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Software Engineer, Instrument Control Test Automation


Pacific Biosciences

Job Location

1305 O’Brien Dr.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States

Job Description

Software Engineer, Instrument Control Test Automation  

You’ll be responsible for leading the development and maintenance of automated tests for our DNA sequencer platforms. This position reports to the Manager for Instrument Software Engineering and you’ll work closely with the development team as well as across departments to coordinate integration tests and validation. 


Skills & Experience Needed 

  • Agile development with current functional, integration, end-to-end testing principles, practices and tools
  • Test automation using APIs and UI test tools
  • Embedded systems, IoT or life science instrumentation
  • Test automation for robotics, device control and simulation of hardware devices
  • Experience with Linux-based systems 

Your Role Includes:  

  • Expand tests, hardware simulators and simulated end-to-end tests for multiple DNA sequencer platforms. Maintain a fast development cadence while building multiple software platforms at once.
  • Improve automation performance and increase code analysis coverage.
  • Develop team metrics and reporting for product quality, testing and performance.
  • Coach and support the team on best-practice approaches to functional and unit testing along with developing and improving the test platform.  
  • Develop a BDD test framework and tests in C# and leverage Python integration for further automation.  
  • Collaborate with other software teams to create integrated automation platforms.  
  • Track work in Jira and X-Ray and trigger automation with Bamboo or similar. 

Key Qualifications 

  • Understanding of automation strategy and frameworks  
  • Experience with the entire test cycle – from test design and authoring to execution, debugging and log analysis, as well as reporting
  • Fluency in C# or a similar, high-level language. 
  • Broad and deep experience in best practices for quality and testing, with a drive to keep learning more and growing. 
  • Computer Science or related discipline BS/MS/PhD or equivalent experience. 


Pacific Biosciences (NASDAQ: PACB) is planning to cure disease with comprehensive genomics, from improving human health to aiding all forms of biology and microbiology. In particular, our technology is being used for most COVID-19 pandemic surveillance to track mutations and virulence. Join the team and have a significant impact on human well-being and build a collective understanding of the biological world. 


All listed tasks and responsibilities are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional tasks and responsibilities.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.



About Our Organization

PacBio is a leading provider of high quality, long-read sequencing platforms.

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