Electrical Engineer - Train Interfaces

Job description

Railnova designs and operates an embedded computer called "Railster" and a railway analytics software called "Railfleet".  Currently more than 1100 "Railster" devices are mounted on trains and locomotives and continuously transmit IoT data to Railnova servers. More than 2000 users use Railfleet every day.

Railnova's solution provides Railway Operators an industry leading remote monitoring and predictive maintenance solution.  

Here is how it works: the Railster is safely connected to the train bus via a cable kit that you designed. The connection points are made to field busses such as MVB, Profibus, Can, RS485, but also to RS232 diagnostics ports or analog points such as batteries or sensors. The Railster then collects and analyses up to 6000 parameters from the train in near real time and sends it to the Railfleet Software. On Railfleet, users are presented a dashboard of live data and alerts where they can prevent failures, perform remote diagnostics without having to go on the locomotive, schedule maintenance pro-actively and optimise energy consumption.

Our clients include Railway Companies such as  Akiem (France), Alstom (France), BLS Cargo (Switzerland), DB Cargo (Germany), Lineas (Belgium), Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Netherlands), ÖBB (Austria), SBB Cargo (Switzerland),  SNCF Mobilités (France). 

Railnova's remote monitoring solution is compatible with Alstom, Siemens, Bombardier, Stadler, EMD, Vossloh locomotives and passenger trains as well as with major sub-components such as train doors, diesel engine, or ERTMS, and provides an all-in-one solution which individual manufacturers are unable to achieve.

In 2018, Railnova launched the Railster 2, an IoT powerhouse based on Xilinx integrated CPU + FPGA architecture as well as our patented Universal Interface Ports, which can adapt to any field bus only with software configuration.

To accompany our growth, we are looking for an experienced Electrical Engineer to join the Train Interface team.

Key Responsibilities

You will work with the Train Interface team as an electrical cabling specialist and be surrounded by software, safety and supply chain experts and extend Railnova’s leadership in train interface compatibility.

Your key responsibility will be to design cabling and connectors solutions to adapt the Railster to new types of trains, metros, trams, locomotives, commuter trains and high speed trains. 

For each new train interface, you will be responsible for: 

  • analysing the train electrical schematics to identify connection points on the train
  • designing clever cabling schematics and easy-to-assemble connectors for field busses (MVB, Can Bus, J1708, RS484, Ethernet,  RS232, Ethernet, FIP) and sensors (battery, level sensors, temperature sensors, vibration sensors…)
  • following up the industrialisation of your cabling kit with the supply chain team (cabling fabrication is outsourced at specialised companies)
  • participating in the design of mechanical installation in the train 
  • writing up simple and pragmatic installation instructions so that our Clients can easily install the Railster and the cable kit themselves. 

You will be responsible for the end-to-end implementation of your projects, client communication, escalation of issues and decision making at our level. You will be engaged with suppliers to find innovative solution, with Railnova software programmers for testing and with our Client end users to provide them a working and functional digitally connected train.   


  • Master / Bachelor in electrical, electrotechnical, mechatronics or electronics  or equivalent by experience 
  • First experience or significant internship in industrial electrical engineering or railway industry.
  • Extensive experience of designing cabling schematic, reading and understanding electrical schematics
  • Able to think outside the box and quickly identify technical solution during field missions on trains, which are time constrained
  • General knowledge of industrial buses and protocols (MVB, Can, J1708, J1939, RS232, RS485, FIP)
  • Mechanical knowledge a plus (Autocad, Solidworks) 
  • Electronics knowledge a plus (Altium, ...) 
  • Ability to work autonomously and proactively in a fast paced environment
  • Excellent written communicator: you provide regular written project updates, identify blocking point and re-prioritise accordingly.  

How to apply ?

Please submit your application by filling in the application form.

The application happens in 2 steps:

1. Write Up: in the application form, please submit a short write-up  describing a cabling design problem you encountered on a past project and how you resolved it. Be sure to explicit the problem and your proposed solution so that the reader can understand the reasoning. In the last paragraph of your write up, please do let us know why you want to work for Railnova and why you think Railnova will help you achieve more in your career. As most of the communication happens in writing at Railnova, we want to make sure you are a good and autonomous writer with this write-up question.

2. Cable Design Exercise: once you have submitted your write-up, we will review your application and provide you feedback. If the feedback is positive, we will invite you for a cable design exercise were we will simulate a field mission on a train. During this field mission, you will have to analyse the cabling schematics of the train and propose a connectivity solution for installing the Railster on the train.