New R&D Vacancies at Ossila (now closed)

Posted on 05 Jun 13:21

Arduino/Kickstarter Summer Project - Closed

Project Overview:

The Arduino and single-chip Linux movements in conjunction with Kickstarter/Indigogo are revolutionising electronics prototyping for both industry and hobbyists by reducing the barriers to developing new concepts and equipment.

Recent examples of successful Kickstarter campaigns include Udoo ($641,614) and Red Pitaya ($256,125). Ossila has identified a new Linux/Arduino based product that would not just benefit our own research but potentially be successful enough to significantly disrupt an existing market sector. Initial work has demonstrated the general feasibility of the concept but we are now looking to develop the concept further and take it to prototype stage before we commit to full commercialisation and begin a Kickstarter campaign.

Two projects will run in parallel - one to focus electronics and the other to focus on software. The electronics project will involve developing a shield for an Arduino Due which will interface to a 24 bit DAC & ADC and low noise amplifier for a specific application.

Strong technical skills will be required but the role will also involve a large number of other activities to ensure a successful commercial outcome and specifically interfacing to the software project running in parallel.

Personal Requirements:

We will require someone that is able to apply themselves to the task at hand in a busy office environment with a diligent work ethic and good communication skills to ensure that the development projects runs smoothly. We are also looking for some or all of the below skills:

  • Strong knowledge of op-amps and ADCs.
  • Embedded controllers and/or open source hardware (Arduino etc)
  • PCB design and development


Linux/Kickstarter Summer Project - Closed

Project Overview:

The Arduino and single-chip Linux movements in conjunction with Kickstarter/Indigogo are revolutionising electronics prototyping for both industry and hobbyists by reducing the barriers to developing new concepts and equipment.

Recent examples of successful Kickstarter campaigns include Udoo ($641,614) and Red Pitaya ($256,125). Ossila has identified a new Linux/Arduino based product that would not just benefit our own research but potentially be successful enough to significantly disrupt an existing market sector. Initial work has demonstrated the general feasibility of the concept but we are now looking to develop the concept further and take it to prototype stage before we commit to full commercialisation and begin a Kickstarter campaign.

Two projects will run in parallel - one to focus electronics and the other to focus on software. The software project will involve:

  • Developing a customised µLinux distribution for an Arm Cortex A8 (Udoo)
  • Developing a customised command/control language via an XML interface (nominally python|perl)
  • Battle hardening against internet threats
  • Maximising data throughput rates over serial coms to an Arm Coretex M3 (Arduino Due) while retaining bomb-proof reliability
  • Optimise time-critical code on Coretex M3 to maximise accuracy.

Strong technical skills will be required but the role will also involve a large number of other activities to ensure a successful commercial outcome and specifically interfacing to the electronics design project running in parallel.

Personal Requirements:

We will require someone that is able to apply themselves to the task at hand in a busy office environment with a diligent work ethic and good communication skills to ensure that the development projects runs smoothly. We are also looking for some or all of the below skills:

  • Strong knowledge of Linux and serial coms
  • Experience of XML interfaces via Python/perl or other high level languages