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MS/ PhD Research & Development / Product Development Engineer - San Jose, CA

R&D Senior Engineer / Scientist (P3)
At Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, we are at the heart of discovery, assisting the world's life sciences professionals with solutions that simplify complex processes, automate procedures and integrate workflows to accelerate breakthroughs in scientific research, medicine and industry. By listening to our customers' needs, we research and develop technology and products that fuel groundbreaking innovation. Beckman Coulter Life Sciences is a world leader in low-volume liquid handling. We use Acoustic Droplet Ejection (ADE) to provide highly accurate, fully automated, nanoliter resolution, non-contact dispensing. The ‘touchless’ ultrasound technology in the Echo® liquid handlers provides dramatically better experimental results by eliminating pipette tips and saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in consumable costs. Accuracy is maintained from first drop through last for a wide variety of fluids, including many that present substantial challenges when using conventional methods. Beckman’s Echo liquid handlers are used in all the top 20 pharmaceutical companies, as well as in leading academic and research institutions worldwide. Applications include compound management, genomics, synthetic biology, proteomics, cell transfer, next generation sequencing, and precision medicine.
Beckman Coulter Life Sciences seeks a highly motivated, exceptionally qualified candidate, with proven expertise on ultrasonic devices and systems, to join our R&D team that will develop the systems and components of next generation ADE instruments. Qualified candidates are expected to demonstrate exceptional skills and knowledge in the areas of ultrasonic systems and devices, including analog and digital, RF, and signal processing components. In particular, candidates with knowledge and hand-on experience with modeling, design, fabrication, and measurement of state-of-the-art ultrasonic transducers are preferred. Exposure to a broader range of acoustics research, including nonlinear acoustics, particle scattering, and ultrasonic actuation methods would be considered a plus.     
This position is a “STEM” future leader hire at Beckman, where the successful candidate will collaborate with multiple teams in the first 2.5 years, gaining exposure to a variety of technologies and projects, giving a foundation for a significant impact in the future of R&D at Beckman Coulter Life Sciences.  
Required Skills and Attributes 

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or Physics 
  • Expertise on ultrasonic systems, including analog and digital, RF, and signal processing components      
  • Experience in modeling, design, fabrication, and measurement of ultrasonic devices      
  • Analytical, methodical, and detail-oriented in planning, experimentation, and analysis 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Excellent collaboration skills 

Desired Skills and Attributes 

  • Expertise in state-of-the-art ultrasonic transducers and ultrasonic focusing concepts  
  • Experience on novel piezoelectric materials and ultrasonic transducer arrays   
  • Exposure to a variety of RF, acoustic and physics modeling tools
  • Experience on novel applications of ultrasonic techniques

Company Information: Beckman Coulter Life Sciences is a Danaher Operating Company. Our Purpose: “Helping Realize Life’s Potential” is what makes us excited to come to work each day. Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years. Come join our winning team!

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