strong understanding of Bluetooth and connectivity protocols
  • Ability to work individually and in small teams that may include contractors located in different locations
  • Ability to multitask and be flexible
Good to Have:
  • MS in EE/ME
  • Experience in wireless power applications
  • Experience with integration of 3rd party Bluetooth stack and middleware
  • Antenna/RF simulation, optimization & testing (applications related to wireless power, RFIDs, NFC a bonus)
  • Experience with PCB layout software and concepts
  • Experience in hardware development for mobile devices with WiFi/GPS/NFC
  • Knowledge of thermal management materials and experience in designing for thermal management
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Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Experience: 10+ years relevant experience with BS ME

Location: Chicago, IL

Company Description: NuCurrent Inc. is a venture-backed company specializing in the development of Wireless Power Systems and High-Q antennas for wireless power transfer. NuCurrent’s patented, cutting-edge technology yields the highest Q inductors for high frequency applications in the wireless power industry that can be produced in large volume, high quality, and at a competitive cost. NuCurrent customers are primarily Tier 1 and Tier 2 OEMs spanning a wide range of products including consumer electronics (such as smartphones and wearables), medical devices, and automotive segments. NuCurrent’s innovative technology is featured as the reference antenna for state-of-art wireless power platforms developed by leading IC companies.

Supervisor’s Title: VP Engineering CTO

Key Words: mechanical design, design for manufacturability, design for reliability, design for assembly

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
  • Lead all mechanical design related projects and activities for NuCurrent’s product portfolio
  • Develop systems for applications in industries spanning consumer electronics, auto, infrastructure, industrial and medical
  • Lead the entire mechanical development cycle – from spec development to delivery – of product-ready prototypes and BOM
  • Work closely with Product Manager & Technical Apps/Marketing to manage projects, ensure timely delivery of high quality products and high quality technical support to customers and partners
  • Work closely with suppliers and contract manufacturers (CM’s) to coordinate new product launch initiatives
  ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Understand NuCurrent’s technology and processes, and institute best practices where needed
  • Product design and development starting from concept to production
  • Create detailed device hardware and sub-system specifications and drawings based on user needs, use cases and system requirements.
  • Design for manufacturing
  • Design for reliability
  • Design for assembly
  • Thermal analysis
  • Injection molding design
  • Perform tolerance analysis
  • Design tests for reliability
  • Analyze test results and make required modifications
  KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
  • Demonstrated success in delivering results on technical challenges that included strong problem solving skills
  • Strong documentation experience as related to design outputs and sub-system definition
  • At least 5 years of experience designing high product volume, low cost consumer products
  • Experience in electronic packaging (small devices) and PCB design using Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Altium, etc.
  • Injection molding tool design
  • Experience with Pro-Engineer (or another similar CAD tool)
  • Familiar with high volume manufacturing processes
  • Familiar with application of adhesives and potting materials
  • Experience in rapid prototyping
  • Ability to work individually and in small teams that may include contractors working remotely
  • Ability to multitask and be flexible to evolving specifications and project dynamics.
  • Knowledge of thermal management materials and experience in designing for thermal management
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Sr. Power Electronics Engineer
Experience: 10+ years relevant experience with BS EE, 8+ years with MS/PhD EE

Location: Chicago, IL

Company Description: NuCurrent Inc. is a venture-backed company specializing in the development of Wireless Power Systems and High-Q antennas for wireless power transfer. NuCurrent’s patented, cutting-edge technology yields the highest Q inductors for high frequency applications in the wireless power industry that can be produced in large volume, high quality, and at a very competitive cost. NuCurrent customers are primarily Tier 1 and Tier 2 OEMs spanning a wide range of products including consumer electronics (such as smartphones and wearables), medical devices, and automotive segments. By partnering with leading IC companies on state-of-the-art wireless power platforms NuCurrent’s innovative technology is featured as the reference antenna./

Supervisor’s Title: VP Engineering

Key Words: HF DC-DC Converters, power conversion, mixed signal design, Class-E, Class-D, power management

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
  • Lead system development for applications in industries spanning consumer electronics, infrastructure, industrial and medical
  • Work closely with Product Manager & Technical Apps/Marketing to manage projects, ensure timely delivery of high quality products and high quality technical support to customers and partners
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Understand the wireless power space including standards and regulatory challenges.
  • Understand NuCurrent’s technology and processes, and institute best practices where needed.
  • Create detailed device hardware and sub-system specifications based on user needs, use cases and system requirements.
  • Lead the design and development of wireless power systems based on developed specifications
    • Design will utilize simulation tools such as SPICE (or equivalent) for circuits, EM simulation software for antennas, and analysis using Matlab (or equivalent)
    • Development will include extensive testing on boards developed either in-house or by partners/customers/vendors
  • Review new product or process design initiatives to ensure engineering needs are integrated into business plans
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
  • Essential
  • Demonstrated success in delivering results on technical challenges that included strong problem solving skills
  • Track record of shipping mixed-signal hardware including embedded micro-controllers.
  • Circuit design and PCB design including designing for manufacturability & EMI/EMC
  • Strong understanding of electromagnetics and magnetostatics (10 KHz – 100 MHz)
  • Experience with power electronics (mW to 100s of W), including design, component selection and implementation
    • DC-DC Converters from LF to HF (up to 10 MHz preferred)
    • Experience with designing high efficiency Class-D, E, F amplifiers (ideally in the 1 – 50 MHz regime)
  • Ability to work individually and in small teams that may include contractors working remotely
  • Ability to multitask and be flexible to evolving specifications and project dynamics.
  • Experience with designing for low cost, high production volume consumer products.
 
  • Good to have
  • Experience with wireless power applications
  • Knowledge of FCC regulations (e.g. Part 18, part 15) and CISPR
  • Experience with integration of 3rd party Bluetooth stack and middleware
  • Experience in hardware development for mobile devices with WiFi/GPS/NFC
  • Knowledge of thermal management materials and experience in designing for thermal management
  • Knowledge of battery charging circuits and batteries
Apply Now