Senior Power Electronics Engineer for Wireless Power Solutions

Experience:10+ years relevant experience with BS EE, or MS/PhD EE

Location: USA Company Headquarters Chicago, IL

Role Description: NuCurrent is looking for a Sr. Power Electronics Engineer who is motivated to work closely with a talented and diverse engineering group to drive power electronics hardware design, integration, and validation.  The candidate will work very closely with senior electrical hardware, electromagnetics, software, and mechanical engineers to design and bring custom boards up from scratch, and exhibit strong cultural values that put the customer first, go beyond the standard, show strong ownership, innovate further, and show strong people skills.

Company Description: NuCurrent is a leading technology and IP company in the high growth field of wireless power and is emerging as the go-to provider of wireless power solutions for the world’s leading product companies. Spanning across industries including auto, consumer, industrial, IoT, mobile, wearables and more, NuCurrent designs systems and key components for Fortune 500 companies and other industry leaders to enable wireless power transfer in new product releases. The Company supports product teams within large companies to bring wireless power innovations to market faster, with fewer risks, lower costs and better technology, while pushing the boundaries of system performance, charge speed, user flexibility and form factors. NuCurrent is a fabless technology company with a robust network of certified manufacturers and is an active leader in specification development across multiple industry standards bodies. NuCurrent has an energetic, purpose-driven work environment built by phenomenal people who go beyond expectations, are highly curious, deeply innovative and, above all, put customers first.

Supervisor’s Title: Engineering Director

Key Words: DC-DC Converters, Power Conversion, Mixed Signal Design, Class-E PA, Class-D PA, Power Management

PRIMARY FUNCTION:

  • Lead and develop wireless power systems and modules for a diversity of applications, including consumer electronics, industrial devices, automotive industry applications, medical applications and other exciting industries.
  • Extensive hands-on testing, troubleshooting and modeling will be required.
  • Be the customer-facing technical expert on power electronics design for NuCurrent solutions

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work closely with engineering team to translate product requirements into engineering deliverables.
  • Execute the design and development of wireless power systems for a variety of projects in parallel.
  • Work and adhere to project timelines to deliver on-time prototypes, test results, and documentation to customers.
  • Significant design use of simulation tools such as SPICE (or equivalent) for circuits, mathematical analysis and test environment scripting using Matlab (or equivalent), and Schematic and PCB layout using Altium.
  • 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.
  • Brief the company management on a regular basis on achievements and goals.
  • Contribute to the development of Intellectual Property.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Proven track record of simulating, modeling, designing, and hands-on validating power electronics designs (mW to 100s of W)
  • Circuit design and PCB design for EMI/EMC mitigation methods and techniques
  • DC-DC Converter experience from LF to HF (up to 10MHz preferred)
  • Experience with design of high efficiency Class D, E, F amplifiers (ideally in the 1-50Mhz range)
  • 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 written & verbal communications skills, and good interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in use of electrical test equipment, i.e. oscilloscope, multimeter, soldering tools
  • Demonstrated success in resolution of technical challenges leveraging strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work individually and in small teams that may include contractors working remotely
  • Relentless and enterprising approach to solving problems
  • Ability to multitask and be flexible

PREFERABLE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Experience in wireless power applications
  • Experience with NFC technology
  • Strong understanding of Bluetooth and connectivity protocols
  • Antenna/RF simulation, optimization & testing
  • Experience in hardware development for mobile devices with WiFi/GPS/NFC
  • Experience with C programming, and understanding communication protocols such as I2C, SPI, UART

Knowledge of battery charging circuits and batteries