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Job Description

Role: Electronic Engineer (Power/IoT)
We are looking for a skilled and highly motivated individual to lead the hardware development of an integrated hardware/software platform that teaches young people in Zambia the fundamentals of building a decentralised renewable energy supply. You will be working in a small team to deliver an innovative product which has the potential to make renewable electricity accessible to millions of people.

Requirements
- Completed BEng or equivalent experience in electronic engineering, electrical engineering or a related field
- Excellent problem solving and communication skills
- Familiarity with mixed signal design, embedded systems design, battery technologies and power electronics
- Familiarity with IoT services and big data pipeline infrastructure.
- Familiarity with wireless communication technologies (Bluetooth, GSM)
- Experience selecting and using microcontrollers and their peripheral circuitry (signal conditioning, board-level power supplies)
- Good understanding of DC-DC power converter design and development. Ideally you would have some experience building a switching power supply from scratch.
- Knowledge of microprocessor architecture and design (AVR, ARM, PIC)
- Experience of C or C++ programming for microcontrollers
- Hands on experience with electronics testing equipment (scope, DMM, sig-gen, PSU)
- Experience creating specifications and reading datasheets

Desired skills
- Passion for renewable energy and international development
- Experience with PCB design
- Leadership and project management experience
- Knowledge of battery charging circuitry (lithium-ion and lead acid batteries)
- Knowledge of microcontroller direct register access and low level programming
- Experience in the use of CAD tools (Eagle, KiCad) for electronic design
- Familiarity with control theory and digital implementation of controls
- Experience in modeling, simulation, and testing of electronics
- Experience in Africa or similar market with bottom of the pyramid customers

Responsibilities

- Leading the design and development of an internet connected renewable energy platform
- Ownership of PCB development – specification, design, prototyping and testing
- Participating in design studies to produce detailed specifications for electronic design
- Developing a power delivery module
- Developing an IoT communications module
- Supporting the development of educational materials, teaching electronic engineering
- Collaborating with multidisciplinary team members including teachers, designers and software engineers.

Certifications and/or Licences

Not required

Benefits

To be discussed

Job Details

Date Posted:

29 January 2020

Employment Type:

Full-time contract

Job Function:

Information and Communications Technology

Required Education:

Bachelor or equivalent

Required Languages:

Bemba, English, Nyanja

Work Experience:

No experience

Industry:

Energy


Contact

Contact

Address:

Lusaka, Zambia,
Lusaka, Zambia,

Website:

https://localelectricity.org/

We Support The Next Generation Of Energy Innovators In Africa

We believe the best way for students to learn this is to build an electricity which they can use in their daily lives and provides them with useful electricity. This not only engages students but it also contributes to improving access to electricity.

Once students have engaged with the Le1, we will show them how they can use local resources to build it and support them to create completely new ways of generating, converting and storing electricity.

We will be running these classes with students from across the country but will be offering scholarships to women as well as those from rural areas.

Once students have completed our course they will have the skills to build electricity supplies tailored to their community’s specific needs, reducing cost and increasing its reliability.

Meet the Le1
The Le1 is an educational kit which supports you in building your understanding of electricity and electronics, giving you all of the tools you need to apply your learning to the problem of access to electricity.

Through the Le1 you can join a growing community of educators and learners who want to create new ways of generating electricity.

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