Sensing HW Systems Architect

Cupertino, California, United States


Role Number:200518185
We live in a mobile and device driven world where knowledge of the physical world around us is needed. We rely on this knowledge to get around, to learn about our environment and to enable spectacular new features for custom applications. Apple is meeting those needs as robustly and as creatively as possible and is interested in people who want to help meet that commitment. The success we are striving will be the result of very skilled people working in an environment which cultivates creativity, partnership, and thinking of old problems in new ways. If that sounds like the kind of environment that you find intriguing, then let's talk. These elements come together to make Apple an amazing environment for motivated people to do the greatest work of their lives. You will become part of a team that sets the standard in fostering excellence, creativity and innovation. Will you help us design the next generation of revolutionary Apple products? Apple's Incubation Team develops prototype hardware systems that lead to features across Apple product lines. We are seeking a Systems Architect to build high performance systems supporting computer vision, machine learning, and photography applications that break ground in technology and user experience. This hands-on role offers an opportunity to lead teams in exciting projects, work with and learn from world-class experts in different fields, and contribute to exciting applications of custom machine vision, depth, and traditional imaging sensors.

Key Qualifications

  • Experienced, dedicated engineer with initiative and a proven track record of developing sophisticated systems from definition through the project life cycle
  • Great teammate with outstanding and written communication, negotiation, and presentation skills
  • Technical leader able to bridge and coordinate broadly multi-functional teams
  • Ability to quickly pick up and own new concepts and to contribute with innovative solutions
  • Comfort working through ambiguity
  • Deep understanding of system-level impact of design choices and good judgment in negotiating tradeoffs
  • Thorough guaranteed-by-design methodology for robust system design with good documentation habits
  • Strong hands-on solving and analytical skills
  • Prefer:
  • Proven record of leading sophisticated system designs and coordinating design teams including close collaboration with Mechanical, Electrical, Firmware and Software Engineering teams
  • Experience integrating cameras into system electronic and mechanical architecture, with an understanding of optics/sensor/image pipeline preferred
  • Scripting skills and understanding of low level software (firmware & drivers in C or C++) a strong plus
  • Familiarity with training data requirements for machine learning, machine vision, computer vision, or deep learning a plus.


Job responsibilities include requirements definition, architecture, coordinating multi-functional design & development, small- to medium-scale production, test & calibration, and support through the full system lifecycle. - Collaborate with computer vision algorithm teams as well as system & module teams to interpret and negotiate system hardware requirements - Propose and negotiate system architecture that can be multi-functionally supported in the timeframes vital to meet program objectives - Perform system analysis, scoping, and resourcing & technical tradeoff evaluations - Coordinate multi-functional work & dependencies to align with dynamic project goals - Collaborate with multi-functional teams—including electrical, optical, mechanical, firmware, driver, and other software teams—on hardware design and processes and to enable coordinated software development - Define and build proof-of-concept and initial prototype hardware as needed - Coordinate and assist in bring-up, debug, production, test, calibration, and verification plans to ensure high quality results are delivered - Thoroughly document and support each of above steps - Deliver executive-level presentations of proposals, status, and decisions

Education & Experience

BS and a minimum of 10 years relevant industry experience

Additional Requirements

Pay & Benefits