Sr. Embedded Software Engineer

Leica Microsystems

Leica Microsystems

Software Engineering
San Jose, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024

Do you want to help advance scientific discovery, improving quality of life around the world? We do, too.

Molecular Devices makes innovative, high-performance life science technology that enables academia, pharma and biotech customers to accelerate research breakthroughs and new therapeutic discoveries. Guided by our diverse leadership team and female president, you’ll grow your career alongside best-in-class teams around the globe, and within a culture of collaboration, engagement, diversity, and inclusion.

Molecular Devices 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.

Do you want to work in a fast-paced R&D environment developing innovative analytical solutions for cell and protein biology?

We are currently seeking a Sr. Embedded Software Engineer with advanced knowledge of firmware, electronics, and systems design to help advance our optical detection platforms using the latest techniques and best practices. The new role will be responsible for designing and implementing new components and systems, while also improving and building upon existing architecture and a portfolio of successful products.

What we’ll get you doing:

  • Designing, implementing, and debugging changes to complex embedded systems

  • Creating sustainable, well-organized, and efficient code and schematics

  • Reviewing code and hardware designs with agile teams

  • Generating test software and hardware experiments for component and systems verification

  • Collaborating with optical, electrical and mechanical engineers to plan, design, and build high-performance systems

  • Maintaining version control in Git

  • Following best practices in build automation and unit testing

The essential requirements of the role include:

  • Bachelors degree or higher in Computer Science, Electrical, or Systems Engineering

  • 5+ years experience in embedded systems and firmware development

  • Proficiency with C, Free RTOS required

  • Experience with electronic schematic design and component selection

  • Experience with Git or similar source control system

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

  • Experience with Altium

  • Experience with Python

  • Experience with motion control and hardware synchronization

The salary range OR the hourly range for this role is $140K-$160K. This is the range that we in good faith believe is the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in the future.

This job is also eligible for bonus/incentive pay.

We offer comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance and 401(k) to eligible employees.

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole discretion, consistent with the law.


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