Inverter Controls Engineer

Phoenix, Arizona


You’re passionate about a zero-emissions future and want to build something special. You want to own your space but work with talented, like-minded people on important projects. The pace doesn’t scare you, it excites you. Quality and integrity matter to you.

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We’re currently on the lookout for a Inverter Controls Engineer that will be responsible for the development, implementation, optimization, and testing of motor/inverter control algorithms. In this position, you will work closely with Nikola's powertrain controls engineers and embedded systems engineers to develop control systems for electric vehicle powertrains, as well as engage in calibration and testing of the systems. You will have experience working in a fast-paced environment.

You Will:

  • A Master’s degree in Engineering (preferably with a concentration in power electronics or motor control)
  • 5 years’ experience
  • Experience using MATLAB/Simulink
  • Deep understanding of PM machine operation and working principles
  • Solid understanding of PM motor power electronics (gate drive circuitry, modulation techniques)
  • Experience developing motor control software (emphasis on field-oriented control)
  • Experience with version/configuration tools (Git)

Preferred Experience:

  • 4+ years’ experience
  • Experience with sensor-less control techniques
  • Understanding of vehicle functional safety (ISO26262) and ASIL ratings
  • Knowledge of classical control theory, optimal controls, adaptive controls, MPC, ECMS, and state-space modeling
  • Strong understanding of CAN communication
  • Familiarity with tools such as Vector CANalyzer, CANoe, CANape

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization. This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.



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