Process Engineer – Surface Chemistry

Pacific Biosciences
Job Location
Menlo Park, CA
Job Description

Pacific Biosciences is looking for an experienced Surface Chemist (Process Engineer) ready to work on our cutting-edge single molecule sequencing devices. This position provides an exciting opportunity to work with outstanding scientists and engineers in a highly multidisciplinary environment. The successful candidate will have a strong background in surface functionalization for biological applications, including analysis of surface physical and functional properties, process scale-up and control, and large volume data analysis.

- Monitoring & scale up of our wafer-scale surface activation processes.
- Collaborating with R&D on surface functionalization improvements and ramp up to production volumes, CIP activities, excursion prevention and recovery.
- Quality control through application of SPC.
- Responsible for evaluating existing processes, equipment, metrology and developing new processes that improve throughput, yield, cost and quality.
- Characterization of functionalized surface and defects.
- Design and execution of experiments using complex prototype instruments.


- Minimum of a Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) or equivalent experience in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science
- 5+ years of industry experience in Manufacturing environments
- Reagent characterization methods (GPC, NMR)
- Surface characterization methods (XPS, ellipsometry, SEM)
- Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong ownership and drive for success
- Familiarity with working in an ISO environment (Preferably ISO13485)
- Experience with JMP, MatLab, MySQL, Visual Studio

About Our Organization

Pacific Biosciences’ mission is to transform the way humankind acquires, processes and interprets data from living systems through the design, development and commercialization of innovative tools for biological research. The company has developed a novel approach to studying the synthesis and regulation of DNA, RNA and protein. Combining recent advances in nanofabrication, biochemistry, molecular biology, surface chemistry and optics, Pacific Biosciences has created a powerful technology platform called single molecule, real-time, or SMRT™, technology. SMRT technology enables real-time analysis of biomolecules with single molecule resolution, which has the potential to transform the understanding of biological systems by providing a window into these systems that has not previously been open for scientific study.

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