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Director, Hardware Engineering R&D

Company: Merlyn Mind
Location: Irvine
Posted on: September 20, 2022

Job Description:

Merlyn Mind is a "Remote First" VC-backed AI EdTech startup that brings the latest advances in AI to Education to help improve the lives of teachers and ultimately the learning outcomes of their students. Our leadership team includes talents from IBM, Amazon, Facebook, Roku, Broadcom, HP, Allen Institute for AI, and more. We have come together to build on a unified product experience for an extremely urgent mission - building a digital assistant for teachers, to untether teachers from the desk and help them with managing classroom technologies.As the Director of Hardware R&D, you will be the lead for new product concepts and prototyping. You will help build and guide internal team and external partners to ensure we have a robust pipeline of ideas and prototypes that the larger team can evaluate. This position will be based in Irvine, CA.ResponsibilitiesResponsible for new product concepts and prototyping. Closely partner with development team to ensure that the product can be mass produced.Translate product requirements and strategy into engineering specifications.Participate and lead in the architecture of new products and help drive key component choicesManage and establish internal teams and external partnerships for prototyping Be abreast of latest development in the consumer electronics space Collaborate with firmware and software teams to make functional prototypesWork with product and development team to take agreed upon concept/features to productionHelp lead root cause and solutioning of field issuesHands on personality and ability to get things done in a fast paced environmentDevelop patent portfolioQualifications10+ years in cutting edge consumer electronics products in a leadership roleMS/PhD in EE or related fieldExpertise taking custom hardware devices to mass production Strong knowledge and experience with IOT devices Working knowledge of firmware & OS Excited about and is abreast of new technologiesDeep expertise in high performance voice products, or edtech hardware is a plusStrong communication, execution and management skillsExperience with distributed teams and business partners.Ability to motivate and manage teams Lead by example. For this role and team, the expectation is to spend less than 20% of time on people management and the rest on technical management and technical contributions.Merlyn Mind is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. This applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, and training. We make hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.Benefits:Every last Friday of the month Paid Time off for everyone.After your second year anniversary you get one month off!401(k) matchingDental insuranceFlexible scheduleFlexible spending accountHealth insuranceHealth savings accountLife insuranceUnlimited Paid time offParental leaveVision insurancePI190590926

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