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Danaher Corporation Senior Staff Research Engineer in San Jose, California

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences’ mission is to empower those seeking answers to life’s most important scientific and healthcare questions. With a legacy spanning 80+ years, we have long been a trusted partner to our customers, who are working to transform science and healthcare with the next groundbreaking discovery. As part of our team of more than 2,900 associates across 130 countries, you’ll help drive our vision of accelerating answers—and our commitment to excellence.

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences is proud to work alongside a community of nine fellow Danaher Life Sciences companies. Together, we’re pioneering the future of science and medicine, developing products that enable researchers in the fight to save lives.

Job Description:

Are you a research engineer who desires to work in a collaborative team environment developing integrated hardware and software-based instrumentation that will redefine the life sciences industry?

We seek a talented individual who is analytical, creative, persistent, goal oriented and understands:

  • Architecture, design, and implementation of scientific instrumentation for life sciences.

  • The entire product development process from concept through transition into development.

  • How to innovate and complete technology transfer to product development including creation of low fidelity and high-fidelity prototypes.

In this role you will:

  • Utilize the framework of our technology development process (TDP) for technology push.

  • Drive progression through technology readiness levels from proof-of-concept to functional prototype and product development.

  • Be a key contributor to high impact new products.

  • Create intellectual property, including work with counsel on the prosecution of IP.


  • Electronics: Design of low noise analog data collection systems, drivers for motors, heaters, TE coolers, sensors, digital logic, micro-controllers.

  • Optical / Photonic Systems design: Fiber-optic and photonic systems, DWDM systems, optoelectronic devices (e.g. lasers, detectors, modulators), detector system selection, low light level systems.

  • Firmware / Software: Architecture, OS selection, implementation in C, C++, and C#.

  • Data processing and control algorithms

  • Fluidics-based instrumentation.

Additional Competencies:

  • Leadership: ability to influence decision-making with or without authority, facilitate groups with different perspectives, bring teams to agreement.

  • Communication: Interpersonal skills that build productive relationships and influence others, both within the business and across organizations. Ability to interact with all levels of the business (senior leaders to working teams), good listening skills, able to present complex or new ideas with clarity and simplicity.

  • Teamwork: collaborate effectively with others in the spirit of common objectives.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Optical Engineering, Applied Physics or related field with 14+ years of relevant industrial experience or equivalent combination of education and experience desired OR Master’s degree in field with 12+ years of experience OR Doctoral degree in field with 9+ years of experience is desired.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher is committed to a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong and all voices are heard. We believe in our associates and the unique perspectives they bring to every challenge, which is why we’ll empower you to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.


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