Bruker Corporation

  • Senior Staff Systems Engineer

    Job Locations US-CA-Santa Barbara
    Posted Date 5 months ago(1/31/2019 6:12 PM)
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    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    As one of the world’s leading analytical instrumentation companies, Bruker covers a broad spectrum of advanced solutions in all fields of research and development. All our systems and instruments are designed to improve safety of products, accelerate time-to-market and support industries in successfully enhancing quality of life. We’ve been driving innovation in analytical instrumentation for 50 years now. Today, worldwide more than 6,000 employees are working on this permanent challenge, at over 70 locations on all continents.




    The Sr. Staff Systems Engineer will drive design and engineering of Bruker’s Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) product lines. They will be responsible for system architecture, modeling, integration and testing. This position will also lead the specification and design of critical electro-opto-mechanical sub-systems.  The Sr. Staff Systems Engineer will participate in and guide mechanical, electrical, optical and software engineering activities.  This individual will be involved in all aspects of the product development process from concept to commercialization, e.g. technology research, proof-of-concept, requirements & specifications, design, analysis, characterization, optimization and documentation.




    This position will work primarily on system requirements, architecture, design, development and integration with additional contributions to the detailed specification and creation of sub-assemblies. 


    Typical responsibilities include:

    • Translation of marketing requirements in product requirements.
    • Definition of system architecture, interfaces and theory of operation.
    • Lead the design, simulation, prototyping and testing of AFM products.
    • Specification and creation of critical sub-assemblies and test equipment.
    • Leadership of design reviews and oversight of technical risk management.
    • Troubleshooting, failure analysis and documentation.
    • Support of reliability testing and manufacturing transfer.




    Serve as a champion of systems engineering and DFx best practices within the organization.  Other duties as assigned.





    Typical office and laboratory environment.  Ability and willingness to work periodically in Class 1000 clean room with full gowning protocol (<10%).




    Normal visual acuity and hearing. Ability to lift up to 25lbs.




    Proven track record in the development of complex instruments from concept through successful commercialization. 


    Experience in the specification, design, and evaluation of precision positioning systems utilizing stepper motor, piezo and/or voice coil actuators with encoders and optical sensing methods.  Modeling and simulation using SolidWorks.  Experience in the characterization and testing of such precision motion systems and component parts using linear displacement interferometers and vibrometers.


    Solid understanding of analog and digital electronic design, ability to read electronic schematics and troubleshoot electronic circuits.


    Experience with optical systems design incorporating lasers, detectors, specialized imaging systems and hardware along with simulation tools such as ZEMAX.


    The preferred candidate will have experience with scanning probe microscopy and infrared or quantum cascade lasers in the context of scientific instrumentation, industrial metrology or similar products.


    Knowledge of problem-solving methodologies, statistics, industry standards and regulations strongly desired.  Ability to manage multiple projects in a dynamic, collaborative environment required.  Should be hard working, team oriented, bright, creative, driven to push the boundaries of technology!




    Candidates must have a BS degree, or higher, from an accredited program in engineering, applied physics, mechatronics or related field with at least 12yrs of relevant work experience; or 8 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD with 5 years experience; or equivalent experience.  


    Bruker Corporation offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including medical, dental, 401(k), paid vacation, holidays, and tuition assistance (as applicable).


    Bruker is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.


    Certain positions at Bruker require compliance with export control laws and as a result, all interviewed candidates for all positions will be screened pre-interview to determine their eligibility in light of export control restrictions. 


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