Moss, Norway

Senior Electric Motor Design Engineer

Targeted start date: Immediately. Relocation provided.

We are currently seeking a highly skilled and motivated Electric Motor Design Engineer to join our Actuators team. In this role, you will be responsible for designing and implementing electric motors for our next-generation bipedal humanoid robot. Collaborating closely with other hardware- and software-teams, you will play a vital role in everything from early concept stages to serial manufacturing. The ideal candidate will have a background in electrical engineering or mechatronics, extensive expertise and experience in electric motors, experience in systems integration including mechanical and thermal aspects, and familiarity with design for manufacturing and assembly principles. We are looking for individuals with hands-on experience, a "get-things-done" attitude, and the ability to excel in both long-term planning and day-to-day execution of practical tasks.

1X mission is to create an abundant supply of physical labor through safe, intelligent androids that work alongside humans. Since 2014, we’ve designed our products with large-scale manufacturing in mind, so we can produce androids at a high enough volume to meet the world’s labor demand.
Our wheeled Android EVE, is engineered to work with you, from guarding to logistics, and our bipedal model, NEO, is designed to become a household android with broad deployment in various applications. Our products will understand both natural language and physical space, so they can complete useful tasks in any environment.

We’ve established our dual HQ in San Francisco and Norway. Our positions require in-person presence to ensure effective execution and seamless collaboration in our hardware-focused environment. We value passion for our work and encourage candidates who share our dedication to join our team.

Why this job is exciting

Every day is different! You will get to

  • design systems and subsystems of our cutting edge actuator technology

  • contribute to and improve our electric motor manufacturing technology and system integration

  • implement and execute test bench evaluations of prototype electric motors

  • work in a nascent industry and shape the future of humanoid robots

  • gain experience in other fields of knowledge and improve all aspects of your technical skills

  • collaborate with engineers from different robotics disciplines and work closely with other hardware- and software-teams

  • thrive in an inclusive, supportive, and global culture

Within one month, you will…

  • contribute to the design of our electric motors

  • get hands-on time and take part in test bench prototype evaluations

  • familiarize yourself with internal processes and development methodologies

  • get familiar with our bipedal humanoid platform (NEO)

Within three months, you will…

  • own one or several sub-systems and/or aspects of our electric motors and actuators

  • perform prototype motor testing and characterization

  • work on the design of new and adapted electric motors

  • help implement best practices and methodologies that you have learned 

Within one year, you will…

  • own several aspects and components of our electric motor technology

  • evaluate and deduce motor requirements in close collaboration with other teams

  • contribute to the whole joint actuator process from early design to integration, manufacturing, and assembly

  • Conception, design, prototyping, and testing for current and future electric motors of 1X robots
  • Detailed electromagnetic and thermal design for high efficiency and torque dense electric motors
  • Collaboration with mechanical design and production teams for manufacturing, integration, and assembly of electric motors
  • Continuous optimization of parts and assemblies for simplicity, weight, and cost
  • Author concise documentation of design details, requirements, future plans


  • Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, or similar, or higher education
  • Excellent knowledge and experience with electrical machines
  • Experience with electromagnetic FEA and respective software tools


  • Experience and knowledge of manufacturing techniques and materials for electric machines
  • Knowledge of motor control theory
  • Experience in electrical motor testing, verification and evaluation
  • Understanding and experience in thermal motor characteristics and behavior
  • Experience bringing complex products from concept to production
  • Experience with CAD (preferred Solidworks)
  • Understanding of highly dynamic environments where balancing competing priorities and timelines is needed
  • Detail oriented personality with solid documentation and reporting skills

Interview process 

Introduction Stage - we have initial conversations to get to know you better
  • [30m] Recruiter Screen with Win Yu
  • [45m] Hiring Manager Screen with Jonathan Terfurth
Team Interview Stage - we then dive into your experience in more depth and introduce you to members of the team. This is also when you will do a take-home challenge
  • [60m] Technical Deep-Dive conversation with Toni Garcia and Jonathan Terfurth
Final Interview Stage - we move you to our final round
  • [15m] Expectation management with Toni Garcia and Jonathan Terfurth
  • [30m] Conversation with CEO Bernt Øivind Børnich
You are welcome to request additional conversations with anyone you would like to meet, but didn’t get to meet during the interview process.

Not sure if this is you?
If you’re excited about this role, but you’re not sure if you qualify, apply anyway! You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Our new headquarter in Moss, Norway, is a short train ride from Oslo. The facility is designed to be state-of-the-art, with a variety of 3D printers, an electronics lab, and controls test studio. 1XHQ offers food, showers, and outdoor activities. All employees are supported with a comprehensive relocation package to handle all logistics. Join us in Moss, where performance meets great company culture.

Joining our team means becoming a valued member of one of the biggest brands in humanoid robotics, where you'll play a part in shaping the future of Androids.

A value driven team
These are the ideas that express our team’s culture and how we work:
Be Nice

Collaboration is our driving force. Our team creates an open, trusting environment where everyone can be their most creative.
Stay Smart

A world-changing team needs the brightest minds in every discipline. This is where people come to work, learn, and grow to their full potential.
Make History

Everything we do gets us closer to one ambitious vision: general-purpose androids helping people around the globe. We believe what we build today will impact generations.

1X is an inclusive and equal-opportunity employer that values diversity. We consider all qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected class. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don't hesitate to let us know during the interview process. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

We're excited to have you on board!

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