Senior Mechanical Engineer, Surface, Microsoft Devices Group on the Surface product in Fort Collins, CO

TitleSenior Mechanical Engineer, Surface
CategoryHardware Engineering
LocationFort Collins, CO
DivisionMicrosoft Devices Group
Date AddedDecember 5, 2014
Open Positions1

Are you passionate about consumer and entertainment products and technologies? The Surface Team focuses on lighting up Microsoft experiences with touch first computing. A fundamental part of our strategy is having desirable and powerful devices that enable the experiences our consumers want, and elicit their excitement. Creating these devices involves a close partnership between hardware and software engineers, designers, and manufacturing. We are currently building the next generation and Surface needs you!

Role & Opportunity:

The Surface development team is seeking qualified candidates to drive and define electrical system including analog front end, digital signal processing, sensing algorithm and other aspects to deliver best touch experience.

In this position you will focus on touch and pen systems and with an emphasis on touch and pen system. In this role, you will have the opportunity to help define the future of human/computer interactions.
The responsibilities of this position are focused on architecture, prototyping, implementing and verifying the touch and pen system that make up the Surface product. This role also includes development of requirements and evaluating different solutions for functionality, cost, and risk. These include (but are not limited to): touch/pen technologies, touch panel stackups and the electronics that drive them (DSP, FPGA, MCU).

The role will include architecting and developing signal processing blocks and implementing in a complex embedded system. The blocks include object recognition, image correction, false image rejection, and backlight control.

The position involves working closely with display architects, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, software engineers, test engineers, component engineers, and program managers.


-Minimum BS/MS in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering or similar field.
-Minimum 5 years touch system experience. Including integration, IC selection, and touch algorithm development.
-Minimum of 10 years' experience contributing to the design and production of complex products in the consumer PC or consumer electronic industry.
-A solid understanding touch and pen input engineering principles, fundamentals of DSP design, control and imaging algorithms, and imaging analytical techniques are required.
-Familiarity with PC, embedded system hardware and software architecture, experience with implementing DSP algorithms on imaging as well as processing sensor input for touch.
-Experience coding in RTL (Verilog or VHDL) is a plus.
-Experience with HDMI and USB is desired.
-Experience with CDM partners a must along with design for manufacturing and test.
-Strong communication skills required. Including the ability to clearly express technical concepts in verbal and written forms.
-Must be able to plan work, and work to a plan adapting as necessary in a rapidly evolving environment.
-The ability to comprehend and assimilate technical concepts across multiple disciplines is a plus.
-Enthusiastic, motivated and self driven.
-Domestic and international travel may be required.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.
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