Software Engineer, Instrumentation

Location
Menlo Park, California
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Sep 02, 2020
Ref
2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Software Engineer, Instrumentation


The Instrument Control Software team is responsible for runtime control operations in PacBio’s DNA sequencing instruments. The Instrument Control Software manages all operational hardware, including robots, lasers, optics, electromechanical devices, and environmental modules in order to conduct DNA sequencing experiments on the instrument. We are looking for an enthusiastic and engineering-minded person to work on development of any and all areas of the instrument.

Personal and Professional Attributes:

  • You are an independent learner, thinker and do-er, yet you are not afraid to ask questions or seek help
  • You can perform well in a process-oriented environment without it stifling your creativity
  • You are good at describing technical details in written form, but also in conversation
  • You can embrace the philosophies of agile software development and test-driven design
  • You are fine working at a desk or in an engineering laboratory. In fact, you enjoy working with hardware devices


Responsibilities:

  • Design and code controller software components in our DNA sequencers using C# and Python
  • Develop services and diagnostics for hardware devices by interfacing with motion control processors, custom FPGA firmware, and third-party devices over serial or network connections
  • Analyze and refactor complex subsystems and collaborate with others to improve the overall design
  • Maintain good automated test coverage with a mix of unit, functional, and integration tests
  • Create documentation for existing and new designs and tests
  • Work with electrical and mechanical engineers on designs and troubleshooting related to device and firmware performance


All listed tasks and responsibilities are deemed as essential functions to this position; however, business conditions may require reasonable accommodations for additional tasks and responsibilities.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors and/or Masters in Computer Science, Engineering, or other related discipline, or equivalent, with 3-10 years related experience or equivalent
  • Excellent coding skills and fluency in managed runtime environments, such as .NET or Java
  • Experience with multi-threaded real-time software
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to be able to effectively interact with mechanical, electronic, quality, and manufacturing engineers


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Comfortable developing, testing and debugging on both Windows and Linux
  • Experience in any of the following areas: robotics, lasers, optics, machine vision, fluidics
  • Experience with any of these technologies: USB serial devices, .NET Core, XSD/XML, Git, Atlassian


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.