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Senior Firmware Engineer - Synapse ITS

Senior Firmware Engineer - Synapse ITS

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The Firmware Engineer will develop and support traffic products, enabling safe navigation for the visually impaired


The Firmware Engineer will develop and support our industry-leading traffic products. The successful candidate will help create products that allow the visually impaired to safely experience the world on their own terms.

Job Duties: Include but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintain and enhance embedded software for existing product lines.
  • Own the embedded software system design cycle from requirements through launch and beyond.
  • Design, develop, code, test, and debug embedded software.
  • Integrate, verify, and validate new product designs and design changes.
  • Perform design and code reviews.
  • Interface with a cross-functional engineering team.
  • Support the Tech Support team with intimate product knowledge.
  • Contribute to a fun and innovative work environment.
  • Work in an Agile environment using Atlassian toolset

Education: Bachelors Degree in Electrical, Electronic, Computer Science or Computer Engineering

Technical Experience & Skills:

  • 7+ years’ experience in embedded software development and writing C and/or assembly code for microcontrollers such as Microchip PIC, Freescale/NXP, ST, Cortex M3/M0 and Atmel.
  • Mastery of C language programming as it pertains to an embedded environment.
  • Strong understanding of computer architecture and embedded software development best practices, with significant experience in low level development and programming.
  • Real time development experience with and without an RTOS.
  • Knowledge of communication interfaces, such as SPI, I2C, I2S, UART, CAN, USB, BLE, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet.
  • Ability to read schematics to troubleshoot, debug and bring up new hardware using oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, protocol analyzers and in-circuit emulators.
  • Experience programing peripheral hardware at the register level.
  • Working knowledge of C++.
  • Working knowledge of IoT principles and methods
  • Familiarity with OOP design principles.
  • Familiarity with various ARM architectures (e.g. Cortex M4, M7, etc.).
  • Familiarity with security basics (e.g. TrustZone, security certificates, etc.).

Soft Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, organizational and follow-up skills.
  • Solid problem-solving skills. Highly technical, quickly grasping how things work. Presents technical concepts, ideas, and information in terms that both engineers and non-engineers can understand.
  • Motivated by continuous learning and development.
  • Functions well in a small company/startup environment. (High visibility, accountability and development velocity)
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and collaboratively with a cross functional team.
  • Disciplined engineering approach.
  • Differentiates value added activities from waste.
  • Demonstrates systems thinking.

About the Company

Synapse ITS is a comprehensive transportation technology platform focused on increasing roadway safety, accessibility and efficiency through innovative infrastructure. Comprised of 4 leading brands in the traffic industry, Synapse is dedicated to delivering smarter, data-driven technologies to help cities increase safety, optimize resources, and meet Vision Zero goals. As the leading traffic and pedestrian safety platform for intelligent transportation systems (“ITS”) in North America with a portfolio of products including Accessible Pedestrian Signals (“APS”) systems, intersection traffic safety products and “away from intersection” pedestrian and traffic safety technology. The Company has a track record of innovation, harnessing a broad suite of intellectual property while developing new applications like touchless push buttons, Advanced Traffic Controller (ATC) related products, device connectivity and solar LED technology.

Polara Enterprises LLC Headquartered in Greenville, Texas, Polara designs and manufactures the most technologically advanced and durable ADA-compliant and pedestrian-friendly crosswalk devices on the market. With hundreds of thousands of Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) and push buttons installed across North America, Polara is one of the most trusted names in pedestrian safety.

Carmanah Technologies Corp. Over more than 25 years, Carmanah has earned a global reputation for delivering innovative “away from the intersection” safety solutions that offer cost savings while ensuring environmental sensitivity. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, their portfolio includes a broad range of products, including solar and AC powered systems for midblock crosswalks, school zones, traffic-calming, and general hazard marking.

Eberle Design Inc. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, EDI is a leading provider of highly engineered traffic safety products and ITS technologies that enable safe and connected infrastructure. EDI’s Advanced Traffic Controller (ATC) suite of products represents the latest technological advancements to increase safety, cabinet reliability, functionality, and ease of maintenance.

Diablo Controls Diablo Controls is a pioneering manufacturer of traffic, access, and parking control technologies. Based in Crystal Lake, IL, the company is best known for developing the first microcontrollers in the traffic and parking industries, as well as a variety of highly reliable and easy-to-install detectors, transmitters, receivers, and automatic vehicle identification (AVI) devices. 


  • Annual Bonus Program
  • Robust Health and Dental plan and Employee Assistance Program for you and your dependents.
  • TELUS Health Virtual Healthcare
  • Health Spending Account
  • Health & Wellness subsidy
  • 3 weeks’ vacation to start, 4 weeks at 5-years.
  • Generous unplanned emergency/sick days
  • Professional development and training
  • Secure bike cage
  • Shower facilities.
  • Hybrid remote work program
  • Community support and regular social activities!
  • Robust recycling program (bring in municipal limited items from home)
  • Weekly snacks, coffees, and local tea's
  • FREE and ample parking
  • Member of the BC Green Business Collective, holding ourselves accountable to our Corporate Social Responsibilities for a greener workplace (yup, we consider this a perk!).

Synapse-ITS offers a competitive total rewards package which includes an incentive plan, comprehensive health & dental benefits, and generous paid time off.   The annualized base salary range for this Victoria, B.C. based role is CAD $85,000 to $120,000.

*The base salary offered to the successful candidate will consider a wide array of factors including but not limited to the individual’s skill set, level of experience applicable to the role and consideration of internal equity.  We pay our people competitively in the markets in which we compete for talent and with consideration of internal equity and job structure. Actual salaries may vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors, including, but not limited to, experience, performance, and expertise.

If you are interested in this role, please Apply here!

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Location : Victoria, BC

Experience Level : Senior Level

Salary range : $85,000 - $120,000

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