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Vacature Cochlear: Senior firmware and Automation Engineer

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced firmware engineer to work at the Cochlear Technology Centre (CTC), based in Mechelen, to develop innovative implant design solutions, to solve challenging technical problems and to foster technology development globally as Senior Firmware & Automation Engineer.

The scope of the role will include:

· Developing and maintaining Cochlear’s unified verification (UniVer) framework within Platforms and Technologies. This test framework is used in the design and development phase of technology platform components for external and/or implantable hearing applications.

· Develops new firmware components (e.g. hardware abstraction layer libraries and drivers for custom ASICs, firmware prototypes, etc.) for technology platforms, while keeping a broad view on the complete system.

Cochlear is the global market leader in implantable hearing solutions for patients with a disabling hearing loss. Thanks to our expertise and dedication, more than 450.000 patients have stepped through the door of the hearing world. With the current low take up of hearing implants, the growth potential of the company is bright.

Key Responsibilities:

Cochlear’s Unified Verification Framework – Software/Python toolboxes

· Translate user needs and requirements into development activities

· Develop, prototype and verify new software toolbox modules

· Document software toolbox modules

· Communicate with different stakeholders to discuss the planning of the tools.

Verification Methodologies, Tools and Technology

· Champion verification best practices in the team

· Champion verification automation and design for test methodologies

· Continuously aim to improve Cochlear’s Unified Verification Framework

· Provide training and reference/guidance material

Firmware architecture and design

· Translate stakeholder needs to firmware component requirements.

· Propose firmware architecture to fit firmware component requirements.

· Propose planning for the firmware component together with team.

· Implement firmware code and verification scripts including documentation.


· Document & report developments and progress clearly

· Follow all applicable development processes and methodologies. These may be part of internal policies, applicable international standards, applicable regulatory requirements and/or specific team processes

· Collaborate and influence across multiple teams to ensure good quality delivery of the activities

Team & Communication

· Contribute to team effort to commit to the project schedule

· Communicate openly and effectively within the team facilitating an efficient team environment

· Communicate openly and effectively towards external parties

· Generate patent disclosures from development work

Key Requirements:

· University degree or equivalent in software or embedded firmware engineering with a minimum of 4 years of experience.

· Good knowledge of Object-Oriented software development and working experience with C++ and Python

· Strong understanding of test automation and automation techniques

· Proven experience in programming microcontrollers in C.

· Strong interest in medical device development or safety-critical applications and associated regulations.

· Ability to have a broad perspective on technical development

· Excellent communication skills (English)


· Experience with data analysis and statistics

· Experience with medical device, standards and processes

· Familiar with Agile development environments and scrum


Cochlear’s mission is to help people hear and be heard. Around the world, more people chose a Cochlear-branded hearing implant system than any other. Our employees tell us that the number one reason they enjoy working for Cochlear is the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives. Learn and grow with us as we tackle the most complex challenges in helping people to Hear Now. And Always. Cochlear is the global market leader in implantable hearing solutions including cochlear implant systems (CI) and bone anchored hearing aids (Baha™).

Equal opportunities

Cochlear is committed to providing equal opportunities to avoid unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief or age.

In line with our corporate ethics and statutory obligations we strive to ensure that the work environment is free of harassment and bullying and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect - this is an important aspect of ensuring equal opportunities in employment.





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