Systems Integration Engineer in Sunnyvale, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 8/29/2019

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Job ID: CEP004106

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).



The System Integration Engineer is responsible for design and development tasks related to hardware, consumables, software, and assay interoperability, with the goal of achieving overall system performance requirements for Cepheid’s diagnostic platforms. In this hands-on role, you will work with Biotechnology R&D, Failure Investigation, Firmware, Mechanical, Optical, and Electrical Engineering, Software, NPI, Consumables, and other interdisciplinary groups to design, refine, and test various instrument components/systems for in vitro diagnostic projects. The SI Engineer is responsible for the planning, execution, analysis, and reporting of laboratory experiments in support of System Integration Engineering projects.  The ideal candidate will have an engineering background with additional experience working in biological settings in a regulated, medical device environment.


  • Supports Biotechnology R&D core team activities related to fluidics development, assay system integration, troubleshooting and failure investigation
  • Maintains internal knowledge base of GeneXpert product hardware, software, consumable, reagent, and fluidic design and performance history as well as cross-functional implementation of design rules.
  • Innovates new technologies and methods necessary to advance Cepheid technologies into new market areas such as oncology and genetics
  • Collaborates cross-functionally with Hardware Engineering, Biotechnology R&D, Consumables R&D, NPI, Firmware, Software, Technical Support, Service, and other functions to deliver system-level instrumentation platforms that meet the needs of Cepheid’s Oncology and Infectious Disease product portfolios
  • Works independently in a cross-disciplinary environment to plan and execute experiments using specialized test equipment and perform experimental data analysis. 
  • Contributes to the design and development of test methods and test protocols
  • Performs hands-on laboratory testing in engineering, instrument and biology labs
  • Performs consumables and hardware component assembly activities as necessary
  • Facilitates technical problem solving through proposed experimentation and alternate designs/approaches
  • Follows GLP and GMP when executing lab/administrative work
  • Maintains organized and complete documentation of activities, and provides regular updates covering progress, problems and solutions.
  • Communicates effectively across organizational functions
  • Complies with all Quality and Regulatory requirements


  • Complete all assigned and required training satisfactorily and on time

Job Requirements



Education or Experience (in years): 

  • Bachelor’s degree with 2+ years of related work experience ORMaster’s degree in field with 0-2 years of related work experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Molecular Biology, Life Sciences, or a related technical discipline
  • Demonstrated hands-on direct work experience as an engineer, scientist or product developer in a laboratory setting. 
  • Demonstrated basic laboratory skills, including pipetting and reagent handling techniques
  • Demonstrated engineering skills such as machining and laser cutting.
  • Statistics knowledge, including proficiency in the use of Excel for data analysis and presentation
  • Comfortable operating sophisticated computer and instrumentation equipment/hardware
  • Detail oriented, proactive, and driven
  • Must be able to perform routine laboratory tasks

Knowledge and skills: 

  • Experience with Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or other biological applications of fluorescence.
  • Hands-on use of proEE or Solidworks
  • Candidate must be able to follow directions and adjust to changing experimental priorities in a fast-paced environment. 
  • The ability to learn quickly and work safely is of most importance
  • Positive attitude and ability to multitask while keeping shifting priorities in mind
  • Must-have skills includes analytical thinking for troubleshooting tasks as well as problem solving skills. 
  • Job requires multiple hours of standing in the lab to set up and perform experiments, as well as desk duties including data analysis and report writing.
  • Strong documentation and report writing skills


  • General scientific lab experience required with biomedical engineering, bioengineering, and physics background preferred. 
  • Previous medical device or biotechnology industry experience with GMP and GLP experience is a plus. 
  • Experience in a Quality Environment
  • Design and Development testing experience
  • Verification and Validation experience

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for this job.

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