Senior Electrical Engineer Human Machine Interface

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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Nikola’s ECU Hardware team is on the lookout for a Senior Electrical Engineer, Human Machine Interface to support the development of HMI systems and subsystems for prototype and production vehicles.

You Will:

  • Design complex high speed electronic control boards for vehicle Human Machine Interface systems
  • Design various analog, digital, mixed signal and microprocessor-based boards to meet automotive standards
  • Provide CAD layout guidance in areas such as high-speed gigabit transceivers, high-bandwidth digital (Video, DDR, RGMII, etc.), mixed signal and RF interfaces
  • Collaborate with various internal and external cross functional teams – purchasing, SW/FW/HW/ME Eng., CAD, PMs, suppliers (module, semiconductor, etc.), integrators and CMs.
  • Create test plans and document test results to verify hardware functions as desired
  • Use lab equipment to perform board bring up and debug
  • Perform DFMEA and FIT calculations to ensure designs properly mitigate unacceptable risk

You Bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or equivalent
  • 8+ years of high-speed hardware design experience with GT/GTR interfaces such as PCIe, USB 3, Gigabit Ethernet, FPD3, GMSL2, HDMI, DP, 3/12G SDI or similar
  • Experience in the following areas of hardware design:
  • Discrete Analog, digital and mixed signal
  • Interfaces: Video (HDMI, DP), I2C, RS-422, 485, CAN, Gigabit Ethernet, QSPI, 1 Wire, TWI and similar interfaces
  • Memory architectures such as DDR2/3/4, LPDDR, eMMC, FLASH, QSPI, M.2, SATA and similar
  • RF modules such as BLE, Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC or similar
  • SOMs, SoCs, EBCs, SBCs and other embedded solutions including power domain sequencing (up, down, low power, sleep, hibernate)
  • Able to design circuits capable of passing EMI, EMC and related requirements
  • Proficient in the use of schematic capture tools such as Altium, OrCad, Mentor or similar
  • Working knowledge of design and simulation tools such as PSPice, Matlab or similar tools
  • Proficient in the use of electronic engineering lab equipment
  • Comprehensive, detailed and organized problem solving skills to help debug new hardware designs
  • Ability to work and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-motivated individual with a passion to succeed, a positive attitude and the ability to communicate and work well with others in a team environment
  • Well-versed in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Ideal skills:

  • Familiarity/experience with HDL language(s) such as VHDL or Verilog
  • Experience designing to a functional safety standard, knowledge of ISO 26262
  • Experience with JIRA or similar project tracking tools
  • Experience designing multicore SOMs, SBCs or EBCs
  • Ability to develop debug code in C, C++, Assembly or other embedded languages
  • Able to develop simple and creative means to debug hardware using Arduino’s, RPi’s, etc.
  • Able to solder/rework hardware boards for debug purposes

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada. This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.


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