Lead Controls and Firmware Engineer

San Francisco   |   Full time

The company: 

Chef Robotics is on a mission to allow humans to do what they do best and machines to do what they do best. In the long run, we want to use the systems we build to help put a dent in domestic malnutrition and global hunger. See more about our mission in our manifesto and how our company is run in our principles

Desired Automation Engineering Experience

  • PLC controls 

  • HMI

  • Servo Motion 

  • Vision Inspection & Vision-guided motion

  • Industrial networking protocols: Ethernet/IP, RS232, Profinet, Ethernet TCP/IP, EtherCAT, etc.

  • Ethernet communications between machine PLCs and database systems

  • Industrial instrumentation and PID loop control

Designed Firmware Engineering Experience

  • In-depth understanding of torque control techniques such as slip-based control, field oriented control, direct torque control

  • Experience with various PWM schemes such as space vector, discontinuous, and sinusoidal modulation, including data-acquisition methods

  • Familiarity with motor control algorithms and low speed control techniques

  • Load cells and different hardware mechanisms

  • Proficiency selecting appropriate circuit protectors, wire and cable, sensors, safety hardware, PLC hardware, remote I/O, VFD and servo systems.


  • BS in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering (or equivalent majors in Controls and Computer Control Systems, Mechatronic Engineering, Automation Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, etc.)

  • 2+ years of experience in robotics engineering, firmware engineering, controls, custom automation.

Bonus Points

  • Previously shipped a product

  • Experience with ROS

  • Experience with Linux

  • Experience with Python scripting

  • Experience with cloud infrastructure and tooling

  • Previous experience in a startup environment

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