Senior Hardware Designer

Job description

We are looking for a senior hardware designer to join our hardware team. The hardware team is responsible for the architecture, design, prototyping, testing and industrialization of hardware products such as the Railster, extension cards and connected sensors. 

The hardware team is also responsible to develop the base OS / firmware, drivers, FPGA Codecs, OTA kernel update server, IoT security, and the tooling to support fabrication. It is a highly multidisciplinary team that enables the safe data acquisition and powerful edge processing for our railway predictive maintenance solution.


As a senior hardware designer you will play an integral role in the design of new edge products for predictive maintenance.


About Railnova

Railnova's solution provides Railway Operators with an industry-leading remote monitoring and predictive maintenance solution.  Railnova designs and operates an edge computer called "Railster" and a railway analytics software called "Railfleet".  Currently more than 1500 Railster devices are mounted on trains and locomotives and continuously transmit IoT data to Railnova servers. More than 2000 maintenance and fleet engineers use our Railfleet cloud analytics platform every day to make trains safer, more reliable and available. We are planning to expand our product range with upgrading the Railster, adding specific data acquisition modules, certified IoT sensors, and increasing embedded analytics (FFT, DSP, ML and AI) to grow our predictive maintenance use cases.


Our clients include Railway Companies such as  Akiem (France), BLS Cargo (Switzerland), DB Cargo (Germany), Lineas (Belgium), Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Netherlands), ÖBB (Austria), SBB Cargo (Switzerland),  SNCF (France)... With 130,000 Trains and locomotives in Europe and a low equipment rate, we still have a large market to conquer.


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





Key Responsibilities

As a senior hardware designer, you will be responsible from architecture to industrialization of hardware products:

  • you will work with the commercial and professional services teams to understand our clients needs, and propose a viable solution
  • you will work with core R&D team members to sketch product architecture and project planning
  • you will perform PCB design (Altium Designer) and Mechanical design (Solidworks/Fusion 360) and set out clear validation milestones with your peers. Design validation is a team effort. 
  • during the development up to the prototyping phase, you will work in very autonomously and provide regular written design update on what you achieved, the validation risks you seek to alleviate and ask for the help you need.
  • as we work in a highly regulated environment, you will document yourself and account for TCMS safety levels,  EN50155 and EN45545 regulations early on in your designs and organize lab certification test and lab design review when needed.
  • you will develop tooling, testing and support documentation along the design process.
  • you'll engage with suppliers to find innovative solution or get them to provide timely FA (failure analysis). You are a strong communicator to this regard and you know how to get your answers.
  • you will also deliver a fully industrialized setup and accompany the Supply Chain team to build documentation, processes, tools and test benches to manufacture high quality and reliable hardware products.
  • you will support team members to write the embedded software that runs on the hardware platform
  • you will also maintain existing projects (EOL management, ECOs, redesigns, RMAs and root cause analysis)





  • MSC in Electronics is a must have. 5y+ of experience in Hardware Design (mixed, or digital electronics) is required for this Senior position.
  • Experience of working in regulated environment. Railways TCMS,  EN50155 and EN45545 experience a plus, otherwise you better be a fast reader and learner.
  • Strong PCB layout and design validation (we work with Altium Designer but if you know other CAD system you will learn fast)
  • At least intermediate level in C coding, although we would expect a senior hardware designer to be a proficient C coder. Python a plus.
  • Mechanical design experience is a plus (Fusion360 / Solidworks)
  • Autonomous and excellent communicator  (you should demonstrate such skills in applications).



How to apply

Press the "Apply" button and carefully fill in the 4 write-up questions to demonstrate that you are an excellent communicator. As most of the communication happens in writing at Railnova, we want to make sure you are a good and autonomous writer with theses write-up questions.

We will review your written submission and let you know if you are invited an interview. Interviews will be performed in the office or by visioconference. The recruiting process will also include a design exercise in a second phase.