Senior System Engineer

Full Time
North Ryde NSW
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description

The role can be based in Sydney (Australia), Detroit or Palo Alto

  • Start-up backed by Tier 1 Venture Capital firms in the US and ANZ, raising our Series-C!
  • Make an impact on the miniaturisation of our LiDAR
  • Fun and inclusive culture, Finalist of People's Choice Award 2021

About Baraja
Baraja is changing the world of self-driving cars through the invention of a new type of LiDAR called Spectrum-Scan™ that delivers ultra-high performance at high resolution, even at incredibly far distances. Today, Baraja LiDAR is already deployed in multiple verticals, working with global automotive and industrial partners.

Originally founded in Sydney, Australia, we also have offices in the US, China and Europe. We are funded by Sequoia Capital, Blackbird and Main Sequence Ventures and we are excited to continue growing the team, so if you are looking for a fast-paced, dynamic role in a start-up we are keen to hear from you!

The Opportunity
In partnership with Tier 1 ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) Qualcomm-Veoneer and Tier IV, we are jointly re-inventing LiDAR towards its miniaturisation behind the windshield. This seamless automotive integration can help autonomous vehicle achieve full autonomy (Level 4), thereby improving safety on our roads.

Our vision is to drive its adoption by the automotive industry with providing the most performing, compact, manufacturable and cost-effective sensor. Now is your chance to make an impact and contribute to the greater good of society!


Your Role


On the road to high-volume automotive LiDAR adoption, we are looking for a Senior Systems Engineer to help us with first, exceeding automotive standards; and second, the timely design and delivery of our automotive LiDAR systems.

The role reports to our Systems Engineering Manager and cross-functionally collaborate with Engineering (e.g. Electronics, Mechanics, Software, Firmware, Optical, etc) and Advanced Manufacturing.

The V-model we follow is comprising of the following steps:

  • System requirements, architectural designs and trade-off analyses
  • Subsystem requirements, subsystem trade-off analyses
  • Light generation and modulation schemes
  • Homodyne detection and noise analyses
  • Link budget and error budget calculations
  • Selection of receiver topologies
  • Completion of performance models and predictions

You'll federate the teams around the following

  • Engineering
    • Develop engineering responses to market and customer requirements
    • Develop innovative and cost-effective solutions and architectural proposals that address market needs
    • Provide technical guidance for the generation of component, subsystem and system test and validation plans with full traceability back to the system and subsystem requirements
  • Verification & Validation
    • Propose and develop test beds and models to simulate the performance of new LiDAR subsystems and components along with their impact to the overall systems performance
    • Design appropriate DOEs (Design of Experiments) and analyse data and provide meaningful interpretations, conclusions, and next steps
  • Project coordination
    • Cooperate efficiently and effectively across multiple functional and multidisciplinary teams and with external partners and suppliers
    • Collaborate in matrixed project team members towards the resolution of a common goal
    • Communicate clearly and effectively – both verbally, in written documentation, and in presentations – to subject matter experts, executives, and laymen
  • Risk Management
    • Actively and carefully assess risks and develop risk mitigation plans to proactively manage potential showstoppers and avoid late delivery and cost overruns

Your Qualifications & Skills
You are a respected and sought-after technical leader that can lead large multidisciplinary high-volume product development efforts with experience in the following:

  • Technical skills
    • High-volume low-cost LiDAR or Radar sensor product development or equivalent such as high frequency test and measurement systems
    • Homo- or heterodyning receiver system development and SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) analysis
    • Multidisciplinary experience with electronics, optical, mechanical, signal processing, and algorithm development
    • Evidence of being able to make trade-offs across disciplines and develop appropriate system solutions and architectures
    • Tolerance analysis and error budgeting
    • Scripting (Python, C/C++, Matlab, etc)
  • Soft skills
    • Able to give technical direction and motivate and excite a multidisciplinary team
    • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
    • Capable of making clear conclusions and recommendations and direct subsequent follow-up work and actions
  • Academic Background
    • Tertiary education in Engineering or similar discipline

Desirable experience:

  • Experience with JMP or Minitab
  • Requirements management system software experience

Our Culture & Values

We believe that our culture is one of our most important assets and we've wrapped it up with three key values that we do our best to live up to every day:

  • Hustle to deliver on hard and meaningful problems - Passion to achieve. Resilience & learning. What's the next challenge?
  • Build the machine that builds the machine - It's not enough to design amazing products, we need to design the means to manufacture these products, at scale.
  • Develop sustained high performance - Great teams make great things. They also respectfully challenge each other to reach the next milestone.

We work in an Agile (i.e. SCRUM, Kanban) fashion where multi-disciplinary squads are formed from tribes. This includes:

  • Horizon model (e.g. Product Plan, Product Roadmap)
  • Product Development Process (e.g. Phase & Gate: PDR, DDR, CDR, etc)
  • Design Thinking (e.g. Viability, Feasibility, Usability, etc)

We work towards our goals by being in constant communication in person and through a range of technologies. We also have big ears for feedback from customers to help us continually improve the Baraja experience. We are pretty good at what we do (but definitely not perfect), so you'll be learning from and working with a top-flight team on a mission to be better every day.


Benefits & Perks

Common to all our employees:

  • ESOP (Employee Share Option Plan)
  • Paid Maternity & Paternity leave: 12 weeks for the primary care-giver and 6 weeks for the secondary one
  • Wellness Allowance
  • WFH (Working From Home) Allowance
  • Daily healthy lunch provided onsite
  • Quarterly Team event
  • Volunteer day: 1 day / financial year
  • Visa sponsorship of a currently valid Visa & relocation assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Referral Program

To our US employees:

  • Life insurance
  • Retirement plan: 50% employer contribution past 3% of pay
  • Healthcare: 100% coverage
  • Vision and Dental: 100% coverage

To our Australian employees:

  • Novated Leasing
  • Baraja's Clubs (e.g. Coffee, Physics, Robotics, etc)
  • Social sporting teams (e.g. Hiking, Basketball, Soccer, Frisbee, Table tennis)

Recognitions & Awards

We've recently been the recipient of the following:

  • Winner of the 2021 InnovationAus Awards in Advanced Manufacturing
  • 2021 NSW Premier's Export NSW Awards
  • iAward for Automation Technologies Innovation of the Year 2019

Apply Now!

What are you waiting for? If you're looking for a rare opportunity within a fast-paced, innovative, growing global start-up we are keen to have a chat!


Full-time, Permanent
Australia, Detroit or Palo Alto
#LI-Onsite

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