Embedded Systems Engineer

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Troy, NY | Engineering Team | Reports to Chief Technology Officer

Company Background

At Vara Safety, our mission is to bring better firearm safety into the lives of over 40 million households in the United States. We focus on creating beautiful, simple, and highly engineered products that satisfy both the need for safe firearm storage and immediate access in an emergency.

Most handguns are bought for protection, however, many gun owners find it difficult to lock up their firearms in case of an emergency. Existing box-style safes do not allow immediate access - no matter how fast they claim to be. Vara Safety’s Reach is an entirely new approach. As a holster-safe, the Reach is an “open” style concept that gives gun owners BOTH immediate access and storage security. The Reach uses biometric technology in conjunction with a versatile mechanical platform that allows for compatibility with most firearms. We will later expand to include smart data, communication, and analytics for law enforcement and military applications.

Position Overview

Vara Safety is accepting applications for a full-time embedded system engineer. Initial projects will be focused upon embedded development for the Reach safe, including integration and customization of fingerprint biometric matching algorithms. Future projects include hardware and firmware design, development, prototyping, and documentation for new products, integration of Vara technology into partners’ products, and support of manufacturing processes. 

A well-qualified candidate should be capable of moving from concept to pre-manufacturing prototype while managing documentation, testing, schedules, and cost projections of their respective projects and activities.


  • Design of electrical circuits and hardware for Vara’s firearm safety products

  • Design and build prototype and proof of concept products 

  • Perform calculations and develop mathematical models for systems performance based on knowledge of electrical engineering and measured/observed operation

  • Evaluate electrical systems, components, products, and applications by designing and conducting empirical tests and experiments

  • Document projects and systems with datasheets, wiring diagrams, CAD drawings, etc.

  • Assist in sourcing, QC, and other manufacturing-related processes 

  • Develop systems to automate tasks, aid production, and demonstrate Vara’s technology

Candidate Attributes

  • Have a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, computer sciences or similar field

  • Have 2-4 years’ experience in embedded product development/manufacturing

  • Demonstrate from hands-on experience a high level of execution and functionality in their core discipline.

  • Have experience with operating lab/diagnostic equipment (such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, programmable power supplies, etc.) 

  • Have experience with schematic capture, PCB layout, and simulation

  • Experience in C/C++ programming on embedded platforms

  • Proficient in ‘computer’ programming in languages such as .NET C#, C++, Python, C, etc.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Vara Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, national origin, color, or any other protected category. Employment decisions including hiring, promotions, rate of pay, benefits, and other conditions of employment are based upon the employee’s abilities and job performance.

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