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Leicester, GB

Function:  Engineering
Job Category:  Engineering

Sensor Software Engineer

Wärtsilä is on a mission to enable sustainable societies with smart technology. As we change course towards a cleaner, smarter maritime future, we’re looking for top talent to join our team. Are you ready to join the Voyage?


At Wärtsilä Voyage, we radically transform how vessels perform their voyage by leveraging the latest digital technologies, to deliver a step-change in safety, efficiency, reliability, and emissions reduction. And it’s pretty darn exciting… 


Smarter ships will allow operators to more effectively control the movements of their vessels, reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions. Think ‘towards autonomy’ tech and smart voyage optimisation! With the broadest Smart Marine portfolio in the market, we are well positioned to lead the maritime industry towards becoming digitally connected across the entire value chain.


At Leicester we develop new types of sensor that give crews higher situational awareness in high density traffic, while new algorithms and Artificial Intelligence support decisions to avoid collisions

Sensor Software Engineer (Ref 32049)

We are now looking for a Sensor Software Engineer to join our skilled and motivated team of Software Engineers. The preferred location for the position is in Leicester however we offer a hybrid working model.


What will you be doing?

In this position, you will work on developing our smart sensor technology. This includes lidar, radar and cameras plus interaction with numerous other sensors onboard vessels. We expect candidates to have an interest in some of the following technologies: video analytics, Kalman, Fourier, Hough, Bayesian, C++, C#, autonomy, human factors, machine perception, AI, neural net, Agile, object-orientated, test-driven, DSP, FPGAs, microcontrollers.

You will work in a multi-disciplinary team in a supportive environment. We’ve got well-established products doing a vital job on thousands of ships across the world. We’ve got an exciting development programme which will equip intelligent ships of tomorrow with smart sensors and a perception of the world around them. 


As a Sensor Software Engineer, your work will focus on these responsibilities:

  • Turning prototypes into robust software solutions.
  • Develop new and existing software applications as part of engineering team.
  • Contribute to existing software architecture and signal processing algorithms in our products.
  • Establish, maintain and extend in-depth technical expertise in the latest advances.
  • Signal Processing prototyping and implementation.
  • Writing and Maintaining code base (largely C++ and C# ).
  • Algorithm design.
  • Software testing.

 To be successful in this role, we expect you to have:

  • Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Maths
  • Expertise writing maintainable and testable code in C++ & C#
  • Understanding of object orientated design patterns

 We are also interested in candidate who have, or can learn:

  • Machine Vision techniques
  • Data analysis tools (e.g. Python / Matlab )
  • Algorithm development (e.g. AI, sensor fusion, roboticd )
  • Experience of working with radar, vision, LIDAR.


Why you and us?

We at Wärtsilä believe in empowerment, ownership and taking responsibility of our work. We support each other’s growth and co-creation is the true basis of our innovation. We have courage to see opportunities and take initiative.

We are authentic and honest, and we strongly believe in a diverse and inclusive work community where everyone can be their true self. We don’t always get it right the first time, and if mistakes are made, we make sure to learn and grow from them. We want everyone to voice their opinions freely. That is why we have built an environment that empowers you and everyone around you, and where you can feel safe and cared for. Are you eager to be part of this ambition? 


Contact & next steps

Does this sound like the job for you? If yes, we hope to hear from you before the application deadline below, through submitting your application through our careers portal. We aim to keep you updated on the process all the way.

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Last application date: 02/09/2022

At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities.

This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Voyage transforms how vessels perform their journeys and ports manage their operations by leveraging the latest digital technologies. Using data and AI-driven software, we deliver real-time insights into operations, performance, and energy use to enhance safety, efficiency, and reliability, saving fuel and minimising emissions. Our solutions combine bridge infrastructure, cloud data services, decision support systems, and smart port solutions to enable shore-to-shore visibility. We are committed to building an end-to-end connected digital ecosystem for shipping where all vessels and ports are integrated, and all operations are safe and sustainable. 

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at

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