Ref: SYN3855

Hardware Design Engineer

Overview: Syntech Recruitment is partnering with a dynamic and innovative med-tech start-up to scale their business. This start-up is dedicated to revolutionizing healthcare through advanced medical systems. As a Hardware Design Engineer, you will play a critical role in developing cutting-edge hardware solutions that enhance medical diagnostic capabilities while adhering to stringent medical device standards.

What this role looks like in project form

Short-Term Projects:

  • Design of key product line
  • Development of autonomous testing equipment for production line automation.
  • Creation of a hardware testing platform.

Mid-Term Projects:

  • High-speed digital design for real-time medical applications.
  • Power electronics architecture for high compute edge devices.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Hardware Design and Development: Lead comprehensive hardware engineering efforts including schematic capture, PCB design, and rapid prototyping.
  • Medical Device Standards Compliance: Ensure adherence to medical device design standards (ISO 13485, EN60601).
  • System Architecture: Architect robust system platforms utilising high throughput processor technologies, ensuring high performance and reliability in medical applications.
  • Testing and Validation: Utilise lab equipment for hardware testing and validation.
  • Component Management: Manage component selection and procurement, optimising supply chains to meet project timelines and quality standards.
  • Prototyping: Oversee testing and programming jigs development for hardware validation.
  • Quality Assurance: Ensure system compliance and quality assurance, collaborating with QA and Regulatory Affairs to meet global medical regulations and standards.
  • Design for Manufacture (DFM): Implement DFM principles to ensure hardware designs are optimised for manufacturing, reducing costs, and improving product quality.

Skills, Knowledge & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Embedded Systems, Robotics, Mechatronics, or a related field; a Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in hardware design engineering and design for manufacture; experience in C/C++ firmware development is preferred.
  • Proficiency in PCB design and validation software: Altium/KiCad/OrCAD/EAGLE, Power Analyzer by Keysight, SPICE simulations.
  • Experience with high-speed digital design and delay matching (DDR3/4, MIPI, PCIe, USB3.0+).
  • Strong understanding of analog sensor design and rapid prototyping.
  • Proficiency with lab equipment for hardware testing and validation.
  • Experience in designing embedded systems cantered around MCUs and FPGAs (preferably AVR, STM32, Zynq MPSoC, NXP).
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of design for manufacture (DFM) principles.


  • Competitive salary of £55-65k
  • 25 days holiday excluding bank holidays and company Winter holiday closure.
  • Flexible working hours and hybrid work arrangement (2 – 3 days per week on-site requirement).
  • Equipment for hybrid work provided.
  • Private health insurance (following a successful probation period).
  • Opportunity to work in an innovative, fast-paced start-up environment.
  • Collaborative and inclusive company culture.
  • Professional development and growth opportunities.

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