Staff Electrical Engineer

Pacific Biosciences
Job Location
Menlo Park, CA
Job Description

Pacific Biosciences is seeking a disciplined electrical engineer to design PCBAs for our DNA sequencer instruments. Good digital and analog design skills, FPGA knowledge, and experience with motor control are essential. A strong work ethic and commitment to solid documentation practices are a must. Work is fast paced and multifaceted, touching on many additional engineering disciplines: thermal, electromechanical, chemical/biological, optical, and software. The perfect candidate will be comfortable shifting priorities quickly and getting hands-on to diagnose and solve technical issues. They must be comfortable working closely with others and giving/receiving constructive design feedback.

The candidate will be one of the primary EEs on a small team responsible for delivering all of Pacific Biosciences’s PCBAs and associated firmware. The candidate will, among other things, design electronics to interface and optimize the response of a variety of sensors in noisy environments, implement analog signal processing circuits where high precision and accuracy are required over the entire operating environment, and design high-performance motor control boards. The candidate will work on cross-functional teams to gather requirements, write specifications and test plans, deliver on designs, work with external layout houses, bring up and debug boards, work with integration teams, and transition the designs to manufacturing. While the role will largely focus on upcoming products, there is also a need to support manufacturing, field service, and internal users.


Bachelors and/or Masters in Electrical Engineering or other related discipline
Minimum of 5 years of industry or equivalent work experience
Demonstrated proficiency in analog circuit design, analysis, and simulation /modeling
Design experience with motion control (servos, steppers, encoders) is strongly desired
Experience with thermal design/management
Proficiency with OrCAD schematic capture
Experienced in the use of test equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum- and network analyzers, dynamic signal analyzers, debuggers, and/or simulators
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills in order to be able to effectively interface with software, hardware, quality and manufacturing teams
FPGA design and debug experience is strongly desired

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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