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Careers2020-10-21T16:57:45-07:00

iota Biosciences is a well-funded medical device startup dedicated to bringing novel bioeletronic devices to market. I. Bioelectronic devices are the start of a an entirely new form of medicine, where miniature devices treat chronic diseases through mechanisms like electrical stimulation or targeted chemical release, or collect disease diagnostics at a specificity or frequency not previously possible.

Iota’s core technology stack enables a custom ultrasound wand to communicate with and power custom implantable devices, eliminating the need for wires or batteries and making it possible to produce tiny medical implants. This product concept is based on the ground-breaking “neural dust” technology initially developed at UC Berkeley. From this academic proof of concept, iota Biosciences is developing a family of miniscule yet effective and manufacturable medical products.

At iota Biosciences you will be given the opportunity to substantially influence the design and success of Class III medical devices. This opportunity is unique to early-stage startups. Join our team and participate in delivering new effective therapeutic options to patients with hard-to-treat conditions.

Analog Layout Designer and Verification Engineer

iota Biosciences, Inc., a Berkeley-based medical device start-up developing novel bioelectronic diagnostics and therapies, is looking to hire a highly motivated engineer with skills in analog and mixed-signal layout and circuit verification.

Responsibilities:

  • Delivering clean layout
  • Working closely with a small team of circuit designers to plan layout and discuss necessary layout trade-offs necessary to build complex mixed-signal layouts
  • Running a suite of design verification tools (DRC, LVS, and extraction)
  • Post-extraction verification of block-level analog and mixed-signal designs
  • Working with analog and system IC designers to understand block-level requirements
  • You will lay out circuit blocks and hierarchies and document them towards formal layout and design reviews
  • Test and debug chips after they return from fabrication

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: BS or BE in Electrical Engineering
  • Experience with Mentor Graphics or Cadence tools for layout and parasitic extraction
  • Familiarity with analog layout
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with multi-functional teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education: MS in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Integrated Circuits, or 2+ years of industry layout
  • Experience in layout and extraction of low-power designs
  • Experience building tightly matched, low parasitic, low-power analog blocks, resistors, capacitors, digital-to-analog converters, pad I/Os, ESD structures, etc.
  • Understanding of IR drop, RC delay, and interconnect parasitic capacitance
  • Strong experience with DFM practices
  • Proficiency in interpreting Calibre, DRC, ERC, and LVS reports
  • Working experience with oscilloscopes, FPGAs, microcontrollers, signal generators for validation and testing of analog design
  • Previous experience designing biomedical electronics
  • Familiarity with CentOS7/RHEL 7 Linux

To apply, please email hiring@iota.bio

Electrical Systems Engineer

iota Biosciences, Inc., a Berkeley-based medical device company is looking to hire a highly-motivated engineer with skills in embedded hardware, software, and system design.

Responsibilities

  • Contribute to system specifications and design of hardware systems.
  • Design and develop electrical hardware systems which include implantable components and new ultrasound technology
  • Prototype new hardware systems and work with cross-functional teams to perform system evaluation and testing.
  • Support manufacturing and process development teams to bring successful designs to production.
  • Contribute to design of analog/digital systems utilizing MCU and FPGA

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S., M.S., or PhD in electrical engineering, computer science, or other related field.
  • Experience working with FPGAs and a hardware description language (VHDL or Verilog).
  • Experience with verification methodologies, RTL and gate level simulation and debug
  • Hands on experience with lab debug equipment, such as oscilloscopes and logic analyzer
  • Experience with microcontrollers, embedded development, and programming languages.
  • Fluent with C in embedded and standard computer architectures.
  • Experience in initial system bring-up, debugging, and test

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with PCB design.
  • Experience analyzing root cause, design debugging, and problem solving with engineering test equipment
  • Experience in scripting languages, such as Python and MATLAB, for instrument automation and data analysis
  • Experience in or strong interest for working in medical devices or life sciences industry
  • Knowledge of ISO 13485 medical device regulations and FDA design controls

To apply, please email hiring@iota.bio

Firmware engineer, DSP

iota Biosciences, Inc., a Berkeley-based medical device start-up developing novel bioelectronic diagnostics and therapies, is looking to hire a highly motivated engineer to design and test algorithms to enable a cutting-edge wireless power and communication system.

