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Graduate Embedded Software Engineer

Scheme at Cambridge Consultants

Graduate Embedded Software Engineer

Scheme at Cambridge Consultants

  • LocationCambridge, UK
  • Position levelScheme
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 14 Sep, 2018
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  • CompetitiveCompetitive

To specify, design, develop and test embedded software for complex medical systems for diagnostics, surgical, and drug delivery applications

Many of the systems you will be working on will include electronics, optics, fluidics, robotics and UI components, thus requiring an all-round engineering knowledge, attention to detail and good team-work skills.

Each project is different, and you will get involved at all stages of the product development lifecycle.

As a graduate engineer we would expect you to be involved in multiple projects simultaneously, gradually taking responsibility for the delivery of the assigned task according to your level of experience.

Type of work undertaken by the group

The Medical Software Group is part of the Medical Technology Division which undertakes development projects in four focus areas:

Surgical and Interventional Products

Medical Diagnostics and Instrumentation

Drug Delivery Devices

Wireless devices / eHealth

Recent project work includes:

Control software for large systems comprising multiple interconnected processors and involving large code bases and geographically distributed teams;

Software for tiny, resource-constrained microcontrollers that form part of cost-sensitive products to be manufactured in high volumes;

Safety-critical software for surgical systems;

Computer vision based diagnostics software;

Software to enable wireless communication between components of medical devices;

Medical software for mobile platforms;

Exciting user interfaces developed in conjunction with our industrial designers.

We work using industry best practises including: continuous integration, test-driven development and code generation.

Specific responsibilities

As you develop, with specific training and support, you will become responsible for:

Working within a multidisciplinary team to develop software specifications and test protocols

Delivery of high-quality code, according to specifications

Delivery of high-quality design documentation according to medical regulations

Perform tests, code reviews, and other quality assurance tasks

Fast prototyping in support of proof of principle activities.

Carrying out your specific project tasks within the timescales and budgets agreed with the project manager

There are many other aspects to the work in addition to design, including the participation in work estimation, the presentation of results to clients or the participation in concept-generation sessions.

As your experience develops you will be given the opportunity to take on further responsibilities limited only by you own capabilities and ambition.

You will be expected to work on multiple projects at once.

The role may include some travel.

Minimum requirements

To meet the requirements of this role you will have:

A good degree (2:1 or first class) in a relevant subject, such as Electronics Engineering or Computer Science

Good knowledge of C or C++

A working knowledge of microcontrollers or embedded microprocessors

Good oral and written communication and presentation skills

In addition, any experience of the following would be advantageous

An understanding of electronics and interfacing microcontroller with various sensors and actuators

Experience in programming under either Windows, Linux, Android or iOS

Knowledge of another programming language or a scripting language

A background in control theory, digital signal processing or computer vision

Relevant work experience or participation to the Year in the Industry programme

A background in system modelling using UML or SysML or OO design techniques


As a graduate, you'll start your career doing the work that interests you most. Where you go from there is up to you. We give you the freedom to follow your interests and steer your own career in the direction you want, providing you with all of the support, mentoring and training you need.

  • Good salaries, based on merit and reviewed annually
  • Bonus scheme in addition to basic salary
  • Flexible working hours
  • Excellent career development and training opportunities
  • Free lunches and refreshments
  • Private medical insurance and company sickness scheme
  • Pension scheme including free life assurance
  • 25 days annual holiday plus public holidays
  • Assistance in relocation if applicable
  • Active social committee
  • Well equipped and pleasantly situated building on the Cambridge Science Park
  • Above all, real responsibility for real business problems, with good career prospects based on merit

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Job location

Science Park, Milton Rd, Milton, Cambridge CB4 0DW, UK