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Danaher Corporation Senior Optical Engineer in Sunnyvale, California

Make an immediate impact on a global scale!

At Cepheid, leader in molecular diagnostics, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert® System, we’ve taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications.

The work we do every day will change patient care around the world! Be inspired knowing you’re part of the team helping to diagnose the most challenging diseases. Learn about the Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) which makes everything possible.

The Senior Optical Engineer will independently lead the design of new optical systems and or subsystems and provide high level technical knowledge of optical system. This position will work cross-functionally with other related disciplines including Consumables Engineering, Assay Development, and Chemistry as well systems (Mechanical, Electrical) to help troubleshoot existing system issues, and provide technical guidance as needed.

You will be relied upon as a key hands-on specialist in a fast-paced team that is sustaining bestselling generation instrumentation, as well as at an architectural level developing next generation instrument platforms and lab automation systems.

This position is part of the Optical team and located in Sunnyvale, CA. It is part of larger team comprised of mechanical, electrical and optical engineers focused on the common goal of developing and commercializing Cepheid’s world impacting molecular diagnostic platforms.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Design new optical system or optical sub-systems, including ray trace modeling, computation, and other standard optical engineering methodologies. Work multi-functionally with hardware, firmware, and fellow optical engineers to build and test new instrumentation and systems

  • Design, prototype, and document high-throughput functional test fixtures of optical subassemblies Perform maintenance and update of product functional specifications with supporting documentation Specify, document, procure, qualify, and implement test fixtures

  • Support prototype / production builds and resolve technical and quality issues. Evaluate and select suppliers for LED and filter parts; Help resolve supplier quality issues. Resolve and incorporate critical feature inspection and test checkpoints into manufacturing and production process

  • Ability to analyze problems (troubleshooting, fault isolation, repair, modification, or redesign) of company products using knowledge of engineering to include R&D and production-level applications; skilled in Solidworks and Zemax modeling

  • Data analysis using MiniTab, Origin, Mathematica, Matlab, or equivalent software. Optical modeling using Zemax package.

    The essential requirements of the job include:

  • Advanced degree in Physics, Optical, or Electrical Engineering with a focus in optical methods, Bachelor’s degree with 6+ years of related work experience OR Master’s degree in field with 5+ years of related work experience OR Doctoral degree in field with 2+ years of work experience; 5+ Hands-on lab experience in working with optical components and systems

  • Experience in diagnostics, medical device, life sciences or biotechnology industry. Understanding of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a plus

  • Product development experience in Optical Sciences including fiber optics, physical optics, photo/low level signal detection systems, and lasers

  • Experience with NPI process and Design Control process to include procurement, fabrication and inspecting of micro-optics components, optical materials (adhesives, matching compounds, etc.) in a product development manufacturing environment.

  • Experience specifying and selecting LED, filter, and detector components, optics, and optical bench components as well as electronics associated with l and electrical test equipment

  • Capable of performing calculations of end-to-end light throughput for complete optical systems, and lens design experience using ray tracing simulation Basic machining/mechanical fabrication skills a plus

It would be a plus if you also possess previous experience in:

  • Experience working in environments following FDA Good Manufacturing Practices, QSR, and ISO 13485 with strong understanding of statistics, Design of Experimentation (DOE), the Six Sigma method, and Risk analysis (FMEA, Cause and Effect, Fishbone Diagram)

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 (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at 202.419.7762 or applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation.If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.

Operating Company: Cepheid