TTP plc. Full-time 2021-04-19

Electronics Engineer - Cellular Highways

  • Location
    Cambridge, United Kingdom


Cellular Highways is building the next generation of cell sorter instruments for cell therapies, cancer treatment and other biotech applications. With our invention of a new microfluidics sorting technology, vortex actuated cell sorting (VACS), we can reduce the cost and complexity of cell sorting and achieve far greater throughput than existing platforms. Our aim is to make cell sorting accessible to every laboratory as well as enabling new clinical applications.

We are a spin-out company from TTP plc (The Technology Partnership) an established technology consulting firm with a successful track record of launching new businesses with disruptive technologies.

Are you looking for an exciting role in a well-funded biotech start-up?

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated electronics engineer with a passion for hands-on technical development to join our expanding team. If you enjoy working at the interface where electronics hardware, firmware and software meet in a complex, embedded digital systems, this will be an ideal role for you. The electronic control and signal processing sub-systems in our products utilise a wide range of technologies, including FPGAs, embedded ARM (STM32) microprocessors and graphics processing engines (NVIDIA), to meet the demanding requirements of our cell sorter products.

As well as being a strong electronics engineer, the right candidate will also have the curiosity and inter-personal skills required to flourish within a strong, multi-disciplinary team. Our team comprises expertise in diverse fields including optics, microfluidics, mechanical engineering, biotech and software and you will enjoy working collaboratively to apply your electronics systems engineering skills to solve the key challenges of our application.


To qualify for this role, you must have:

  • An excellent academic background with a top-class degree from a leading university which covers electronics engineering, ideally with a strong embedded software element
  • Experience of hardware design and testing for high speed digital and analogue systems
  • Experience of FPGA design, simulation and programming for signal processing applications using hardware description language (Verilog or System Verilog experience would be advantageous)
  • Experience of “bare metal” programming embedded processors, using C or C++, and familiarity with using protocols such as SPI or I2C to interact with peripherals such as sensors and electromechanical systems
  • Appreciation of software engineering requirements, preferably with experience of working with software practitioners to define robust system architectures and interfaces
  • Ambition to work in advanced medical technology development and the desire to fully understand our product

Additionally, familiarity with any of the following would be desirable:

  • Experience of implementing systems which include standard interfaces such as USB3, Gigabit Ethernet and DDR SDRAM
  • Experience of working as part of a team designing products to comply with Medical Device or IVD Directives.
  • Familiarity with designing products for compliance with regulatory standards for safety, EMC and software assurance (e.g. EN 60601-1-2, ISO62304)
  • Familiarity with programming in high level languages such as Python as part of your toolkit of technical skills.
  • Familiarity with designing hardware and software architectures for practical realisation of automation functions such as machine vision algorithms
  • Familiarity of implementing hardware and software for graphics processors such as NVIDIA platforms


We offer fantastic employee benefits including:

  • Employer pension contribution of 12%
  • Profit related bonus
  • Enhanced share purchase scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • 25 days’ annual holiday plus bank holidays
  • Discounts and memberships to local sports facilities and the theatre
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • A comprehensive relocation package is also available, if applicable.

How to apply

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