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Senior Hardware Engineer Tech Lead

Location: San Francisco

Synapse is seeking an outstanding Senior Hardware / Electrical Engineer, Technical Lead to join our community!

 Major Job Functions:

  • Collaboratively engage with colleagues from other disciplines (Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design, Project Management, and Business Development) to deliver awesome end products to clients and enable amazing experiences for end users
  • Significantly contribute to electrical product design, test, and verification from requirements through introduction into manufacturing
  • Provide product development strategy and leadership to enable clients to make the best decision
  • Engage directly with clients (both technical and non-technical) to understand and inform their requirements and needs. Develop HW and system architectures to achieve those objectives
  • Create detailed power / digital / analog / mixed-signal board-level designs across a broad range of products and industries
  • Significantly contribute to electrical product design, test, and verification from requirements through introduction into manufacturing
  • Support the Synapse Business Development team in new project scoping and client interaction throughout all stages of product development
  • Provide oversight in technical design reviews for other team members
  • Provide mentoring and technical development guidance to other members of the team
  • Lead small teams of engineers to achieve project objectives in a timely and cost-effective manner

Qualified Applicants Will Have:


  • 10+ years of product development experience (concept to production) including design for test and manufacturing
  • Previous track record of success in developing electronic hardware
  • Experience with highly-concurrent, collaborative, multi-disciplinary (firmware/ software/ mechanical/ manufacturing) programs 
  • High degree of comfort with ambiguity in early phase investigative projects and a proven track record to create development strategies based on ambiguous requirements
  • Ability to rapidly decipher and prioritize amongst competing specifications, constraints, and requirements
  • Proactive attitude with a willingness to take ownership and find innovative solutions that drive results
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills required, presentation skills are highly desired
  • BS or advanced degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering, or equivalent combination of experience and education


  • 10+ years of circuit design experience with significant emphasis on mixed signal and embedded system hardware design
  • Experience with linear and switch mode power supplies for portable electronics
  • Experience with charging and protection circuits for Lithium Ion and Lithium Polymer batteries
  • Experience with bringing microprocessor based products to market
  • Experience overseeing PCB layouts, preferably in Allegro or Altium
  • Previous experience with RF/wireless systems and concepts is a plus
  • Previous experience with high-volume manufacturing of products is a plus

Our collaborative, cross-discipline team is made up of dynamic engineers, manufacturing experts, and project and business operations leaders. We work with the world’s leading companies to develop cutting-edge products, stretching the boundary of possibility in technology application and manufacturing processes to delight users and deliver business results.

Synapse offers competitive salaries and great benefits, including flexible work schedules; 20 paid personal days a year; paid parental leave; 401(k); outstanding medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents; and an open, collaborative office environment. Your passion, flexibility, and commitment to lifelong learning will be greeted with a unique company culture that emphasizes community and fun as integral components of delivering world-class products.