Senior Hardware Engineer at DUST Identity

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DUST Identity is a physical object security solution that uses micro-scale diamonds to securely tag objects so they are uniquely identifiable.  Think of a barcode, but unfalsifiable and made with diamonds.  With DUST, customers can ensure that every physical object — whether an airplane part, microprocessor, or priceless artifact — is verified, authenticated, and ultimately, can be trusted.

DUST is a venture capital-backed startup.  Enabled by the development of new materials, cutting edge hardware, and exciting machine vision, we aim to become the industry standard for physical object identification and security.

Your Impact

We are seeking a Senior Engineer to join our team.  As part of the Hardware & Materials team (known at DUST Identity as Atoms), this individual will lead and own the development of next generation DUST Scanners and will support DUST Materials Development and Application Technologies. The role will also involve improving current designs and supporting research and materials development hardware needs. You will lead a team of more junior engineers to quickly design, build, and test prototypes and de-risking test rigs as well as verification and validation. The Atoms team is developing the technology that is fundamental to DUST and directly impacts the success of the solution and the company.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the development and NPI of the next generation of DUST scanners, improve design of current scanners, improve production, and also support hardware development for DUST Materials research and processing
  • Efficiently design, plan, coordinate, and execute experiments from bench-top through production scale
  • Lead a cross functional team to successfully complete development projects
  • Apply fundamental engineering principles in combination with a creative mindset & critical thinking to develop novel process solutions
  • Using a Product Development Process to take a concept through a clearly defined set of milestones to become a product
  • Lead a cross functional team to successfully complete development projects
  • Act as a coach/mentor for junior Engineers and Scientists
  • Stay abreast of new technologies and recommend for consideration where appropriate

What You’ll Bring

Technical Skills:

  • Relevant experience in hardware product development, leading at least 1 product from early phase development through to launch is required
  • Experience with optics, sensors
  • Understanding and experience using a Product Development Process
  • Experience converting high level requirements into engineering specifications
  • Working knowledge and experience using System Engineering principles
  • DFM, DFA knowledge and experience
  • FMEA/FMECA, Risk Tree Analysis, or other risk analysis techniques
  • Experience working with UX, Human Factors,
  • Experience with Design of Experiments
  • Definition of qualification criteria for launch
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or similar required

Soft Skills:

  • Experience at in a startup environment as well as a larger corporation is a plus
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-pace environment, managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong collaboration skills in a matrixed environment
  • Must be passionate and driven, yet flexible and willing to change direction when necessary
  • Anticipate challenges and take initiative to develop and pursue alternate solutions as appropriate
  • Communicate (written and orally) complex messages clearly & concisely and in a manner appropriate to the specific audience, with the ability to deep dive the details as necessary

Details You Should Know:

  • Start Date: Immediately
  • Location: Framingham, MAl
  • Business HQ: Framingham, MA
  • Must have legal right to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Compensation: Market Competitive + Equity
  • Travel: >10%
  • DUST Identity is an equal opportunity employer.
  • In accordance with client requirements on DUST Identity, new employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination or exempt status prior to starting employment.


  • Award-winning startup with a product that matters
  • Equity
  • 401k
  • An abundance of snacks/coffee
  • Medical, dental, vision, LTD, and life insurance
  • Flexible paid time off policy
  • Casual dress
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We're directly next door to the popular Jack's Abby craft brewery and a 10 minute walk from the commuter rail - oh, and we're a reverse commute!

An Insider's view of DUST Identity

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

From parts in fighter jets to tomatoes in the grocery store, how do we know that products are genuine and produced according to the seller's promises? Identity is the key to trust. We create trust by providing an unclonable fingerprint for physical things that securely binds objects of any size to their digital records.


VP of Operations

What makes someone successful on your team?

Initiative and inquisitiveness. Since joining I've seen a culture that fosters assumption challenging, creative problem solving, and ownership. I think anyone who is excited to listen actively to others; engage with and challenge ideas; and drive innovation would thrive at DUST.


Head of Cloud Services

What are DUST Identity Perks + Benefits

DUST Identity Benefits Overview

We provide flexible PTO, competitive salaries, company stock options, 401(k), great medical, dental, and vision, and PARKING. We're always looking for ways to improve our offerings and welcome input from our employees.

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
DUST Identity's health insurance plans include an optional Health Savings Account with an employer contribution.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

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