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Senior Controls Engineer



Software Engineering
Somerville, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2024

To reinvent an industry, you have to build the best team. Join Formlabs if you want to bring groundbreaking professional 3D printers to the desktop of every designer, engineer, researcher, and artist in the world.

The systems integration team fills an important role in product development at Formlabs. From motion control, heater control, sensor control, error handling and calibration routines, to debugging prototype hardware and identifying root causes for issues as they arise, the systems integration team tackles a variety of challenges that span across multiple engineering disciplines.

The Formlabs systems integration team is looking for a Senior Controls Engineer who specializes in architecting and writing bare-metal microcontroller firmware. Control systems for galvanometers, motors, heaters, force measurement, and temperature sensing are essential to our printers and accessories, you will become a key contributor to designing and implementing control code. These systems are present on many products that Formlabs produces, and this position offers an opportunity to contribute to a variety of projects.

If you’re excited to build products that make an impact on millions of designers and engineers, we’d love to meet you!

The Job:

  • Architect and develop mechatronics control systems to support multiple platforms.
  • Collaborate across engineering disciplines to develop world-class solutions and solve interesting problems.
  • Identify problems, determine root causes, and implement solutions during product development cycles.
  • Contribute to strategic decisions like choice of software frameworks and key architecture changes


  • Take pride in delighting customers, and care deeply about shipping products that exceed customer expectations.
  • 5+ years post-graduate experience, work should include developing real-time embedded firmware in C++
  • Proficient in C++, can build complex bare-metal embedded software systems.
  • Experience with convolutional mathematics, mathematical optimization, and/or machine learning is a plus.
  • Ability to debug hardware problems using electrical schematics/CAD, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, etc.
  • Ability to work in a multi-developer environment.
  • Comfortable designing and interfacing with complex algorithms.

Bonus Skills:

  • An interest in 3d printing, robotics, lasers, and/or related technologies.
  • Experience working on, troubleshooting, and/or maintaining prototype hardware.
  • Experience designing and building embedded control systems from scratch.

Our Perks & Benefits:

  • Robust equity program to build future wealth through RSUs
  • Comprehensive healthcare coverage (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Low cost fund options in our 401K and access to advisors
  • Generous paid Parental Leave (up to 16 weeks)
  • Tenure-based paid Sabbatical Leave (up to 6 weeks)
  • Flexible Out of Office Plan – Take time when you need it
  • Ample on-site parking & pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Healthy on-site lunches, snacks, beverages, & treats
  • Regular sponsored professional development opportunities
  • Many opt-in culture events across our diverse community
  • And of course… unlimited 3D prints

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply. Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of 3D printing.