Responsibilities:

  • Apply skills in signal processing and embedded software to develop and implement powerful yet efficient ultrasound transmit and receive algorithms.
  • Test your algorithms in both simulation and in the field, whether that be in a simple ultrasound tank, a “phantom”, or something more complex. Will require leaving the clean environment of programming and involve “getting your hands dirty”.
  • Develop and iterate on algorithms using real system data using custom ultrasound hardware.
  • Work with other engineers to define algorithm specifications and design new algorithms.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: MS in computer science, electrical engineering, or related technical field.
  • Expertise in signal processing algorithms commonly used in communication systems (filtering, down-conversion, envelope extraction, etc.)
  • Experience in applying signal processing algorithms to sensor data (denoising, feature extraction, etc.).
  • 2+ years experience programming in C on an embedded target. For example, implementing algorithms with fixed-point arithmetic, optimizing signal processing data structures for a memory-limited environment.
  • Motivated, independent, efficient and able to handle several projects
  • Interested in working in a small team environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of energy harvesting communication devices, like RFID
  • Experience working with ultrasound systems is a plus.
  • Experience with oscilloscopes, FPGAs, microcontrollers and signal generators.
  • Prior experience working with other engineers of different disciplines as well as product manages and designers.

To apply, please email hiring@iota.bio

Firmware engineer, OS

iota Biosciences, Inc., a Berkeley-based medical device start-up developing novel bioelectronic diagnostics and therapies, is looking to hire a highly motivated engineer to build out an embedded processing platform for a cutting-edge wireless power and communication system.

The ideal candidate is a generalist and can contribute to the entire stack of hardware development, all the way from board bring-up to software development to user interaction.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop a safety-critical embedded real-time operating system (RTOS) controller for a high-power ultrasound system.
  • Develop the “big data” infrastructure for efficiently sending all required data from the embedded processor to the cloud backend, as well as retrieving any configuration data and messages from the backend.
  • Develop verification and validation strategy with quality/regulatory experts, and develop the process to efficiently validate embedded software while maintaining an industry-leading development pace.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: BS in computer science, electrical engineering, or related technical field.
  • 2+ years experience programming in C on an embedded target.
  • Articulate, Motivated, independent, efficient and able to handle several projects in parallel. Interested in working in a small team environment with engineers of different skill sets.
  • In-depth experience in one or more of the following areas
    – Real-time OS for embedded platforms

    – Implementation of data transfer protocols (SPI, I2C, UART, USB etc)

    – PCB design for embedded systems

    – Interfacing with, and testing the interface of, peripheral devices connected to an embedded processor

    – Handling IoT data streams going to and from a cloud backend.
  • Experience with test automation tools (e.g., Jenkins) and modern software test methodologies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of energy harvesting communication devices, like RFID
  • Experience working with ultrasound systems is a plus.
  • Experience with oscilloscopes, FPGAs, microcontrollers and signal generators.
  • Experience in a hardware description language (HDL) language is a plus.
  • Prior experience working with other engineers of different disciplines as well as product manages and designers.

To apply, please email hiring@iota.bio

FPGA Designer

iota Biosciences, Inc., a Berkeley-based medical device start-up developing novel bioelectronic diagnostics and therapies, is looking to hire a highly motivated engineer to design, implement, optimize, and test FPGA modules for a medical device system.

Responsibilities:

  • Implement FPGA designs using Verilog and System Verilog.
  • Develop robust simulation models and self-checking test benches.
  • Design electronic subsystems including digital signal processing functions, control functions, and digital communications functions.
  • Design test and verification methods and capabilities for electronics and electrical systems.
  • Document FPGA requirements, specifications, test plans, and other supporting documentation
  • Collaborate with other engineering disciplines to design a system satisfying all requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree or higher in Electrical or Computer Engineering.
  • 3+ years FPGA design using Verilog or System Verilog.
  • Experience with a scripting language such as python or MATLAB
  • Experience with signal processing, communications and control functions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a startup environment.
  • Significant experience in medical device or other regulated industry.
  • Proficiency with C programming
  • Experience designing custom DSP algorithms optimized for a sensor-based application.
  • Knowledge of energy harvesting communication devices, like RFID

To apply, please email hiring@iota.bio

Lead Analog/Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit and System Engineer

iota Biosciences, Inc., a Berkeley-based medical device start-up developing novel bioelectronic diagnostics and therapies, is looking to hire a highly motivated engineer to design cutting edge integrated circuits and systems.
Responsibilities

