Product Development Engineer in San Jose, California at Molecular Devices

Date Posted: 2/23/2018

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Job Description

Job ID: MOL001891

About Us

Molecular Devices, LLC creates innovative, high-quality biological instrumentation solutions that increase our customers’ productivity.  By joining Molecular Devices, you will work with best-in-class people who share a common purpose - to be our customers' first choice for systems, consumables, software, and support that advance both basic and applied life science discovery.  Our core values are the critical elements of our past and future success: the best team wins; customers talk, we listen; continuous improvement is our way of life; leading edge innovation defines our future; and we compete for shareholders.


Product Development Engineer


As an engineer in our product development department you will use your creativity, system and sub-specialty engineering skills to sustain, improve and develop instruments that help scientists unravel the complexities of cell biology.  Challenges will range from sustaining established product designs to translating market needs into new product concepts.  Visit to explore our broad range of life science laboratory instrumentation products.

This might be the right job for you if you …

  • Wonder whether you are a scientist, an engineer or a project manager. You like to wear all the hats.

  • Usually have practical ideas that would have made a product’s design better.

  • Rely more on evidence than hunches as you solve problems.

  • Seldom read a manual before you start using new equipment, but you read it eventually to learn the product’s theory of operation.

  • Enjoy the challenge of starting ‘white space’ assignments and driving to results.

  • Take pride in finishing what you start, with all the loose ends tied up.

Your first year’s objectives may include the following:

  • Lead a product development project – ideation, planning, development, verification, validation, production transfer and launch of a new, best-in-class product.

  • Become the design authority for a range of products.

  • Become an expert with Danaher Business System tools such as Visual Project Management, the Problem Solving Process, and Design for Reliability (including FMEA) and use them to make sustainable improvements to product quality, delivery and cost.

Job Requirements



  • Proficient in one or more of the core product development engineering disciplines such as electronics, mechanical, software, or firmware.  Desirable:  Altium, SolidWorks or Visual Studio experience.

  • Readily grasp the fundamentals of the applications for which scientists use our products and the engineering implications thereof.

  • Have planned and managed several projects to success.

  • Knack for problem solving and troubleshooting.

  • User of a range of scientific instrumentation in a lab setting.

  • Learns the theory of operation underlying instrumentation performance.

  • Experienced with design controls and engineering change management -- design reviews; PDM; ECOs.

  • Sense of urgency / immediate impact – quickly assesses new situations; prioritizes the critical few tasks.

  • Well organized – uses time and resources effectively.

  • Results oriented – has track record for delivery results, takes ownership and is accountable.

  • Leadership and followership – communicates openly and clearly; understands, influences and engages others to get input and buy- in; treats all associates with respect; earns their trust.

  • BS, MS or PhD in a scientific or engineering field – a life science a plus.

  • Relevant industry experience.

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 62,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $16.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #133 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,300% 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.