Software Engineering Intern in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 3/8/2018

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP001053

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).


About Cepheid:

  • Over a decade ago, Cepheid set the standard for innovation in automated molecular diagnostics with our first GeneXpert system.  We have never looked back.  Our product is the most versatile molecular diagnostic solution on the market.  Not only are our Xpert tests among the most accurate, they are also fast and easy.  So easy, that anyone, in almost any setting, can benefit from our test results.  Our mission is to deliver a better way to improve patient outcomes by enabling access to molecular diagnostic testing everywhere.  Whether testing for tuberculosis in a mobile clinic in Botswana, for CT/NG in an OB/GYN practice in Madrid, or for a broad range of healthcare associate infections (HAI) in a hospital lab in New York City, Cepheid is positively impacting the quality of patient care and saving lives every day.  Make a difference in healthcare and join us on this mission!  

About the College Recruiting Program:

  • Our internship opportunities are the gateway for your entry into the exciting world of molecular diagnostics by enabling you to put your academic training and passion to work for a global company whose products impact healthcare every day.

About the Department:

  • Our Engineering Department uses a combination of innovative ideas to create the build the next gen software for our new and improved molecular diagnostics platforms.  We interface with all other departments to ensure our software products meet the needs of the company and our customers.

Job Summary:

  • As a Software Engineer Intern, you will gain hands-on programming experience working on medical diagnostic applications development predominantly in Java on desktop and web applications. You will be a member of the Software Engineering team to develop software for commercial products, manufacturing test systems, and in-house research. This internship has an estimated duration of 3 months.


  • Contribute to software development project implementation through hands-on programming/coding in Java.

  • Help maintain robust software applications by participating in software debugging and testing.

  • Projects may involve GUI development using Java Swing, web applications, back-end logic development, as well as mathematical data analysis, data acquisition and storage.

  • Support the Senior Software Engineers in the development of GUI applications, frameworks, and other SW enhancement features.

  • Participate in cross-functional project teams with QA and other engineers. 

  • Adhere to software development and source control processes.

Job Location:

  • Sunnyvale

Job Requirements


Minimum Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a college or university working towards a degree in Computer Science or related technical discipline

  • Good foundational knowledge of OO programming

  • A team player with excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills

  • Analytical/troubleshooting skills and self-motivated

  • Willing to learn new concepts, technologies, products, and tools

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Junior or Senior level student preferred

  • IntelliJ experience is a plus

  • Experience developing GUIs with Java Swing

  • Experience coding with core Java

  • Experience with SQL, XML, JUnit

  • Experience with UI layout tools is a plus

  • Experience with various database technologies 

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.