Systems Integration Engineer (all levels)

Pleasanton, CA
Posted 3 years ago

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Systems Integration Engineer to support ongoing design and development efforts across DiaCarta’s diagnostic platforms. A successful individual in this role will utilize technical knowledge, experience, and engineering tools and methodologies to bridge the gap across functional teams and connect critical elements, including Software, Firmware, Hardware, Consumables, Assays, and Optics.  You will be a critical player in a fast-paced team that is sustaining current generation instrumentation and developing next-generation diagnostic instrument platforms and lab automation systems. This is a new level role to build the Systems Integration team.


Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates cross-functionally with Biology R&D, Consumables R&D, Software, Technical Support, Service, and other functions to deliver a system-level instrumentation platform that meets the needs of DiaCarta’s Molecular Diagnostics and Oncology product portfolio
  • Develops an expert technical understanding of our products and serves as a holistic systems integration engineer capable of hands-on triaging of all DiaCarta systems and subsystems
  • Represents Systems Integration function on Core or Extended Project Teams
  • Identifies product functionality gaps and collaborates with internal and external teams to support solution implementation
  • Leads the characterization of new systems and manages integration activities at the interfaces of firmware, software, consumables, assays, and hardware
  • Maintains customer-centric focus, identifies and communicates risks and user pain points throughout the product development process
  • Applies sophisticated analytical problem-solving skills to reagent and system integration issues to identify critical performance factors for assay development
  • Supports Bio R&D core team in activities related to assay optimization, fluidics development, assay system integration, troubleshooting, and failure analysis
  • Supports the optimization of sample preparation, Luminometer, Luminex, real-time PCR and RT-PCR assays on DiaCarta QuantiVirusTM and QuantiDNATM Systems during the development of complex in vitro diagnostic tests
  • Leads a cross-functional team to design, test, and validate a new highly spatially multiplexed instrumentation platform, ensuring performance and compatibility with assay products
  • Collaborates with System Verification to develop test methods and test plans for system verification and validation activities
  • Develops analysis algorithms necessary for efficient and intuitive handling of large combinatoric data sets and works with Software Engineering to implement and test
  • Innovates new technologies, algorithms, and methods necessary to advance DiaCarta technology into new market areas such as oncology and genetics
  • Maintains internal knowledge base of QuantiVirusTM and QuantiDNATM product hardware, software, consumables, reagent, and fluidic design and performance history as well as the cross-functional implementation of design rules




Education or Experience (in years): 

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3+ years of related work experience OR Master’s degree with 2+ years of related work experience OR Doctoral degree with 1+ years related work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, etc
  • Previous experience as a hands-on engineer, scientist, or product developer (e.g. System Integration Engineer, System Development Engineer, or related occupation)
  • An advanced degree with practical hands-on experience may substitute for years of industry experience


Knowledge and skills: 

  • Experience with developing and integrating complex instrumentation systems which incorporate optical, mechanical, thermal, and firmware components
  • Data analysis expertise and experience with various data analysis software packages such as Origin, Matlab, Mathematica, Minitab, JMP, or other
  • Well-developed mathematical and statistical analysis skills
  • Knowledge of a broad range of principles of biology (including Luminometer, Luminex, real-time PCR and RT-PCR), chemistry, and physics, such as spectroscopic techniques, organic chemistry, electromagnetic theory, and thermodynamics
  • Must have strong integration analytical and troubleshooting skills to understand system interfaces and be able to quickly analyze, troubleshoot, and resolve system interoperability problems
  • Working knowledge of design of experiments, interpretation of test results, failure investigation, and root cause failure analysis
  • Excellent communication skills.  Must be able to communicate verbally in an efficient and effective manner and be proficient in written documentation and technical presentations. Must be effective at communication with all levels of employees
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including organization and prioritization of complex activities, comfort and effectiveness in providing technical direction to others, and quantitative delivery of team objectives



  • Programming experience in C/C++, Python, or other
  • Microfluidics expertise
  • Medical device and/or in vitroDiagnostic product launch experience
  • Understanding of assay product development lifecycle


DiaCarta Corporation and all DiaCarta Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law.  

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