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Electronics Engineer

Muddy Machines

Muddy Machines

United Kingdom
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2023

About Muddy Machines

Muddy Machines is an award winning AgTech start-up tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges: a growing population to feed, a changing climate and food shortages.

Our mission is to help farmers become resilient against labour shortages in a sustainable way. We are building a multi-purpose robotic platform we affectionately call Sprout which we provide to farmers as a service (Robotics as a Service).

Sprout’s first harvest tool is a Green Asparagus harvester given that crop’s high value per kilo and high reliance on farm labour - but we are just getting started! More harvest tools are in the pipeline.

Using AI and the latest in sensor technology, we are able to measure every spear of Asparagus and use advanced algorithms and reinforcement learning to predict crop yields over the coming days and report them to growers, consequently improving profits and optimising crop yield.

Joining our collaborative and supportive team means being a part of an effort that helps farmers, protects the environment, and contributes to the creation of more sustainable food production for us all.

About the role

We currently only have one full-time electronics engineer working across our robot and harvesting tools. We need another electronics engineer to join and work collaboratively to help design, manufacture and test all our different electronic systems for our equipment (PCBs, Power Electronics, Cable Harnesses)

This is a unique opportunity to use your experience to push the boundaries of robotics products in the agriculture industry and in doing so, become an integral part of Muddy Machines.

Bharath, one of our Mechanical Engineers had this to say about working at Muddy Machines: "In my 10 years of experience designing various things, the most exciting part of the job has always been problem-solving. In previous roles, it was a lot of fun, but looking back from a worldly perspective, it had a very small impact. But at Muddy Machines, the countless hours I have spent thinking/imagining actually helps the most underrated job of all - feeding people!"

As an Electronics Engineer at Muddy Machines, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of our current systems, how they interact and help implement changes as wemove towards production
  • Develop and support the development of test fixtures, testing of existing systems, along with semi-automated production testing for new designs
  • Carry out the design, implementation and documentation of cable harnesses on our robotic vehicle and harvester prior to production
  • Help assemble, test and validate our harvesting robots and harvesters.
  • Collaborate with other engineers across disciplines to deliver industry-defining products
  • Work across all product stages, from research and development to implementation and field trials
  • Conduct field trials throughout the year to test your technologies

Desirable experience:

  • Experience working with production electronics and production scale design of electronics systems to allow us to scale up our production
  • Experience/understanding of the importance of Design-for-Test and Design-for-Manufacture to ensure the reliability of our robots
  • Production design, documentation and assembly of automotive, robotic or motorsport wiring harnesses
  • System debugging and electronics troubleshooting to identify and repair any faults that may occur or repair robots in the field
  • Electronics and PCB design knowledge to enable the development and improvements of our systems and harvesting technology (preferably Altium)
  • Experience with high-power electronic/electrical systems including motor drives and power switching
  • Experience with robotics, electric vehicles
  • Hands-on experience working in an electronics lab
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment
  • Excellent ability to communicate technical knowledge in a clear and understandable manner
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to travel to our test sites for in-field validation

Remember, this is just a guide, if you don't know about all of the above, but the idea of learning about them excites you then please apply!

  • Stock options: We offer generous shares in the company to ensure that everyone feels a sense of ownership and motivation to contribute to the success of Muddy Machines. You’ll be rewarded for your hard work in helping us reach our collective goals.
  • Private Medical Insurance: We prioritise the well-being of our team by providing comprehensive private medical insurance, which includes mental health care cover. We recognise that a healthy and happy workplace leads to increased productivity and is win-win for all!
  • Regular field trips: Our customers are Farmers, and how better to get to know your customers than by standing in their shoes (or wellies in this case ;- ) All Muddy Machine employees share a passion for the great outdoors and determination to make our planet a better place.
  • Flexible working: We value the lives of our team and understand the need for work-life balance. By offering flexible working arrangements, we aim to make the transition between work and personal life as seamless as possible. We will consider all requests so please tell us what works best for you.

Our Interview Process:

  1. Submit your CV and answer the questions on the application form
  2. If you are successful at this stage we'll arrange an initial video call who will explain the position, introduce Muddy Machines and get to know a little bit more about you (30 minutes)
  3. Successful candidates at this stage will then be invited to an on-site technical interview including with our Engineering Design Manager, Senior Electronics Engineer, CTO, and to meet some of the team (~3hrs)

At Muddy Machines, we have a unique opportunity to ensure our teams are diverse and inclusive from day one. We know outstanding results occur when unique individuals from diverse backgrounds come together and this is something we are keen to cultivate as our company grows. We welcome candidates from every community. We treat every employee equally, and fairly regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, race, religion, or sexual orientation. It is vitally important that each of our team members feels confident, comfortable, and empowered.

Note to recruitment agencies: Muddy Machines is committed to building a long-term approach to our hiring strategy, we are therefore already working in partnership with a selected talent partner. We, therefore, ask you to hold off sending speculative CVs or sales approaches through this email.

Salary Range: £40,000 to £50,000 depending on experience