Staff Mechanical Engineer
Pacific Biosciences - Menlo Park, CA

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Pacific Biosciences is seeking a disciplined mechanical engineer with experience designing complex, high-volume cross-functional instrumentation. The DNA sequencing market that Pacific Biosciences is competing in requires continual development of novel concepts that can be proven and transitioned to a manufacturing environment. The candidate will be responsible for creating and developing these new concepts for our existing and upcoming products. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable in instrument definition, design, testing, and troubleshooting. A strong work ethic and commitment to solid documentation practices are a must. Work is fast paced and multifaceted, touching on many additional engineering disciplines: thermal, chemical/biological, optical, electrical, structural, and software. The perfect candidate will be comfortable shifting priorities quickly and getting hands-on to diagnose and solve technical issues. They must be comfortable working closely with others and giving/receiving constructive design feedback.


The candidate will be responsible for working on and leading cross-functional teams to gather requirements, define specifications, diagnose issues, develop and test concepts, then execute on designs with input from many functional groups. The primary focus of the role is on the instrument chassis design, although there will be many oportunities to work on many other areas of the system as well. This role will provide support to manufacturing, field service, and internal users and to improve reliability, manufacturability, and serviceability of our current and future products.

Position Requirements:

B.S. or more advanced degree in mechanical engineering or related field.

7+ years industry experience

Experience with weldedments and frame/chassis design required

Experience with vibration mitigation and analysis required

Experience following strict product development processes required

Experience leading small teams, including external vendors such as industrial designers, strongly desired

Advanced understanding of volume production of complex instrumentation strongly desired

Experience with plastic part design and injection molding a plus

Broad instrumentation experience, including optics, thermals, vibration, fluidics, robotics, automation, or packaging, a plus

Basic software scripting experience a plus

Proficient in good documentation practices

Strong communication skills, including sharing and accepting ideas with many sources

Capable of operating autonomously and disciplined enough to follow established best practices and guidelines

Proficiency in Solidworks or equivalent 3D modeling experience

Drafting experience using ASME Y14.5-2009

Machine Shop experience preferred

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