Senior Sensor Development Engineer

Type: Full time

Location: Leuven, Belgium

Mantis Robotics is building the next generation of smart industrial robots for manufacturing and warehouse fulfillment that can work safely and seamlessly alongside people, without sacrificing productivity. Our goal is to make robotic automation accessible to anyone wanting to automate a manual task, by improving ROI by 3 to 6 times. Mantis Robotics BV (Leuven) is the Belgian R&D center of Silicon Valley based Mantis Robotics Inc, one of the fastest growing robotics startups.

We are looking for great and ambitious team players to help us revolutionize industrial automation. We seek a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to respect, transparency, honesty, integrity, fairness and customer focus.

As Senior Sensor Development Engineer, you will play a key role in shaping our game-changing robotic sensing suite by ensuring sensor performance is successfully achieved when integrated with our robots. This role covers the hardware and firmware architecture and interface definition and integration, including project management.

Core responsibilities

Drive the development towards the design and execution of sensing systems:

  • Convert sensor product requirements into constraints and engineering systems design
  • Drive design discussions with our electrical, software, mechanical and manufacturing teams
  • Define sensing system design (HW/SW/FW) and translate into architecture and work with the different engineering teams to execute
  • Lead hardware bring-up, validation and testing
  • Define an integration test plan for sensing systems with robot safety systems
  • Execute sensor integration and testing to validate system design assumptions
  • Use field data to improve design and performance of the sensing systems
  • Work with cross-functional engineering team and research groups to determine requirements, architecture and validation methods
  • Provide project management for the overall sensing skin project
  • Maintain high-quality design and documentation


  • Be able to develop new domain expertise very quickly
  • Be responsible for overall performance of the sensing system and its features at any point in the product life cycle
  • Serve as the owner of the sensing suite to address any issues discovered from development through deployment
  • Understand and debug hardware and software interactions from prototyping through product launch
  • Be responsible for overall functional and performance readiness of the sensing systems
  • Be able to present risk/performance analysis and recommendations to cross-functional teams
  • Understand and debug hardware and software interactions during design, launch, and deployment
  • Manage priorities and support multiple projects simultaneously


  • Ph.D./Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mechatronics, Physics or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Fundamental knowledge of circuit design, analog analysis and sensor physics
  • 5-10 years of experience in systems design, systems architecture, systems integration, or related field
  • Strong electrical and embedded systems fundamentals
  • Hands-on technical experience debugging complex systems
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Having ability/experience in firmware programming of DSP, FPGA, MCU
  • Understanding of hardware & software development and validation process
  • Some experience in Project Management
  • Familiarity with JIRA or similar task/feature tracking systems


  • Having ability/experience in FMCW radar development
  • Having ability/experience in capacitive sensor development
  • Experience working with & debugging C/C++ systems
  • Experience with version control tools such as Git, SVN or equivalents
  • Experience with sensor system design & characterization

Mantis Robotics is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.