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Principal Electrical Engineer

Date: Jun 15, 2022

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts, US

Company: QinetiQ

Who Are We?

We are a world-class team of professionals who deliver next generation technology and products in robotic and autonomous platforms, ground, soldier, and maritime systems in 50+ locations world-wide. Much of our work contributes to innovative research in the fields of sensor science, signal processing, data fusion, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and augmented reality (AR).

QinetiQ Inc.’s dedicated experts in defense, aerospace, security, and related fields all work together to explore new ways of protecting the American Warfighter, Security Forces, and Allies. Being a part of QinetiQ Inc. means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. 

Why Join QinetiQ Inc.?

If you have the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges, then you will experience a unique working environment where innovative teams blend different perspectives, disciplines, and technologies to discover new ways of solving complex problems.  In our diverse and inclusive environment, you can be authentic, feel valued, be respected, and realize your full potential. QinetiQ Inc. will support you with workplace flexibility, a commitment to the health and well-being of you and your family and provide opportunities to work with a purpose. We are committed to supporting your success in both your professional and personal lives.

QinetiQ, Inc. is looking to hire a Principal Electrical Engineer to lead the design of next generation robotic systems at our Waltham, MA facility. The selected candidate will be responsible for the following:


  • Work in a fast-paced environment, participating and leading engineering teams designing the next generation robotic systems for the U.S. Military. 
  • Candidates should be able to architect and design for new and existing systems / sub-systems for robot platforms as well as the associated control stations. 
  • A solid background in electrical engineering, including analog / digital / mixed-signal circuit / power design and cable design experience is required. 
  • Solid engineering problem solving skills and PCB design is a must.  Tasks may include support of existing systems, system architecture development, PCB design, cable design, and associated documentation tasks. 
  • Activities include development and integration of new or existing payloads on platforms, development of requirements, development of test plans and performing testing, and electrical support of existing fielded systems. 
  • Participate in field data collection and experimentation, analysis, and reporting. Works directly with engineers in other disciplines.  
  • Some (< 20%) travel to customer sites may be required to support meetings, testing, and repair activities.



To Land This Job, You Need:


  • BS in Electrical or Electrical/Computer Engineering plus 10 years of experience, or MS plus 8 years of experience
  • 3 or more years as a team lead or prior supervisory/mentoring capacity
  • Strong knowledge and experience in Electrical Engineering
  • Analog, digital, and mixed signal circuit design
  • PCB design and layout experience (Altium and/or Nexus required)
  • Power electronics design experience
  • High speed digital design experience
  • Motor controller design experience
  • Microcontroller design experience
  • EMI mitigation design experience
  • Experience with bus protocols such as CAN, SPI, RS232, I2C, USB, & Ethernet
  • Knowledge and experience with DOD, SAE, IEEE, and/or IPC standards
  • Working knowledge of C / C++, and/or Visual C#
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Flexible, self-starter, desire to solve any problem


Desired Qualifications

  • Prior work in the field of robotics
  • Experience with hazard, failure, risk analyses (i.e. FMEA, FTA, etc.)
  • Experience with safety critical and/or fault tolerance design
  • RF design experience
  • Experience with development and/or field testing robotic systems


Job Type:  Full Time


Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: DOD Secret, Active DOD Secret Clearance preferred.




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QinetiQ Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All Qualified Applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.