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Principal Embedded Engineer
Company: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Location: Somerville, MA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 01/17/2022
Expire Date: 10/26/2022
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Job Description
Principal Embedded Engineer

Company Overview

Motorola Solutions is there for our customers when everything is on the line. In extreme moments — when a hurricane lands or when a fire breaks out. And in everyday moments — when a package arrives just in time for the holiday or when a child doesn’t miss the school bus home. 

We unify voice, data, video and analytics in one integrated ecosystem to enable individuals, businesses and communities to work together in more powerful ways. To help people make better decisions, act confidently and be their best in the moments that matter. Bring your passion, potential and talents to Motorola Solutions and connect with a career that matters.

Department Overview

We are seeking a Principal Embedded Engineer focused on architecture and developing software for Motorola's video product line of analytics cameras and appliances running the Linux operating system. Motorola's video analytics platforms allow our users to proactively monitor their premises using advanced video analytics and high resolution / high quality video. Partnering with a team of hardware, platform, client/server, multimedia, SQA, and computer vision developers, this Software Engineer will develop APIs and implement interprocess communications that interface platform-level software with cutting edge video and business analytics. In this role, this Principal Engineer will architect production software for new computer vision and machine learning features based on our research team’s algorithms.

Job Description

Responsibilities include: 

  • Architect, design, and develop quality software for real-time multi-core embedded Linux devices
  • Design and implement sophisticated scalable multi-threaded Object Oriented Software in C++ following modern C++ design patterns
  • Collaborate with our Research team in implementing computer vision and machine learning apps on hardware
  • Author detailed design documents about our software architectures, algorithms, and interfaces
  • Apply problem solving skills and experience to identify and improve low-level system performance issues
  • Maintain and improve firmware build systems using CMake, Docker, and Python
  • Work with Quality Assurance team on identifying test cases for new features and areas for regression tests
  • Review code of peers for adherence to coding standards and design guidelines
  • Estimate and track time and effort necessary for completing implementation tasks
  • Develop platform-level requirements from high level marketing requirements
  • Provide technical leadership and domain knowledge for new features


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • 7+ years of experience writing C++ multi-threaded, multi-process software for embedded Linux systems
  • Understanding of and proven ability with operating system concepts including processes, threads, mutexes, interrupt handling, and exception handling
  • Excellent understanding of embedded design considerations including C++ memory management, microprocessor architectures, instruction efficiency, and I/O timing
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced Agile development environment
  • Experience with cross-compiling and integrating open source software for target architectures
  • Comfortable “owning” and maintaining large software distributions
  • Experienced developing test harnesses for unit testing and regression testing

Preference will be given to candidates with the following skills and experience:

  • Experience with video, computer vision (OpenCV) or machine learning
  • Master’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Experience with continuous integration in a highly available production environment


Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 5+ years of experience writing C++ multi-threaded, multi-process software for embedded Linux systems

Vaccine Requirement

Motorola Solutions has implemented a voluntary COVID-19 vaccination policy.  We strongly encourage all employees to be fully vaccinated.  Any employee who is not vaccinated must wear a mask at all times when at a Motorola Solutions site or otherwise meeting with other Motorola Solutions employees or customers. Employees who have submitted proof of vaccination must follow site-specific or local mask requirements. Additionally, certain local governments or Motorola Solutions' customers may have vaccine requirements that apply to some of our employees.

Travel Requirements

Under 10%

Relocation Provided


Position Type


Referral Payment Plan


Our U.S. Benefits include:

  • Incentive Bonus Plans
  • Medical, Dental, Vision benefits effective Day 1
  • 401K with Company Match and Day 1 vesting
  • 9 Paid Holidays
  • Generous Paid Time Off Packages
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Paid Parental & Family Leave
  • and more!

EEO Statement

Motorola Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or, any other protected characteristic.

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Company Description:
At Motorola Solutions, we create technologies our customers refer to as their lifeline. Our technology platforms in communications, software, video and services help our customers work safely and more efficiently. Whether it's helping firefighters see through smoke, enabling police officers to see around street corners, or reliably keeping the lights on in homes and businesses around the world, our work supports those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Bring your passion, potential and talents to Motorola Solutions, and help us usher in a new era in public safety and security.
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