  • Lead a team designing, validating, and taping out complex integrated systems for implantable medical devices
  • Collaborate with other IC designers and with mechanical, industrial, and systems engineers to design a system meeting the needs of all stakeholders
  • Shape and direct the short- and long-term ASIC development at Iota Biosciences, including contributing to building a team
  • Top-to-bottom circuit design, from architectural decisions down to transistor-level design with an emphasis on creating components as part of a larger system
  • Write specifications for analog and digital portions of integrated circuits
  • Behavioral modeling to model and validate architectures and circuit blocks
  • Transistor-level design of blocks including AC-DC converters, DC-DC converters, analog front-ends, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, references and bias circuits, LDOs, etc.
  • Run simulations to validate design and integration
  • Define bench-top test plans and verify circuit performance
  • Testing and debugging chips after they return from fabrication

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: PhD or MSEE with 2+ years in related area of expertise
  • Familiarity with Cadence or Mentor Graphics tools for analog design and simulation
  • Familiarity with band-gap references, bias circuits, amplifiers, switched-capacitor circuits, LDOs, feedback and compensation techniques
  • Experience in system design and simulation using C / MATLAB / Verilog-AMS
  • Experience with mixed-signal design and verification
  • Significant familiarity with low-power designs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of energy harvesting communication devices, like RFID
  • Familiarity with low-power AC-DC and DC-DC on-chip power conversion
  • Experience with low bandwidth sensor interface design
  • Experience with oscilloscopes, FPGAs, microcontrollers, signal generations, and other test equipment for validation and testing of analog and mixed-signal designs
  • Experience designing biomedical electronics
  • Familiarity with CentOS7/RHEL 7 Linux

To apply, please email hiring@iota.bio

Lead Digital Integrated Circuit Designer

iota Biosciences, Inc., a Berkeley-based medical device start-up developing novel bioelectronic diagnostics and therapies, is looking to hire a highly motivated engineer with skills in digital design and synthesis.

Responsibilities

  • Specification for digital portions of integrated circuits and systems
  • Working with analog and system IC designers to understand top-level requirements of the digital components of a mixed-signal chip
  • Develop RTL to execute required digital functions
  • Full digital flow, from functional requirements to layout, and eventually tape-out
  • Writing test benches for verification and functional validation
  • Define bench-top test plans and verify performance and functionality
  • Test and debug chips after they return from fabrication.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: PhD or MSEE with 2+ years in related area of expertise
  • Significant experience in digital description: Verilog / VHDL
  • Experience with one scripting language (TCL, Python, Perl, Shell scripts)
  • System design and simulation using C / MATLAB / Verilog with an emphasis on digital/analog boundary
  • Experience with mixed-signal simulations, Verilog-AMS test benches
  • Understanding of digital flow – RTL simulation and verification, logic synthesis, timing and power analysis, back annotation and verification, and functional equivalence checking
  • Experience with P&R

Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant familiarity with low-power logic synthesis
  • Experience with Synopsys or Cadence digital tool flow
  • Experience with mixed-signal design and verification
  • Working experience with oscilloscopes, FPGAs, microcontrollers, signal generators for validation and testing of digital and mixed-signal designs
  • Previous experience designing biomedical electronics
  • Familiarity with CentOS7/RHEL 7 Linux

To apply, please email hiring@iota.bio

Preclinical Physiologist I

iota Biosciences is a next-generation bioelectronic medicine company, soon to be headquartered in Alameda, CA. We are building vanishingly small implantable devices powered wirelessly with ultrasound to monitor and treat disease. We are looking for a bachelor’s-level preclinical physiologist to perform preclinical pilot studies in small animal models, perform assays, and monitor therapeutic outcomes. This is a full-time laboratory position. The role involves hands-on laboratory research testing cutting-edge bioelectronic therapies that will be quickly moved into clinical trials. The ideal candidate would have a background in biology and laboratory experience, be enthusiastic, excited about biotechnology, and willing to learn and take on new roles as they arise.

