Senior Systems Engineer

Acroname's engineering team is expanding and looking for an experienced systems engineer with a GTD attitude. Acroname engineers enable customer success by inventing and enhancing product offerings through solving complex automation problems in production testing, design validation, and control systems.

The Senior Systems Engineer role requires an engineer with substantial hands-on experience building, debugging, and fixing prototype and production hardware. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) firmware and software development, primarily analog and mixed-signal peripherals. If this begins to describe you, keep reading:

Key Skills:

  • understands magic is just sweat and hard work flavored with a bit of talent
  • self-indulges in debugging tricky hardware issues
  • revels in digging up problems in schematics, layouts, and test systems
  • tolerates manual bench testing, validation, and characterization
  • but takes (good) notes, and writes (better) scripts, for next time
  • leverages hard wired muscle memory in IDEs, CAD tools, and text editors
  • but isn’t tied to a particular development environment or religion
  • possesses a freaky talent (persistence) for finding the root cause of failures
  • reads existing code and starts from what's there
  • not barring the above, knows when to refactor
  • recognizes the not-invented-here syndrome, and has been previously inoculated against it
  • willing to jump in and solve any problem, caused by anyone

What you'll do:

  • be a self-driven contributing member of our engineering team
  • expand and improve Acroname production test coverage and capability
  • help steer architecture of Acroname products and test systems
  • detect, diagnose, and document hardware and software issues, ours or not
  • validate hardware designs, test methods, and firmware behavior
  • analyze production test data, failures, and field returns to determine root causes
  • utilize standard and home grown lab equipment and systems
  • soldering of 0201 and QFN/QFP components

Key Traits:

  • BS or MS in Systems, Electrical or Computer Engineering or Computer Science
  • knows that test engineering is more than just patterns and shmoo plots
  • other degrees acceptable with relevant work experience
  • 3+ years of validation, test, or systems engineering experience
  • if you just graduated college, this job isn't for you
  • seriously, this is not an entry level position
  • 3+ years writing maintainable, deployable C, C++ and Python
  • experienced with standard electronics lab equipment
  • able to travel for business, including international travel (<10%)
  • thinks outside the box, unlike a docker container
  • has a sense of humor; we only do this because we want to
  • must be a US citizen (sorry, we work on US government contracts, so no options here)

Bonus Points:

  • accepts that the more you dig (validate), the more dirt (bugs) you pile up
  • worn out the F5 key since it’s refreshing
  • has a wicked cool vimrc file
  • or remapped modifier key to relieve Emacs pinky
  • climbs 5.13 or throws tires at people who do
  • pedaled up a 14er on a single speed just to prove you could
  • rebuilt your whole house because you wanted to buy the tools
  • built a Lichtenberg machine and still have all appendages mostly functional

What You'll Get:

  • moderated glory
  • full benefits (and an RTD bus pass)
  • salary
  • 401(k), dental, health insurance, HSA, paid time off, vision
  • potential stock grants


Who: Acroname, Inc.
What: awesome engineering for awesome products
When: immediate and permanent
Why: because you're awesome, we're awesome and together our products will be awesome
Where: Boulder, CO (Local candidates strongly preferred; relocation not paid)
How: Send your resume to

More About Acroname:

While we take our products and customer needs seriously, we are a small and uniquely Boulder business. All of our coworkers have lives outside of work, and we pride ourselves on not taking things too seriously. We work hard; there are serious crunch times.

As an engineer at Acroname, you'll join a small, quick-moving team building tools based on decades of experience; think of us as a seasoned start-up. Your work will be challenging and dynamic, filling days with engaging challenges. You'll get to work with the team to architect new products, delve into the subtleties of our APIs, espouse the virtues of the new Python idiom you just found, and learn from a great group of colleagues. You get the freedom to move things where you think they should go while not having to start from nothing. And sometimes, you'll just be waiting for Eclipse to restart since it crashed.

Acroname is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We also take affirmative action to offer employment and advancement opportunities to all applicants, including minorities, women, orientations, religions, and individuals with disabilities.

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