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Senior Firmware Engineer



Software Engineering
Mountain View, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2024

Every day, it feels like healthcare becomes less about the practice of medicine. Hospitals and private practices operate on razor-thin margins, caught between the bureaucracy of insurance companies and ballooning administrative costs. And technological advancements — from electronic health record systems to dictation software — have failed to live up to their promise of making the lives of all healthcare staff easier.

Athelas' mission is to once again make health the focus of healthcare by using AI and automation to eliminate distractions and keep providers connected to their patients throughout the care journey.

The Athelas suite of automated and AI-enabled hardware, software, and services results in happier and healthier patients, less time wasted on administrative tasks, safer staff, and more reliable insurance reimbursements. Since merging with Commure, our growing suite of solutions now includes:

  • Patient Engagement - Commure Engage empowers providers to connect with their patients throughout the care journey, reducing no-shows and improving health outcomes

  • Workflow Automation - PatientKeeper and other workflow tools automate repetitive tasks, allowing healthcare workers to spend more time with patients

  • Staff Safety - Commure Strongline protects staff from workplace violence by empowering them to call for help to de-escalate potentially violent situations

  • At-Home Monitoring - Athelas Care Management offers a suite of remote sensors that allow doctors to bring healthcare into the home, saving lives through early intervention

  • Billing Solutions - Athelas RCM offers AI-driven, full-cycle revenue cycle management solutions that optimize claims submission, ensuring insurers pay every dollar they owe for work performed by healthcare providers

  • Automated Dictation - Athelas Scribe utilizes the power of LLMs to record and automatically summarize appointments, saving doctors countless hours every day

Athelas takes a provider-focused approach to healthcare and the healthcare industry has noticed. We’ve grown more than 500% year over year for three consecutive years. We support more than 250,000 clinicians and staff and hundreds of thousands of patients across hundreds of care sites. And we’re just getting started. Backed by General Catalyst, Sequoia, and many other leading investors, Athelas & Commure is positioned to be the defining healthcare tech company of the next 15 years.

If you're eager to advance our mission to make health the focus of healthcare, come join us!

Role Summary:

Commure + Athelas is seeking an innovative and passionate Firmware Engineer to lead the design and implementation of firmware for our cutting-edge product, Strongline. Strongline is a state-of-the-art real-time tracking system designed to enhance the safety of healthcare workers. As a Firmware Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in developing and refining the firmware that powers Strongline and all our future products, directly contributing to the safety and well-being of healthcare professionals.

You will be an integral part of the Engineering Team, driving the development of firmware and collaborating with cross-functional teams to advance healthcare technology. Your work will have a tangible impact, ensuring that healthcare workers can perform their duties safely and efficiently.


  • Spearhead the design and implementation of firmware for our innovative strongline product line (Safety, Future products).

  • Take full ownership of firmware development, including architecture, bring-up, validation, manufacturing testing, production debugging, battery analysis and post-launch feature releases.

  • Collaborate with other engineering teams (software, electrical, hardware) to expand our Strongline hardware suite.

  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of our development processes and methodologies.


  • At least three years of hands-on firmware engineering experience in a production environment.

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field, or equivalent extensive experience.

  • Proven experience shipping code on devices in mass production

  • Strong programming skills in C and C++ for MCU platforms, with knowledge of wireless systems (BLE, WiFi), RTOS, and Embedded Linux.

  • Experience with firmware updates, production deployments, and ensuring product fail-safety.

  • Proficient in systems integration with I2C, SPI, UART, USB, GPIO, and MIPI protocols, as well as memory usage, multi-threading, and error handling.

  • Comfortable interpreting and reviewing schematics and board files, with hands-on experience using oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, benchtop power supplies, and soldering irons.

  • Strong proficiency in Python is highly desirable

The salary range that Commure/Athelas reasonably expects to pay for this position is $135,000 - $180,000. Actual salary offered will vary depending on factors including but not limited to: location, education, experience, skills, and qualifications. In addition to your salary, Commure also offers many competitive elements in our total compensation package for employees such as equity, a comprehensive benefits package, and flexible time off.

Why You’ll Like Working with Athelas

  • Execution focused, driven team: Join a team with an incredible record - we are the smallest, fastest company in history to receive FDA hematology clearance. We are also the largest Remote Patient Monitoring company in the US, with a fast-growing SaaS Revenue Cycle Management business as well

  • Technology Focus: Revolutionizing how technology can be used in the healthcare industry

  • Strong Backing: $132M Series B raised from the likes of Sequoia, General Catalyst, Tribe, Y Combinator

  • Mission Driven: We are changing the way healthcare is provided, bringing it directly to the people who need it with technology-enabled solutions

  • Incredible Growth: Revenue growth of 5x over the past 6 months and we're just getting started!

  • Competitive Benefits: Unlimited PTO, medical, dental, vision, excellent maternity and paternity paid time off.

Athelas is committed to creating and fostering a diverse team. We are open to all backgrounds and levels of experience, and believe that great people can always find a place. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to all applicants throughout the application process.

Employees will act in accordance with the organization’s information security policies, to include but not limited to protecting assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference nor execute particular security processes or activities. Employees will report to the information security office any confirmed or potential events or other risks to the organization.

Employees will be required to attest to these requirements upon hire and on an annual basis.