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Danaher Corporation Senior Electrical Engineer in Sunnyvale, California


The Sr. Electrical Engineer will be relied upon as a hands-on interdisciplinary expert in a fast-paced team that is developing Cepheid’s next generation medical diagnostic instrument platforms, lab automation and production systems. This role works within a team comprised

of electrical, mechanical, software and optical engineers to design and productize molecular diagnostic systems that will be commercialized as key products in Cepheid's portfolio.

You will take proven designs and further integrate them for lower cost, higher reliability, and higher performance when manufactured at large scale, working as the central

liaison between industrial design, product design, and manufacturing engineering - you will know the “what,” the “how,” and the “who” can make the team’s design ideas reality on tight timelines.


  • Hands-on integration of electro-mechanical, electro-optic, and other integrated systems to optimize systems signal-to-noise ratio, fault tolerance, and system packaging.

  • Analog system design within tight physical constraints. This role will perform board design, layout, and debug.

  • Digital system design.

  • Participate in cross-functional project teams with scientists, technical support, and other engineers to create new and resolve existing software/firmware issues in diverse systems:

  • -----> high speed data handling

  • -----> motion control

  • -----> signal conditioning and processing

  • -----> thermal control

  • Drive redesigns that resolve determined root-cause issues and collaborate/perform/lead with other team members in the verification, validation and Change Order submission and implementation of the redesigns.


Education and Experience (in years):

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering (or an equivalent technical discipline). Or, equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level.

  • A minimum 8 years of experience in hands-on electrical design for commercial instrumentation/consumer products.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Proven product development/commercialization experience within a risk-control framework.

  • Electrical engineering background in microprocessor based, mixed signal embedded systems ADC/DAC control, sensor signal conditioning using op-amps, and motor control.

  • Working knowledge of robotics and system engineering.

  • Fast learner, self-motivated, willing to work outside the job description.

  • Demonstrated analytical/experimental problem-solving skills to understand hardware, software, reagents and consumables issues and to be able to quickly analyze and resolve system inter-operability problems.

  • Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple projects, and meet deadlines.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Physical requirements/abilities:

  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.

  • Must be able to perform routine laboratory tasks.


  • Experience with microcontroller chips and low-latency systems.

  • Experience with Cypress PSoC a strong plus.

  • Experience in low noise signal conditioning utilizing opamps, DC-DC power regulation, SPI, USB.

  • Familiarity with scripting tools, such as Python and Tcl

    Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .

Operating Company: Cepheid