Software Development Engineer in Test

Pacific Biosciences
Job Location
1305 O' Brien Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Job Description

Software Development Engineer in Test


PacBio is developing a unique breed of DNA sequencer already changing how researchers understand biology, from antibiotic resistant bacteria to human cancer genomics. The instrument control software team maintains and develops the robotics, control, and workflow software for the sequencers. We’ve worked to develop a best-in-class code base and process, and you’ll help us make that even better. Using both hardware simulation and on-hardware test automation, we cover a wide range of integration and functional tests. We’re looking for someone to extend that further and support the team with better simulation and automated testing to maintain the team’s excellent velocity and quality.

•    Extend the team’s automation test framework and test coverage by designing and developing hardware simulation in C#, unit tests in C#, and functional and integration tests in Python
•    Collaborate with senior engineers through the entire software development lifecycle to solve complex engineering problems in tools and testing, and to increase the team’s velocity
•    Automate and extend smoke tests on the DNA sequencers
•    Maintain software build and packaging in Gradle/Groovy and installation code in C#
•    Triage failures and helping to maintain a stable and functional code base
•    Develop internal tools and curate third-party dependencies, such as mono and IronPython


•    Bachelors in Computer Science, Engineering or other related discipline with 3+ years of work experience
•    Proven ability to translate functional requirements and use cases into working test plans and test cases.
•    Good coding skills and fluency in managed environments like C#, Java, or Python
•    Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to be able to effectively interface with system verification and deployment teams.
•    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 team. Thrives in a fast-paced environment, interacting with engineers and scientists from a variety of disciplines.
•    Relevant internship or work experience, including development, DevOps or test automation experience

Preferred Qualifications
•    Ability to work across the team and with other teams to design and extend test automation understanding the hardware, firmware, and system integration needs.
•    Good understanding of concurrency and debugging races and timing issues
•    Experience with the Linux operating system as well as Windows/.Net
•    Detail oriented and able to work independently
•    Familiar with Agile/Scrum and Kanban processes
•    Ability to work with C++ is not required but a plus

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