Embedded Software Engineer



Nikola Labs is a wireless power company with an advantaged far-field technology that converts radio frequency (RF) energy into direct current (DC) power. We are a devoted and capable team that includes world-renowned electrical engineers and distinguished business leaders united by a common goal – advancing wireless power into the marketplace. We are located at The Point at Otterbein University, a maker-space and incubator for technology start-ups and home to the school’s engineering program,


Nikola Labs is a rapidly growing start-up with big ambition. We think and act nimbly and believe in open communication from every team member, where feedback to improve technology and company operations is both encouraged and rewarded. We have an informal work environment that favors results over bureaucracy.


  • Work with brilliant teammates and the coolest technologies

  • Enjoy a flexible, collaborative culture

  • Make a real difference

  • Share in the fruits of your labor

  • Love the place you work


We are seeking a motivated and talented Embedded Software Engineer with 2 to 4 years experience, to work closely with great electrical and software engineers and help to advance our products and continued success in the marketplace.

This role focuses on embedded firmware design and development in a product development lifecycle for an ambitious product roadmap. It spans full lifecycle development, including requirements gathering, design, development, testing, production deployment, documentation, training, configuration, and maintenance.

  • Work in a software development methodology based on agile and lean thinking, adhering to the established coding conventions, documentation standards, testing procedures, and quality assurance

  • Work towards the development and optimization of code for low power applications

  • Author and implement scalable and sustainable embedded code for current and future systems

  • Design, test, and implement autonomous control functions (e.g. power control, subsystem triggering, error handling) for current and future systems

  • Work closely with firmware and electrical engineers to support board-level and system-level bring-up, testing, and debugging

  • Implement command and control interfaces 

  • Analyze test data for ways to improve our existing controls and design

  • Participate in system and software module level design reviews


Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or similar or other relevant experience

  • 2 to 4 years’ experience in:

    • Firmware and device driver development

    • Embedded Software development experience

  • Ability to debug embedded systems using oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, IDE debuggers, etc.

  • Knowledge of embedded microprocessors (Microchip, STMicro, Texas Instruments, etc.)

  • Experience with serial communication protocols such as USB, SPI, I2C, and UART - Ability to debug firmware and dive into the hardware (reading schematics, hardware bring up, measurement equipment, etc.)


Experience writing bootloaders for over the air (OTA) and serial updates

  • The ability to read and interpret schematics and/or Bluetooth and other low power communication protocols

  • Understanding of Continuous Integration methods

  • Understanding of end-to-end SW development tool chains and environments.

  • General Embedded Systems experience

  • Experience using embedded software development tools such as compilers, debuggers, and emulators

  • Power optimization for embedded system

  • Experience working with version control software such as Git.

  • Knowledge of Embedded RTOS and Device Driver/ Diagnostics

  • Knowledge of TCP/IP and socket level networking and USB protocols