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Senior Staff / Staff FPGA Electrical Engineer


Pacific Biosciences

Job Location

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

Job Description

At Pacific Biosciences (NASDAQ: PACB), we are passionate about developing high-quality, innovative technologies and systems that impact areas of critical importance, including human biomedical research, plant and animal sciences, and microbiology and infectious disease studies. Our unique long-read gene sequencing technology generates complete and accurate data, giving scientists more insights. We believe our tools will lead to advances that will create long-lasting benefits for the world and its future. 

Pacific Biosciences is looking for an experienced staff / senior electrical engineer with strong FPGA background to architect and implement electronic subsystems for our next-generation SMRT sequencing instruments. This person will work closely with other FPGA engineers, software engineers, and systems engineers to understand and refine requirements, document, and champion FPGA-related architecture options, drive interdisciplinary design reviews and implement solutions on our high-performance FPGA platforms. 

This successful candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills and excel in effective collaboration with other subject matter experts within the department as well as program management. The candidate must feel comfortable inspiring and leading through innovation and discovery. Ideally, the candidate has experience with hardware acceleration, PCIe implementation, as well as DMA protocols on FPGA.  

Locations: Menlo Park, California.  Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.  This full-time position can be on-site or remote.     

  • Present and champion compelling solutions to both business and technical audiences. 
  • Explore technology trends and their applicability to Pacific Biosciences next-generation products. 
  • Collaborate with Product Management, Systems Engineering, Optical, Mechanical, and System Integration teams to refine embedded and server FPGA requirements. 
  • Work with stakeholders across the company to understand product needs and implement customer-focused solutions that meet business goals for quality, schedule, and cost. 
  • Transition deliverables to mass production in collaboration with manufacturing NPI. 
  • Collaborate with manufacturing on product-sustaining activities. 
  • Improve existing designs to be more reliable, manufacturable, and serviceable. 

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s in Electrical Engineering or related discipline with 10+ years of work experience. 
  • Possess an analytical mindset and extensive experience with electronics and FPGA design. 
  • Demonstrated troubleshooting skills and structured problem-solving approach. 
  • Demonstrated competency in electronics and computer architecture and transitioning products to manufacturing. 
  • In-depth knowledge of FPGA architecture, design, verification, and debug (Xilinx, Intel). 
  • Proficiency with Verilog (preferably SystemVerilog) for both synthesis and verification. 
  • Proficient in Python / TCL / Shell scripting languages running in Linux environment. 
  • Familiarity with system-level estimates and implications of power, thermal, and real estate. 
  • Familiarity with high-level synthesis tools. 
  • Working knowledge of C++. 
  • Experience with FPGA gigabit transceivers. 
  • Experience with 10G/100G ethernet, DDR3/DD4, DSP implementations on FPGAs is desirable. 
  • Experience with SoC including (e.g., Zynq with ARM cores) and soft processors (e.g. MicroBlaze) is desirable. 
  • Experience with imaging sensor interface is desirable. 
  • Familiarity with High-Performance Compute (HPC) architectures is desirable. 
  • Familiarity with gtest, cmake, make, git is desirable. 
  • Ability to debug "full-stack" from hardware to FPGA to firmware to software is desirable.  
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, a strong team player, able to take initiative, detail-oriented, and able to work effectively as part of a strong hardware team. Thrives in a fast-paced environment, interacting with scientists and engineers from a variety of disciplines.  

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. 

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

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