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Software Engineer, Instrumentation

Organization
Pacific Biosciences
Job Location
1305 O'Brien Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States
Salary
Competitive
Benefits

PACBIO EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

PacBio’s success was built on innovation. Our future success is dependent on the continuation of this tradition, and we can only achieve this goal by working in teams that foster diversity, creativity, and high performance. Our employees largely contribute to our success, and we understand the value that a comprehensive benefits package holds for our employees and their families.

While specific benefit offerings vary by country, we strive to provide:

  • Competitive coverage. Plans that reflect current market practice and the level and type of benefits that companies like PacBio provide.
  • Flexibility. PacBio recognizes the diversity of our employee population and has benefit choices that meet a wide variety of needs.
  • Quality. PacBio strives to contract with leading health and benefits carrier partners who maintain high standards of service.
  • Financial protection. Insurance and retirement plans that help keep you in good financial shape.

The following summarizes programs offered in the U.S.

 

Healthcare and Insurance Plans

  • Choice of HMO, PPO, and High Deductible medical plans
  • Health Savings Account, which includes employer funding
  • Comprehensive dental and vision plans
  • Employee assistance program
  • Company-paid accident and life insurance programs, with options to purchase additional coverage at group coverage rates to further support and protect employees and their families
  • Company-paid travel accidental death and dismemberment plan
  • Company-paid short and long-term disability insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursements

Commuting Benefits

  • Pre-Tax Commuter Transit and Parking Spending Accounts
  • Shuttle service to and from local Caltrain stations
  • Bike lockers and shower facilities
  • Electric car charging stations (FOC)

Financial Planning

  • Competitive pay including incentive and equity programs
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) offers eligible team members the opportunity to purchase company stock at a discount
  • 401(k) Retirement plan

Time Off Programs

  • We welcome flexible work arrangements, subject to specifics of the role
  • Generous holiday schedule
  • Vacation accrual up to 15 days per year
  • Paid sick leave up to 80 hours per year
  • New Parent Leave

Wellness

  • Wellness program with valuable health incentive opportunities
  • Annual health fair
  • Vaccination clinics
  • Fully equipped on-campus fitness center
  • Certified instructor-led fitness classes

Professional Development

  • Course curriculum available through LinkedIn Learning
  • Quarterly patent awards program

Additional Perks

  • Onsite cafeteria
  • Food trucks
  • Coffee bars
  • BAGs (happy hours)
  • BBQs
Job Description

Software Engineer, Instrumentation
The Instrument Control Software team is responsible for runtime control operations in PacBio’s DNA sequencing instruments. The Instrument Control Software manages all operational hardware, including robots, lasers, optics, electromechanical devices, and environmental modules in order to conduct DNA sequencing experiments on the instrument. We are looking for an enthusiastic and engineering-minded person to work on development of any and all areas of the instrument.

Personal and Professional Attributes:

  • You are an independent learner, thinker and do-er, yet you are not afraid to ask questions or seek help
  • You can perform well in a process-oriented environment without it stifling your creativity
  • You are good at describing technical details in written form, but also in conversation
  • You can embrace the philosophies of agile software development and test-driven design
  • You are fine working at a desk or in an engineering laboratory. In fact, you enjoy working with hardware devices


Responsibilities:

  • Design and code controller software components in our DNA sequencers using C# and Python
  • Develop services and diagnostics for hardware devices by interfacing with motion control processors, custom FPGA firmware, and third-party devices over serial or network connections
  • Analyze and refactor complex subsystems and collaborate with others to improve the overall design
  • Maintain good automated test coverage with a mix of unit, functional, and integration tests
  • Create documentation for existing and new designs and tests
  • Work with electrical and mechanical engineers on designs and troubleshooting related to device and firmware performance


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.


Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors and/or Masters in Computer Science, Engineering, or other related discipline, or equivalent, with 3-10 years related experience or equivalent
  • Excellent coding skills and fluency in managed runtime environments, such as .NET or Java
  • Experience with multi-threaded real-time software
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to be able to effectively interact with mechanical, electronic, quality, and manufacturing engineers


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Comfortable developing, testing and debugging on both Windows and Linux
  • Experience in any of the following areas: robotics, lasers, optics, machine vision, fluidics
  • Experience with any of these technologies: USB serial devices, .NET Core, XSD/XML, Git, Atlassian


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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