Senior Firmware Engineer

Company: ShapeShift
Location: Denver, Colorado, United States
Type: Full-time
Posted: 02.JAN.2020


ShapeShift is the leading non-custodial Digital Asset Platform that allows users to access crypto services, tools, and data. Since 2014, Sha...


ShapeShift is the leading non-custodial Digital Asset Platform that allows users to access crypto services, tools, and data. Since 2014, ShapeShift has pioneered a new era of digital finance, earning a place as one of the most beloved and respected brands in a booming and volatile new industry.

Led by industry veteran Erik Voorhees, the company is seeking out the best new team members to further scale the organization and maintain leadership while the phenomenon of decentralized digital finance expands around the globe. As part of this growing team, ShapeShift is looking to hire the role of a Senior Firmware Engineer.


ShapeShift is seeking a Senior Firmware Engineer to design and build features into the ShapeShift platform. The Senior Firmware Engineer will be working in a number of code repositories, using some combination of JavaScript, Python, and go. The ideal candidate will thrive in a development environment where engineers find creative solutions inside of a standard framework. Standards are constantly iterated on as the cryptocurrency environment is in a high state of flux, and development best practices evolve. This position offers a unique opportunity to build the next generation of crypto tools for customer financial sovereignty.

This is a full-time, exempt position, based in Denver, Colorado and reports to the Engineering Manager.

Your desire to make a real impact on an organization and the world grows by the day. The ideal candidate will be open to daily changes in workflow and protocol (and force us to improve workflows). As a start-up in an evolving space, there are new challenges that require new solutions every day.


  • Work with a small team within the larger organization to build new features
  • Be able to lead the break down of work into discrete, independently release-able stories
  • Write clean, maintainable code with unit tests
  • Track work in engineering-wide workflow (inside of Jira)
  • Produce responsive cross-platform features
  • Follow enterprise-wide coding and architecture standards. Contribute to standards as requested.
  • Proactively adds documentation to help others
  • Understands networking basics and how different software systems communicate
  • Can troubleshoot issues across systems independently
  • Can be counted on for on-call tier-2 issue resolution
  • Ability to be on-site and work with our team on a consistent basis. There is some opportunity for remote work and we are flexible with schedules but typically you will be in the office alongside the team.


  • Consistent cycle-time for story completion
  • Build features that pass third-party tested acceptance criteria
  • Features developed include metrics collection to inform new product decisions
  • Push code that if creates new issues in production, is simple to troubleshoot and resolve


  • BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • 7+ years of embedded systems engineering experience
  • Great design intuition, user empathy, and attention to detail
  • Experience with source control, preferably Git
  • Passion for innovation. You should be a person who thrives on creating innovative and scalable technology applications without always requiring instruction.
  • Desire to continuously learn, problem-solve and acquire new skills with cutting-edge technology.
  • Desire for success as an individual, as a team, and as a company
  • Most importantly, a strong sense of responsibility, ownership, and character
  • Expert in building embedded applications in C for ARM or other microprocessor architecture.
  • Experience with Python, JavaScript or other scripting language
  • Building software interfaces for common hardware such as SPI, I2C, Flash, RAM, USB and LCD displays
  • Building security hardened systems for adversarial environments, handling responsible disclosures
  • Debugging embedded systems using GDB
  • Experience with cryptocurrency and blockchain fundamentals (address generation, transaction construction, nodes, and wallet infrastructure)


  • Experience with cryptocurrency and blockchain (address generation, transaction construction, use cases, software daemons, wallet infrastructure and anything related to this evolving field)
  • Experience with PCB design & layout, using oscilloscope to debug circuits
  • Experience using Secure Elements
  • Experience writing Dapps for Ethereum or other smart contract platforms
  • Experience using Docker, CircleCI
  • Understanding of microservices architecture, web APIs, and databases
  • Track record of contributions to Open Source software
  • Familiarity with financial markets and terminology, exchange platforms, and matching engines
  • Adept using Agile process driven development


No travel is expected for this position.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and use hands to finger, handle or feel controls. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.

ShapeShift is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.

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