Hardware wizard

Posted on 09-28-2015


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About CityTaps

CityTaps is an early stage social startup whose mission is to boost the health, dignity and economic opportunity of the urban poor by enabling them to access running water at home.

We are developing connected prepaid water meters that integrate with mobile money systems and our cloud software, to bring running water at home for millions of urban poor in developing countries.

CityTaps has received financing (see https://facebook.com/citytaps). We are currently piloting our technology in Niger with Veolia.

We need your help to develop the hardware side of our technology, and take our technology from prototype to production-ready.

About you

You like technology and want to use your skills to make the world a better place for millions of people. Your work will help children go to school, women get an income, and families enjoy a healthier life. This is important to you.

It’s a huge plus if you have a formal engineering degree, but you can be self-taught if you are intellectually curious and motivated:
  • You are always willing to support your teammates and have a good sense of humour.

  • You enjoy delving deeply into technological issues.  

  • You embrace challenges and tackle problems in a creative way.

  • You can show that you’ve been instrumental in moving product development forward towards DFM (Design for Manufacturing).

  • Ideally, you’ve been part of the transition from prototype to DFM to industrial product.

Your role

You will be part of a very international startup team that speaks English and sometimes French.

You will iterate on our current design, redesign some parts from scratch, pick technologies and be responsible for the overall functionality of the product.

You will report to and collaborate with the CTO and be an integral part of our small and dynamic team.

You are willing to travel for short periods of time to Sub-Saharan Africa, and possibly relocate there. You will initially be based in Paris.

Your (ideal) profile:
  • 5-10 years experience developing hardware for automotive, aeronautical, green energy, or industrial products, ideally on both electronics and mechanical aspects

  • you have managed contractors such as engineering agencies or manufacturing companies

  • comfortable dealing with regulatory requirements and certification processes (CEM, ISO standards…)

  • fluent in English - knowledge of French or another language (Mandarin, Turkish, Hausa, or Swahili) is a plus.

  • you are excited to work in a constantly evolving startup environment

  • bonus points:

    • if you have a good understanding of radio transmission technologies and protocols

    • for low-level embedded coding skills (C/C++/ASM)


To be discussed based on your skills.


Nobody’s perfect - if you’re awesome but don’t meet all of the requirements above, you should still email us - just tell us what you have in mind in your cover letter.