Softgoods Research Developer - 3D Knit

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Softgoods Research Developer - 3D Knit
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Redmond, WA
We are looking for a skilled and motivated Softgoods Research Developer with a specialty in 3D Knitting to join our team, whose mission is to work with a broad range of multidisciplinary research to advance the state-of-the art for wearable interaction devices. We are specifically looking for a candidate with strong 3D knit programming and manufacturing skills, with experience integrating electronics into soft flexible systems, and who can work with a team of researchers working in haptic rendering techniques, psychophysics, and AR/VR specific human-computer-interaction paradigms. More broadly, the chosen candidate will work with a diverse and highly interdisciplinary team of researchers, designers, and engineers, and will have access to cutting edge technology, resources, and testing facilities.
Softgoods Research Developer - 3D Knit Responsibilities
  • Frame, plan, and execute 3D knit solutions for functional and smart garment systems
  • Work with researchers, designers, engineers, and other roles, to drive solutions for wearable AR/VR interaction devices
  • Connect and drive collaborations with vendors, academic, and industry labs to advance research in relevant areas
  • Thrive in a dynamic, ambiguous, and cross-disciplinary environment
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent industry experience in industrial knitting or a field related to wearable devices and textiles, such as industrial design, textile science, polymer and materials science, mechanical engineering
  • 5+ years production experience in 3D knitted apparel or technical wear
  • 1+ years experience with novel textile fabrication and electronics integration techniques
  • Track record of leading projects and teams and delivering research or product prototypes in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams
Preferred Qualifications
  • 5+ years working with 3D knitting machines (Stoll and/or Shima preferred)
  • 5+ years of production experience on 3D knitting machines
  • Experience working in a research space
  • Experience anticipating and articulating the requirements for knitted products (cosmetic, aesthetic, reliability, precision) and lead a team through optimizing the tradespace
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