Embedded Firmware Engineer - Acacia

  • Location:
    Maynard, Massachusetts, US
  • Area of Interest
    Engineer - Software
  • Compensation Range
    122700 USD - 180600 USD
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    Cloud and Data Center
  • Job Id
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Acacia, now part of Cisco, designs intelligent optical transceivers using sophisticated signal processing and photonic integration for the 100G, 400G and 1T bit speed fiber optic transmission market deployed in data center, metro, long-haul and ultra-long haul telecommunication networks.

What You’ll Do

As a Firmware Engineer in the Hardware organization, you will participate in the development of the bring up and test infrastructure code for our ultra-high data rate electro-optical modules and evaluation sub-systems. You will design and validate firmware and other software components related to bring up and test of our products.

Who You’ll Work With

You will be working with a versatile and upbeat team of enthusiastic engineers in an environment where team members experience mutual enhancement and improvement. You will have the opportunity to collaborate cross-functionally with our Hardware, Software, and manufacturing teams.

Who You Are

You are a high-energy embedded firmware engineer who loves to work on hardware products. You are a team player with a startup mentality who loves to challenge the status quo with creation and innovation. We are often developing the industry’s first bleeding edge coherent optical modules. Our ideal candidate can flourish with minimal guidance and is able to navigate uncertainty and ambiguity. This means that you can figure things out by yourself, but you are comfortable to participate in our friendly and team-oriented collaboration approach to learn from others. You are not shy to point out how we can be more effective as a team, and yet you are open to similar suggestions by your team members to foster mutual growth for all.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS (or equivalent) in Computer Science or Electrical and Electronics / Computer Engineering with 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Strong experience with C/C++ and assembly language programming
  • Proficiency in scripting languages such a Python
  • Proficiency with RTOS and embedded CPUs and microcontrollers (ARM® preferred)
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of HW components and experience with writing low level device drivers for them (Memory controllers, CPU peripherals, FPGAs, UARTs, SPI and I2C based components, Ethernet MDIO MAC/PHY components, etc.)
  • Experience with loading/initializing FPGA/CPLD code.
  • Comfortable with Windows® and Linux® system programming
  • Comfortable with UNIX-style command-line development (make, shell programming, etc.)
  • Hands-on laboratory experience is critical and required for this position.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Highly Desired Skills
  • Experience in network programming (sockets, TCP, UDP, HTTP)
  • Experience with a revision control system (CVS and Perforce™ and GIT)
  • Experience with Lab View
  • Experience with writing code for control of various electro-optical components (ITLAs, Driver Amp, Modulators, etc.)

Why Cisco?

#WeAreCisco. We are all unique, but collectively we bring our talents to work as a team, to develop innovative technology and power a more inclusive, digital future for everyone. How do we do it? Well, for starters – with people like you!

Nearly every internet connection around the world touches Cisco. We’re the Internet’s optimists. Our technology makes sure the data traveling at light speed across connections does so securely, yet it’s not what we make but what we make happen which marks us out. We’re helping those who work in the health service to connect with patients and each other; schools, colleges, and universities to teach in even the most challenging of times. We’re helping businesses of all shapes and sizes to connect with their employees and customers in new ways, providing people with access to the digital skills they need and connecting the most remote parts of the world – whether through 5G, or otherwise.

We tackle whatever challenges come our way. We have each other’s backs, we recognize our accomplishments, and we grow together. We celebrate and support one another – from big and small things in life to big career moments. And giving back is in our DNA (we get 10 days off each year to do just that).

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