Staff Engineer, Optomechanical

Pacific Biosciences
Job Location
Menlo Park, CA
Job Description

Pacific Biosciences is seeking a disciplined optomechanical engineer with experience designing complex, multi-functional instrumentation for volume production. The DNA sequencing market that Pacific Biosciences is competing in requires continual development of novel concepts that can be proven and transitioned to manufacturing. The candidate will be responsible for creating and developing these new concepts for our existing and upcoming products. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable and experienced in defining instrument requirements, design, testing, and troubleshooting. 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, chemical/biological, optical, electrical, structural, and software. The perfect candidate will be comfortable shifting priorities quickly, developing creative solutions to challenging technical problems, 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 responsible for working on cross-functional teams to gather requirements, define specifications, diagnose issues, develop and test concepts, and execute on designs with input from many functional groups. The primary focus of the role is on the instrument optomechanics, although there will be ample opportunities to work on many other areas of the system as well. The candidate will be required to be a part of the supplier selection process, including writing interface control documents and performing NPI work. Additionally. this role will require providing support to manufacturing, field service, and internal users and contribute to efforts to improve reliability, manufacturability, and serviceability of our current and future products.


B.S. or more advanced degree in mechanical engineering or related field. M.S. preferred.
7+ years industry experience
Experience with optomechanical design required
Experience selecting and working with external suppliers for design, development, and production of complex assemblies with challenging testing requirements strongly desired
Experience with motion control is strongly desired
Experience leading small teams strongly desired
Familiarity with fundamentals of optical system design, specification, and testing strongly desired
Advanced understanding of volume production of complex instrumentation strongly desired
Broad instrumentation experience, including optics, thermals, vibration, fluidics, robotics, automation, or packaging, a plus
Strong communication skills, including sharing and accepting ideas with many sources
Proficient in good documentation practices, with experience following strict product development processes
Capable of operating autonomously and disciplined enough to follow established best practices and guidelines
Proficiency in SOLIDWORKS or equivalent 3D modeling experience
Facility with mechanical tolerance analysis for precision assemblies
Drafting experience and strong command of dimensioning/tolerancing per ASME Y14.5-2009
Machine shop experience strongly preferred
Basic software scripting experience a plus

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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