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Sr. Systems Engineer

Company: Picarro
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:

Sr. Systems Engineer

Location: Santa Clara, CA (On-site)

Job Term: Full-Time

The Opportunity:

Picarro is seeking a Sr. Systems Engineer to participate and drive the development of the next generation of laser-based analytical instrumentation. The incumbent will typically lead teams to create instruments capable of highly sensitive and accurate measurements of volatile organic compounds. The Sr. Systems Engineer will be expected to be able to create timelines and include dependencies on other projects, and should have at least a year of mentoring or running a group of scientist or engineers. These novel and transformative instruments your team creates will be deployed in a variety of applications, from semiconductor manufacturing to industrial emissions monitoring to air quality. The incumbent will work with the marketing team to understand the customer needs and will participate in the design, assembly, and performance testing of CRDS instrumentation that will fulfill those needs. As a Sr. Systems Engineer, your experience will be used to fill in gaps in specifications as necessary. To that end, experience with analytical instrumentation and optical spectroscopy is absolutely required. Strong experimental and data analysis skills are required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the design and operation of Picarro's sophisticated CRDS instruments.
  • Use that understanding to plan and execute on a comprehensive development program to develop and manufacture trace gas analyzers that enable our customers' applications.
  • Divide multi-faceted projects into sub-teams, fun mini-scrums with those teams, coordinate a scrum-of-scrums over the entire project.
  • Proactively identify and mitigate development risks and troubleshoot problems and defects.
  • Become a key technical resource to streamline the transfer of the technology into the Picarro product portfolio.
  • Follow standard engineering practices, including risk analysis, design review, requirements definition, and product cost management, and mange the timeline, resources, and budget associated with the project.
  • Design products for industry standard performance, reliability, manufacturability, scalability, and serviceability.
  • Design and build apparatus to test and develop new instruments, writing code as necessary for data workup or test station control.
  • Collaborate with other system engineers, optical designers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, software engineers, and process/manufacturing engineers to deliver system level solutions.


    • M.S. or Ph.D., preferred in Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Physical Chemistry or related field.
    • Experience with spectroscopy is required; gas phase spectroscopy is preferred.
    • Experience with conducting experiments and developing scientific instruments in a laboratory or industrial context.
    • Experience with developing software to interface with and control laboratory equipment is a plus.
    • Ability to work cross functional boundaries and organizational levels both inside and outside the company.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Extremely organized, quality and detail oriented, with an ability to multi-task in a high growth environment.
    • Data Visualization and Analysis skills required. Basic fluency in programming (Python, Matlab, R, IGOR, etc.) for Data Analysis strongly preferred.
    • Experience in optical absorption spectroscopy, laser-based instrumentation, gas phase physics desired.

      Salary & Benefits:

      The base salary range for this full-time position is $124,000 - $155,000. Your base salary and title will be determined based on the location, experience, qualification, skills, and knowledge, level, and pay of other employees in similar positions.

      We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

      • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
      • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) plans
      • Life, Short-Term Disability, and Long-Term Disability Insurance
      • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
      • Employee Referral Program
      • 401K
      • Social events (summer picnic, holiday party, team lunches, etc.)
      • On-site Health & Wellness programs (fitness challenges, outdoor bootcamp, flu-shots, etc.)

        About Picarro:

        Picarro is engineering a unique confluence of hardware, software and cloud-based computing unlike anything being done today. By manufacturing the precision instruments at the core of this technology as well as developing the algorithms that enable cogent information to be derived from the data, we are transforming how world-class scientific, industrial and regulatory compliance measurements are made, and more importantly, who makes them.

        Infrared optical spectroscopy is a proven technology for delivering precise, real-time measurement of the constituents in a gas stream with high sensitivity and selectivity. Recent developments in laser technology allow for a very significant increase in the number of species that can be measured simultaneously, leading to an unprecedented increase in the amount of information that can be collected and to corresponding challenges in extracting information from the results.

        All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, gender identity, social orientation, nor on the basis of disability.

        Posted positions are not open to third party recruiters/agencies and unsolicited resume submissions will be considered free referrals.

        If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact Picarro, Inc. at for assistance.

        Posted positions are not open to third party recruiters/agencies and unsolicited resume submissions will be considered free referrals.

Keywords: Picarro, Santa Clara , Sr. Systems Engineer, Other , Santa Clara, California

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