JOB #272

Staff Systems Engineer

Location: San Jose, CA

Labcyte Inc. seeks a highly motivated candidate to join its R&D System Engineering team. This position involves the development of new liquid handling instrumentation, process optimization, acoustic transfer optimization, and sustaining engineering for Labcyte’s capital equipment and consumable products. Qualified candidates must be able to work independently and as a member of multi-disciplined development teams, executing tasks on-time and to spec. Development responsibilities may include system specification and design, signal processing, algorithm development, design verification testing, and technology transfer to Manufacturing.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with team to define detailed technical specs
  • Participate in research and design targeting new features and methods
  • Support engineering team in testing of subsystems
  • Lead system integration planning and execution
  • Define and execute design verification test plan
  • Define and execute product validation test plan
  • Develop procedures and required tools for Manufacturing and Service system test
  • Train Mfg. and Service personnel on system test procedures
  • Support Mfg. personnel during production ramp-up

Education, Skills, Experience, and Requirements

  • BS with >10 years experience, MS with >6 years, or PhD with >3 years in Physics or Engineering (BioMed or EE)
  • 5-10 years of experience in the development, test, and analysis of analytical instrumentation or complex electromechanical equipment.

Skills and Attributes Required

  • Superior problem solving skills
  • Analytical, methodical, and detail-oriented in planning, experimentation, and analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate, test, and troubleshoot electronic, mechanical, and software subsystems
  • Experience with a compiled programming language such as C, C++, or C#
  • Experience with scripting languages such as python or MATLAB
  • Experience with statistical analysis, data analysis and data reduction techniques
  • Tenacious and deadline driven
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated contribution in delivering capital equipment instrumentation from concept to market
  • Experienced with lab measurement tools for electrical, optical, and mechanical technologies
  • Detail and quality oriented
  • A `can do` attitude and the desire to learn

Desirable Skills and Attributes:

  • Modeling of physical systems
  • Machine learning experience
  • Understanding of fluids, and fluid/solid interface issues.
  • Good understanding of image or signal processing
  • Experience using statistics and DOE methods for process optimization
  • Ability to design test fixtures
  • Project management experience
  • Some knowledge of chemistry and good lab practices


Candidates only, no recruiters or agencies.

About Labcyte

Labcyte, a global biotechnology tools company headquartered in San Jose, California, is revolutionizing liquid handling. Echo liquid handling systems use sound to precisely transfer liquids. Labcyte instruments are used worldwide by all twenty of the top twenty pharmaceutical companies, as well as by small to mid-size pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, contract research organizations and academic institutions. Labcyte’s customers work across a wide spectrum of biology including drug discovery, genomics, proteomics, diagnostics, imaging mass spectrometry.

Labcyte Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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