Systems Engineer I/II

Roche Sequening
Job Location
Pleasanton, CA
Job Description

The System Engineer in the Roche Sequencing Unit will be part of the system development team focusing on the development of a cutting edge next-generation sequencing (NGS) system for IVD assays and applications.

Experience and Responsibilities: 

  • Expertise in IVD instrument design and development is essential. 

  • Nucleic acid based diagnostics technology background and next-generation sequencing experience are highly desirable.  Other system development experience in complex clinical diagnostic development environments is a plus.

  • Significant experience with all phases of technology development is highly desirable.

  • Knowledge of all phases of NGS workflows and data analysis is desirable. Experience with NGS systems development is a plus.

  • Previous experience working with or managing relationships with external OEM vendors.

  • The individual responsibilities are:

  • Works under general supervision, to conduct and monitor laboratory experiments utilizing established and published procedures, and technical and theoretical understanding

  • Makes recommendations to resolve problems encountered during experimental procedures

  • Assumes responsibility for the accuracy, quality, and timeliness of experimental results

  • Summarizes experimental results, and reviews conclusions with supervisor/project leader

  • Communicates results of experiments in the form of reports and presentations

  • Keeps supervisor/project leader informed of project status, particularly of significant findings and results in critical problem areas. Performs work according to established internal safety guidelines and procedures, and as specified by appropriate external regulatory agencies (e.g. OSHA)

  • Oversees these aspects of project work to ensure completion within the expected parameters and time frame

  • Communicates results to management via written reports and oral presentations

  • Work is typically complex and of considerable scope and therefore requires application of technical principles, tools and knowledge gained from previous work experience

  • Assesses results for applicability, validity, and conformance to Product Requirements

  • Works under general supervision, receiving general instructions: plans and executes own work

  • Works on a wide range of problems where original contributions are required.  Creative, imaginative thinking is required.  Works independently with general management direction.  Work is reviewed in detail over a specific time frame.

  • Develops test plans, writes test cases, and implements and executes automated tests to verify the hardware, software and system performance.

  • Hands-on with a strong instrument/platform development background, the candidate will be asked to troubleshoot systems, identify opportunities for quality improvements, provide root causes of complex HW-SW interaction problems, and communicate test results and corrective recommendations to the team. He or she will work closely with external and internal design teams to understand and resolve product performance issues.

  • Activities are planned jointly with management to develop objectives, schedules and budgets.  Progress reported at appropriate intervals.

  • May directly supervise technical personnel.  Provides technical advice to technical community.

  • Provides technical advice/guidance to junior engineering staff, and serves as a role model.


You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.


  • Required BS, MS or equivalent experience in engineering, sciences, or related field with thorough technical knowledge and leadership ability; preferred MS

  • Experience working on development of diagnostic devices under strict IVD design control processes, experimental design, versatile laboratory practice, data analysis, and data and concept presentation.

  • Required BS or equivalent with 2-6 years related experience or MS with 2-3 years related experience or Ph.D. degree; preferred MS with 3+ years related experience

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