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Hardware Design Engineer

Admiral Instruments
Phoenix, AZ 85016


Phoenix, AZ 85016

Full job description

Job Title: Hardware Design Engineer

Hello! We are seeking a full-time Hardware Design Engineer to join our product development & support teams. Applicants should hold an Electrical Engineering degree (or equivalent degree) and be specialized in electronics hardware design.

Admiral Instruments builds analytical instrumentation to 1) precisely measure electrical outputs (current, voltage, impedance, etc) from test objects and 2) apply finely-tuned electrical signals (both DC and AC) onto a wide variety of materials for performance testing.

As we continue to expand our portfolio of test & measurement equipment, we plan to build systems capable of higher amperage and voltage measurements/signal generation than we currently offer. We also anticipate increasing our high-throughput multichannel measurement capabilities, necessitating more creative heat and power management solutions. In the longer term, we intend to build more application-oriented measurement devices tailor-made for high-volume industry use cases including corrosion monitoring and biosensor assays.

Job Responsibilities

This job consists of two primary roles. The first role is to create hardware schematics with suitable components for prototype testing and optimization. The second role is to troubleshoot malfunctioning PCBs to diagnose design/assembly failures and prescribe solutions to be carried out by our assembly technicians. More specific job functions include:

  • Aid in the conceptualization of new analytical instrumentation and related products
  • Create electrical schematics from system block diagrams
  • Source electrical components, including integrated circuits
  • Test new designs on breadboards and prototype PCBs
  • Use CAD programs to capture schematics and lay out PCBs
  • Design enclosures for new products using Autodesk Inventor and similar programs
  • Size and source heat sinks, and designing them from scratch when necessary
  • Write embedded code for the instrumentation, and debug/modify existing embedded code
  • Debug hardware design issues to improve upon already-released products on the market

Minimum Qualifications

We are seeking candidates anywhere between entry-level and up to 10 years of work experience within industry or academia. Preferably, we would hire someone with 5 to 10 years of experience in analog/digital hardware design, especially embedded systems. However, we will still consider entry-level applicants with less experience if they can demonstrate sufficient knowledge of electronics design principals with samples of past work. For example, a passionate electronics hobbyist would be encouraged to apply. Please submit a resume and cover letter only if you meet all of the following qualifications:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering or equivalent technical experience
  • Experience with analog and digital circuit design
  • Knowledge of schematic capture and printed circuit board layout tools
  • Familiar with principals of thermal/power management and heat dissipation
  • Hands-on breadboarding and prototyping skills
  • Proficiency with electronics laboratory tools (e.g. oscilloscopes, multimeters)
  • Basic level of soldering experience

Additional Recommended Qualifications

Preferential consideration will be given to candidates that meet any of the following additional qualifications:

  • MS and/or PhD in Electrical Engineering or equivalent technical experience
  • Experience designing potentiostats, power supplies, and/or high-current electrical systems
  • Experience with microcontrollers and embedded programming
  • Experience designing data acquisition systems and related instrumentation
  • Knowledge about obtaining UL, CSA, ETL, and similar electronics certifications from NRTLs

Salary & Benefits

Starting salary depends on past work experience, with a minimum starting salary of $60,000 per year. Health benefits include full medical, dental, and vision. Admiral Instruments institutes a company-wide profit sharing program paid out at the end of each calendar year.

A more unique benefit of this position is that whoever is hired for this position will work side-by-side with the co-founders of Admiral Instruments in a fast-paced startup environment. We can guarantee a high degree of interactivity with the key decision makers at our small and growing company, thus favorably positioning for long-term career growth opportunities within Admiral Instruments!

About Admiral Instruments

Admiral Instruments designs, manufactures, and distributes scientific research equipment known as potentiostats. Potentiostats are tools used by companies and university research labs developing electrochemical systems including batteries, solar cells, sensors, coatings, and a wide variety of other advanced materials. Our team currently consists of 6 people at our headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, one team member based in Los Angeles, and a global network of equipment distributors across 8 countries so far. We have customers spread throughout the world and our products are known as being among the most competitively-priced and easiest-to-use electrochemistry instrumentation on the market.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $60,000.00 to $70,000.00 /year


  • Analog & Digital Circuit Design: 1 year (Required)
  • Soldering: 1 year (Required)
  • Electrical Power Management & Heat Dissipation: 1 year (Required)
  • Circuit Breadboarding & Prototyping: 1 year (Required)
  • Schematic Capture & PCB Layout Tools: 1 year (Required)
  • Using Electronics Lab Tools (Oscilloscope, Multimeter, Etc): 1 year (Required)