Principal / Senior Systems Development Engineer

Picarro   •  

Santa Clara, CA

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


8 - 10 years

Posted 275 days ago

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Picarro is the world's leading provider of stable isotope and gas concentration measurement systems for science and industry. The company's products are designed and manufactured at Picarro's Santa Clara, CA headquarters.  We are seeking an experienced Principle or Senior Systems Development Engineer as a technical lead to develop next generation laser-based analytical instrumentation.  Strong project management skills are a plus.



Create product designs that fulfill Picarro’s strategic goals while integrating the needs of marketing, sales and manufacturing departments.  Design products for industry standard performance, reliability, manufacturability, scalability and serviceability.

Technically lead other system engineers, optical designers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, software engineers, and process / manufacturing engineers to deliver next generation laser-based analytical instrumentation.

Create and test new product designs and formulate manufacturing specifications.

Design, develop, and test processes for producing prototypes and long-term production of products.

Lead the development and maintenance of product specifications, requirements documents, hazards analysis documents, usability and verification and validation (V&V) documentation, and other technical documentation.

Create and review process, design, and fixture documentation including work guidelines, specifications, and CAD models / drawings.

Lead Risk Management activities (including Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Operator Misuse Analysis (OMA), and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)) to ensure that design and process shortcomings are identified and appropriately addressed.

Work with subsystem teams, domain subject matter experts, and suppliers in the identification, logging, assessment, and resolution of integration and test issues.

Develop and execute strategic plans to optimize cost, performance, reliability, capacity, lead-time, delivery and time to market for new products without compromising quality and compliance to regulatory requirements.

Education / Experience Required:

MS+ in in engineering, physical science or equivalent.

7+ years experience working as a Product Development Engineer or Systems Engineer (or equivalent) on product design, development, and/or testing. 

Experience with analytical instrumentation or medical device products is preferred. 

Experience with products for demanding industrial markets is strongly preferred.


Strong understanding of system design, electronics, mechanical and software integration.

Experience with industrial product development highly desirable.

Manufacturing experience desirable, particularly with scaling / testing / reliability in small to medium volume production.

Experience with quantitative laser spectroscopy and advanced data analysis and modeling strongly preferred.

Technical understanding of and experience with best-practice product development methodologies, including DfX (Design for Manufacturing, Design for Reliability, Design for Serviceability, etc.) and design of experiments.

Experience with product design and development processes that conform to ISO and IEC standards.

Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to a diverse range of audiences (peers, staff, management, customers, etc.) and skill levels (novice to expert).

Strong project management skills across large and diverse teams.  Familiarity with Agile, Scrum, or Kanban methodologies is a plus.