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Principal Hardware Systems Engineer

Job Category:Engineering
Location(s):Rochester (NY, US)
Closing Date:September 30, 2023

Principal Hardware Systems Engineer


G&H offers exciting and rewarding opportunities for motivated and talented people to join a team of like-minded, highly skilled colleagues who want to grow and succeed with our company.

Hiring talent to complement and grow our current teams’ skills and capabilities is a strategic priority to enable our plans for growth.

Our six business locations in the United States and four UK-based businesses employ across a broad range of functions including engineering and process, manufacturing, product management, supply chain and customer services, quality assurance, continuous improvement, compliance, and finance.


The Principal Hardware Systems Engineer is a key role for expanding our footprint for our OEM photonics enabled medical and life science devices within the USA. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the inception of a growing R&D team working in partnership with our world class team in the UK. You will take responsibility for the electronics and firmware design on a given project, working as part of the front-end engineering team in the US. As part of our sub-contract design team and interfacing with our clients you will be exposed to a wide variety of projects enabling a broad level of experience to be obtained. You will take designs through from concept to production ensuring adherence to regulatory and system requirements. In addition to design and leadership activities you will provide technical support to the Business development team, helping assess the feasibility and work content of prospective new projects. You will report into Project Managers, Chief Engineer and the R&D Director.


  • Take responsibility for the Electronics and Firmware design of projects
  • Hands on design implementation
  • Determine requirements in collaboration with clients
  • Follow the New Product development plan from concept through to production, liaising with departments as required
  • Work as part of a multi-national cross disciplinary team
  • Tutor and mentor more junior engineers
  • Keep abreast of technology, regulations and best practice
  • Carryout simulation and breadboarding of ideas, generation of test harnesses etc.
  • Assist in the build and test of prototypes
  • Some project management
  • Provide technical assistance to the Business Development team
  • Work within the ISO 9001/ISO 13485 framework


  • Required: Bachelor’s degree in Electronics, Physics or Computer Science Engineering or related field
  • Desired: Masters or PhD in Electronics, Physics or Computer Science Engineering or related field
  • 8+ years of hands-on design experience ideally within an R&D department or design consultancy
  • Digital, FPGA, Analogue design experience
  • Embedded Programming Experience in ‘C’, VHDL,
  • C++, .net, C#, java, Python, or algorithm development an advantage
  • Knowledge of Photonics desirable
  • Can do attitude, inquisitive, willing to take on tasks as deemed necessary for the project. Ability to client face, good presentation and communication skills
  • Willing to help and evolve the R&D department and build an expert team
  • Attention to detail and accuracy, strive for right first time, backed up by calculation and simulation

Due to US export control laws, must be a US citizen, permanent resident or have protected status

Location & travel

This position will be based out of our Rochester, NY site, on a hybrid work arrangement basis

10% travel expected

G&H is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The responsibilities of this position will involve having access to items and technical data that may be controlled under U.S. export laws and regulations (“U.S. Export Control Laws”), including but not limited to the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). In order to comply with the U.S. Export Control Laws, and in conjunction with the review of candidates for those positions within G&H that may present access to export-controlled technical data, G&H must assess whether candidates are “U.S. persons” as defined under the EAR (15 C.F.R. Part 772) and the ITAR (22 C.F.R. § 120.15). Certain questions asked during the application process are intended to assess this and will be used for evaluation purposes only.