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Danaher Corporation Senior Embedded Software Engineer in South San Francisco, California


We are seeking a Staff Embedded Software Engineer with hands-on C/C++ programming skills and exceptional systems/robotics engineering experience. This person will act as a lead engineer in developing our next-generation system platform including algorithm development.


  • Be a key contributor on the firmware engineering team that leads the development of firmware/embedded software for commercial products and in-house research.

  • Lead on projects comprising robotics/hardware interfaces, feedback/feed-forward control system design, algorithm development, mathematical modeling, global optimization, simulation, and signal processing and data analysis.

  • Lead multi-discipline teams on new product introduction projects while adhering to software development and source control processes.

  • Provide technical guidance to the team; and solve complex problems; and often mentor the junior members of the staff to solve unique problems.

  • Prototype, design, implement and maintain software applications.

  • Develop embedded software driver modules for hardware components.

  • Participate in cross-functional project teams with scientists, technical support and other engineers to resolve software issues.

  • Design, Develop, and implement embedded software for robots and other automation equipment.

  • Document software; write technical specifications for interfaces and testing.

  • Drive root cause analyses in a product development, production and post-production context.


Education and Experience (in years):

  • BS or MS in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering with a specialization in real-time embedded systems

  • 5-8+ years of work experience in engineering.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Experienced C, C++ programmer with experience in real-time / embedded system design, debug, and testing in an Embedded Linux / RTOS environment.

  • Experience in developing embedded applications for ARM, X86 architectures is required.

  • Experience in embedded interfaces like USB, SPI, I2C, UART is required.

  • Strong debugging skills and familiarity in using debuggers, scopes/logic analyzers are required.

  • Knowledge in communications such as CAN, TCP/IP, UDP, serial.

  • Knowledge of concurrency, threading and data structures.

  • Experience in Gap Analysis of existing software to current and future designs.

  • Ability to communicate complex technical issues and design to the peers.

  • Ability to work independently and lead functional teams or projects.

If you have these, it’s a plus!

  • Medical device or regulated industry experience very desirable

  • Familiarity with tools such as Matlab and Python

  • Basic knowledge of other engineering disciplines helpful (mechanical, electrical, physics)

  • Experience in delivering products and providing technical leadership


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