Responsibilities

  • Perform animal health checks and collect biological samples
  • Perform biochemical assays, such as ELISA and flow cytometry
  • Maintain cell cultures
  • Test therapies in small animal models
  • Dilute and maintain stock solutions
  • Sterilize materials
  • Calibrate laboratory equipment
  • Catalog samples and reagents
  • Keep detailed records of lab procedures and activities
  • May be required to work a non-standard work week (for example, Wed-Sun)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field
  • Animal handling skills
  • Experience with basic laboratory skills:

    – Pipetting

    – Centrifugation

    – – Diluting and aliquoting reagents

    Performing and recording measurements

    – Keeping a detailed laboratory notebook
  • Able to precisely follow written SOPs
  • Self-motivated and independent worker
  • Good communications skills
  • Comfortable with the scientific process, from experimental design to data collection

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 or more years full-time laboratory experience
  • Small animal surgery experience, especially sterile procedures
  • Cell culture experience
  • Familiarity with 21 CFR Part 11 (GLP) regulations
  • Knowledge of immunohistochemistry
  • Knowledge of flow cytometry
  • Familiarity with electrophysiology equipment

To apply, please email hiring@iota.bio

Senior Systems Engineer, Ultrasound

Responsibilities

  • Optimize all aspects of the novel communication protocol underlying iota’s cutting-edge wireless power system.
  • Use a variety of simulation methods to design ultrasound transducers optimized for a specific therapeutic application. Verify the performance of these custom designed transducers across a family of products in a benchtop environment.
  • Rigorously validate novel ultrasound algorithms in the appropriately designed benchtop test fixtures, working with mechanical and electrical engineers as needed.
  • Work with mechanical, electrical and software engineers to drive iteration of ultrasound methods. Work with other engineers to define algorithm specifications.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: MS in computer science, electrical engineering, or related technical field.
  • Expertise in signal processing algorithms commonly used in communication systems (filtering, down-conversion, envelope extraction, etc.)
  • Skilled in applying signal processing algorithms to sensor data (denoising, feature extraction, etc.).
  • 2+ years experience programming in C on an embedded target. For example, implementing algorithms with fixed-point arithmetic, optimizing signal processing data structures for a memory-limited environment.
  • Motivated, independent, efficient and able to handle several projects at once.
  • Interested in working in a dynamic small team environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with ultrasound systems.
  • Experience with oscilloscopes, FPGAs, microcontrollers and signal generators.
  • Knowledge of energy harvesting communication devices, like RFID
  • Prior experience working with other engineers of different disciplines as well as product managers and designers.

To apply, please email hiring@iota.bio

Staff Firmware Engineer, OS

The ideal candidate is a generalist and can contribute to the entire stack of embedded hardware development, all the way from board bring-up to software development to user interaction.

Responsibilities

  • Optimize an ultrasound control system implemented on an embedded platform containing a microcontroller and FPGA. Use modern software techniques to support multiple products while maximizing software reuse.
  • Collaborate with cloud engineers to develop the “big data” infrastructure for efficiently sending all required data from the embedded processor to the cloud backend, as well as retrieving any configuration data and messages from the backend.
  • Own the process of validating embedded software to medical regulatory standards while maintaining an industry-leading development pace.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: BS in computer science, electrical engineering, or related technical field.
  • 2+ years industry work experience programming in C on an embedded target. Demonstrated experience in shipping a product to market.
  • Articulate, motivated, independent, efficient and able to handle several projects in parallel. Interested in working in a small team environment with engineers of different skill sets.
  • In-depth experience in one or more of the following areas
    – Real-time OS for embedded platforms

    – Implementation of data transfer protocols (SPI, I2C, UART, USB etc)

    – PCB design for embedded systems

    – Interfacing with, and testing the interface of, peripheral devices connected to an embedded processor

    – Handling IoT data streams going to and from a cloud backend.
  • Experience with test automation tools (e.g., Jenkins) and modern software test/deployment methodologies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Substantial prior experience with ISO 13485 (QMS), ISO 14971 (risk management) and/or IEC 62304 (medical device software)
  • Knowledge of energy harvesting communication devices, like RFID
  • Experience working with ultrasound systems is a plus.
  • Experience with oscilloscopes, FPGAs, microcontrollers and signal generators.
  • Experience in an HDL, such as Verilog or VHDL, is a plus.
  • Prior experience working with other engineers of different disciplines as well as product managers and designers.

To apply, please email hiring@iota.bio

Our Mission

iota Biosciences is dedicated to transforming how doctors monitor and treat disease by advancing our understanding of how bioelectronics can interact with the human nervous system. Building on award-winning “neural dust” technology developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, iota is building a platform for the future of bioelectronic medicine.

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