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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.

This position is part of the Hardware Engineering Team and located in Sunnyvale, CA.

This is a fast-paced team that is sustaining bestselling generation instrumentation, as well as, architectural level development of next generation instrument platforms and lab automation systems.

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 while supporting prototype / production builds and resolving technical and quality issues

  • A bility to analyze problems (troubleshooting, fault isolation, repair, modify, 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 with e xperience 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 and Design Control process specifying and selecting LED, filter, and detector components, optics, and optical bench components as well as electronics associated with l and electrical test equipment

  • Optical systems, and lens design experience using ray tracing simulation

    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)

    Cepheid, a Danaher company, offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to our lives. Whether it’s a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits at danaherbenefitsinfo.com .

    Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We're innovative, fast-paced, and results-oriented.

    Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, and variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance.

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