Who are we?
Sidewalk Labs is an urban innovation company that tackles cities' greatest challenges. We create products and solutions, invest in new companies, and help developers build more sustainable, innovative, and equitable places around the world. Our ambitious vision requires us to push ourselves beyond conventional thinking, and we work hard in pursuit of our mission. Our cross-disciplinary team consists of experts from real estate, urban planning, government, finance, technology, and engineering, among other backgrounds.
Our urban innovations include Delve (a generative design product that empowers real estate teams to design better, faster, with less risk), Mesa (an easy-install kit for commercial buildings that cuts energy costs, improves tenant comfort, and simplifies building operations), Pebble (a low-cost vehicle sensor to help manage parking and curb space), and Affordable Electrification (a new way to manage home energy use to meet a customer’s monthly budget). We're also developing an offsite construction company that can deliver high-quality mass timber buildings for more sustainable living and working.
With the potential to radically improve quality of life in cities for all, our work is both exciting and complex. We are working to achieve something unprecedented — help us build it!
What is the role?
The role is for a hardware engineer for Pebble: a low-cost, low-infrastructure, privacy-preserving sensor product that Sidewalk is developing. The product is a vehicle detection system with two main components: (1) small, durable, low-power sensors that can be installed easily and at low cost, and (2) a wireless, solar-powered communications gateway. Pebble can provide parking operators, real estate developers, municipal agencies, and other managers of parking or curb space with the real-time data they need for better day-to-day operations and long-term planning.
As a hardware engineer, you will work across the organization and use technology to inform our decisions and bring this vision to life. We must create innovative products that will push the boundaries of traditional thinking in urban environments while protecting user privacy and security. This will involve bringing up physical and digital prototypes, deploying them in the built environment, finding clever solutions to power and networking constraints, and scaling them up to make a significant positive impact.
You will work closely with our software and firmware team, and you will develop deep partnerships with our UX designers, product managers, and mobility and built environment experts to deliver products to unlock the true potential of a place.
To learn more about our vision for Pebble, please check out this podcast episode.
Note: We are currently working remotely, and we expect to eventually re-open our offices when it is safe to return, in 2022. After re-opening, candidates will be expected to come into the New York office.
What you have to achieve:
- Within your first month, you will have integrated into the Pebble team and built a deep understanding of its current initiatives, technology infrastructure, and product direction.
- By the end of your third month, you will have prototyped at least one new idea to improve Pebble’s embedded systems.
- From there, your role will continue to evolve—we’re still a small team. Projects may be ad hoc or part of a longer-term initiative. Problems we are trying to solve could include:
- How might we design sensor products to help communities and planners understand their cities and make good decisions?
- How do we craft wireless protocols that operate seamlessly in every urban environment, from underground parking garages to busy downtown streets?
- What will secure our products against snowy climates, adversarial hackers, and daily wear-and-tear?
- Know your hardware engineering.
- Have a strong engineering background which usually includes electrical, mechanical, industrial or robotics expertise, materials and production knowledge.
- Understand physical hardware. Have experience designing and bringing up electrical systems from initial specification to final production, with a deep understanding of circuit design, sensors, and wireless communication.
- Because of the speed at which we're traveling, candidates need to be able to hit the ground running from day one. Therefore, 6+ years of industry experience are a must.
- Act as a technologist.
- Bias towards action and shipping. Once you’ve sketched out an idea, you find the fastest path to a prototype to prove the concept.
- Strong ability to build production designs quickly and cleanly. You recognize that documentation is just as important as design, and strive to build understandable systems.
- You are obsessed with privacy and constantly ask how we can build privacy into product design.
- Be comfortable with a range of hardware technologies, and make good decisions about which to use to solve a particular problem. You are excited to learn something new when the need arises.
- You always consider how our technology will affect customers and the communities they serve.
- Be creative: you’ll come up with new ideas based on your broad understanding of technological possibilities and city domain knowledge.
- Solve problems, together.
- Come up with novel solutions, working well with technologists and non-technologists alike.
- Ask hard questions and challenge assumptions to ensure that we’re solving the right problems.
- Have flexibility to work on the team’s most pressing problems.
- About cities, solving hard problems, and our team’s success.
- You are committed to creating more equitable and inclusive outcomes both in the workplace and in the work you do.
We are very excited to hear from you.
Sidewalk Labs is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We actively seek applicants from underrepresented communities. Even if you are not 100% sure you are right for the role, please apply and we will be happy to consider your application. All employment is based on merit and business need, and we respond to each application we receive.