Electrical Engineer II in Philomath, Oregon at Sea-Bird Electronics

Date Posted: 8/6/2019

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Job ID: SEA000235

About Us

Sea-Bird Scientific was formed in 2010 by the union of Sea-Bird Electronics (Bellevue, WA), WET Labs (Philomath, OR) and Satlantic (Halifax, NS) (wholly owned subsidiaries of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR)). Through the combination of the Sea-Bird Electronics, WET Labs and Satlantic product lines, Sea-Bird Scientific is the world’s leading provider of advanced technology for oceanographic research. The Sea-Bird Scientific group of company’s design, manufacture and market oceanographic instrumentation and systems that enable the world’s leading scientists to push the boundaries of ocean knowledge. Sea-Bird Scientific works with a global network of international representatives and partners to serve customers in more than 30 countries around the world. Our dedicated team is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests with a common goal of serving the world’s oceanographic community with leading edge technology and solutions. We offer an entrepreneurial environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at one of the Sea-Bird Scientific Company’s locations gives you access to a robust career development process and challenging "stretch" opportunities.

Sea-Bird Electronics is an EEO / AA employer.  Sea-Bird Electronics does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (sex), gender identity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

For more information regarding our company’s, please visit the Sea-Bird Scientific website at www.seabird.com. 


Sea-Bird Scientific is the world's largest developer and manufacturer of products for the measurement of salinity, temperature, pressure, dissolved oxygen, fluorescence, nutrients and related parameters for oceanographic research and environmental water quality monitoring in natural waters. Scientists around the world rely upon our designs to advance their understanding of natural waters.

We are looking for a talented Electrical Engineer II to become an integral part of the Sea-Bird Scientific R&D Team. The Electrical Engineer II reports directly to the Electrical Engineering Manager. You will work in a collaborative environment to drive innovation of new products as well as support the sustainment and evolution of our established instrumentation. The core purpose of this role is to apply your knowledge of electrical engineering principles, with some supervision or guidance, to the design, redesign, test, modeling and use of various products, subassemblies, complex systems, and product platforms.

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Develop embedded firmware for undersea and coastal sensors, instruments and test platforms.

  • Own the analysis, development, debug and modification of key product designs.

  • Create and execute test plans to mitigate risk early in the development process.

  • Assist in the analog and digital circuit design of ultra-low-power (battery-powered), compact, robust sensing systems for oceanographic instruments. 

  • Execute effective problem solving to resolve quality, performance, and production issues with past, present, and future products.

  • Manage priorities, timelines, deadlines and deliverables.

  • Evaluate design tradeoffs and approaches when fulfilling design goals as described in specification documents.

  • Design for compliance (RoHS, CE, UL).

  • Communicate effectively within and across departments to support the larger organization.

  • Be a motivated self-starter that can work independently to meet project targets.

  • Utilize benchtop test equipment for design verification and trouble shooting.

  • Perform additional tasks as assigned.

Job Requirements


  • BS with a 3 or more years of directly relevant experience; MS with 1 year of relevant experience in a systems design environment in which the candidate has had a role in taking designs from conception through production and shipment
  • Embedded systems development, including architecture design and test strategy and DFM. 
  • Experienced in embedded C development, inclusive of low-level driver development, communication protocols (SPI, I2C, USB, UART) low-power techniques. 
  • Experience with schematic capture and circuit analysis using EDA tools such as OrCAD and SPICE.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in the following areas: 
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills
    • Strong project and time management skills
    • Solid data analysis and reporting skills 
Preferred skills: 
  • Experience with MSP430 and ARM-Cortex architectures.
  • Knowledge of common scripting languages such as Bash, Python. 
  • Experience with PADs for PCB Layout is a plus.

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 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 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.

Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.


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