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Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 2/28/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP002226

About Us

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert® System, we’ve taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications. Come join our vision for a better way and help make life better for us all! For more details, visit us at or follow us on Twitter (@CepheidNews).


Job Description

The Sr. Electrical Design Engineer will be relied upon as a hands-on interdisciplinary expert in a fast-paced team that is developing Cepheid’s next generation medical diagnostic instrument platforms, lab automation and production systems. This role work within a team comprised of electrical, mechanical, software and optical engineers to design and productize molecular diagnostic systems that will be commercialized as key products in Cepheid's portfolio. You will take proven designs and further integrate them for lower cost, higher reliability, and higher performance when manufactured at large scale, working as the central liaison between industrial design, product design, and manufacturing engineering - you will know the “what,” the “how,” and the “who” can make the team’s design ideas reality on tight timelines.

Essential Job Responsibilities

• Hands-on integration of electro-mechanical, electro-optic, and other integrated systems to optimize system signal to noise, fault tolerance, and system packaging.
• Analog system design within tight physical constraints. This role will perform board design, layout, and debug.
• Digital system design.
• Participate in cross-functional project teams with scientists, technical support, and other engineers to create new and resolve existing software/firmware issues in diverse systems:
•high speed data handling
•motion control
•signal conditioning and processing
•thermal control
• Drive redesigns that resolve determined root-cause issues and collaborate/perform/lead with other team members in the verification, validation and Change Order submission and implementation of the redesigns.

Job Requirements


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• B.S. in Electrical Engineering (or an equivalent technical discipline). Or, equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level.
• A minimum 8 years of experience in hands-on electrical design for commercial instrumentation/consumer products.
• Proven product development/commercialization experience within a risk-control framework.
• Electrical engineering background in microprocessor based, mixed signal embedded systems ADC/DAC control, sensor signal conditioning using op-amps, and motor control.
• Working knowledge of robotics and system engineering.
• Fast learner, self-motivated, willing to work outside the job description.
• Demonstrated analytical/experimental problem-solving skills to understand hardware, software, reagents and consumables issues and to be able to quickly analyze and resolve system inter-operability problems.
• Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple projects, and meet deadlines.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with microcontroller chips and low-latency systems.
• Experience with Cypress PSoC a strong plus.
• Experience in low noise signal conditioning utilizing op-amps, DC-DC power regulation, SPI, USB.
• Familiarity with scripting tools, such as Perl and Python.

Physical requirements/abilities

• Ability to lift 25 lbs.
• Must be able to perform routine laboratory tasks.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.