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Electrical Engineer - Asylum Research

Date:  Aug 4, 2022
Location: 

Santa Barbara, CA, US

Job Function:  Technical
Business Unit:  Asylum Research

At Oxford Instruments, we enable the world’s leading industrial companies and scientific research communities to image, analyse and manipulate materials down to the atomic and molecular level. With a sixty-year history, and fourteen Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, our world-class products and technologies are helping our customers to address the greatest challenges of the 21st century.

 

We are looking for an entry level or mid-career level Electrical Engineer to join us as a key member of our highly technical product development team.  At Oxford Instruments Asylum Research, we design and manufacture atomic force microscopes which are used in a wide range of materials science applications.  These complex instruments enable cutting edge research discoveries for our customers around the world, while simultaneously providing our team with an endless stream of unique and interesting engineering challenges to be solved.

 

If you are a curious, collaborative problem solver looking to have a big impact in a hands-on role which touches all parts of the product life cycle, this could be the perfect opportunity for your next career move.  You’ll be part of a small but robust engineering team working out of our Santa Barbara facility where we design, sell, manufacture and support a complete product suite of research instruments used in industry and academia.

 

The Entry Level Role

  • Provide electrical engineering expertise and support throughout the entire product lifecycle, from concept design and prototype builds through to volume production implementation and sustaining engineering for new and existing products.
  • Thoroughly document design requirements, calculations, power budgets, validation results, and build instructions.  Use engineering change control and product lifecycle management systems and help improve existing processes.
  • Establish productive professional relationships with outside vendors, consultants, and contractors as needed to support new and existing products.
  • Collaborate as part of a multidisciplinary team of mechanical, electrical, firmware, and software engineers, R&D scientists, and product managers to design and support complex electrical and opto-mechanical systems. 
  • Contribute as a entry level member of the engineering team under the mentoring of senior engineering staff, driving innovation to improve capabilities and reliability while minimizing cost and schedule.  Provide insight and support wherever needed, including but not limited to project management, budget estimations, and collaboration with team members.

 

The Mid-Career Role:

  • Provide electrical engineering expertise and support throughout the entire product lifecycle, from concept design and prototype builds through to volume production implementation and sustaining engineering for new and existing products.
  • Thoroughly document design requirements, calculations, power budgets, validation results, and build instructions.  Use engineering change control and product lifecycle management systems and help improve existing processes.
  • Establish productive professional relationships with outside vendors, consultants, and contractors as needed to support new and existing products.
  • Collaborate as part of a multidisciplinary team of mechanical, electrical, firmware, and software engineers, R&D scientists, and product managers to design and support complex electrical and opto-mechanical systems. 
  • Contribute as a senior member of the engineering team, driving innovation to improve capabilities and reliability while minimizing cost and schedule.  Provide insight and support wherever needed, including but not limited to project management, budget estimations, mentoring of peers and less experienced colleagues.

 

The Candidate:

Successful entry level candidates will have:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering, or equivalent degree/experience combination.
  • Course work or experience in analog circuit design, simulation (Spice modelling) and analysis.
  • Course work or experience in mixed signal and embedded system design. Familiarity with microcontrollers, FPGA, DSP, power management, firmware/device drivers, electrical signal characterization, and interfacing environmental sensors are a plus.
  • Schematic capture and PCB layout experience, preferably using Altium Designer. 
  • Familiarity with a broad range of electronic components and hardware, including analog, power, FPGAs, microcontrollers, memory, logic, signal conditioning, and communication interfaces are all a plus.
  • Lab or work experience with board bring up, use of test and measurement equipment such as (oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, signal generators, etc.).  Ability to tackle problems and reason using a first principles approach.
  • Lab or work experience with EMI/EMC compliance challenges, design for reliability, and design for manufacturability and service are a plus.
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical capabilities.  Experience with theoretical modeling and simulation at the design stage and finding root causes during troubleshooting. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex technical concepts to colleagues across a wide range of backgrounds and abilities.
  • Curiosity, passion and drive for new technology and innovation.  Keen on keeping up with literature, conferences, and technology roadmaps.  Ability to stay organized and follow/improve engineering processes.

 

Successful mid-career candidates will have: 

  • BS in Electrical Engineering, or equivalent degree/experience combination.
  • 5+ years of circuit design experience with emphasis on mixed signal and embedded system design (including ARM-based controllers, FPGA, DSP, power management, firmware/device drivers, electrical signal characterization, and interfacing environmental sensors.  Track record of designing low noise scientific instrumentation is a plus.
  • Lab or work experience with EMI/EMC compliance challenges, design for reliability, and design for manufacturability and service are a plus.
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical capabilities.  Experience with theoretical modeling and simulation at the design stage and finding root causes during troubleshooting. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex technical concepts to colleagues across a wide range of backgrounds and abilities.
  • Curiosity, passion and drive for new technology and innovation.  Keen on keeping up with literature, conferences, and technology roadmaps.  Ability to stay organized and follow/improve engineering processes.

 

Business Overview

Asylum Research designs, develops, and manufactures Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs), high precision imaging systems used in a wide range of applications from life science to semiconductors and everything in between.  We are part of a successful global technology company, Oxford Instruments plc, a leading provider of high technology tools and systems for industry and academic research. 

 

 

Oxford Instruments Perks and benefits:

  • Generous benefit packages - We offer our employees competitive health insurance options, including Medical, Dental, and Vision plans. 
  • Our 401k program has options for saving both pre- and post-tax dollars for retirement.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) Work-life balance is a key part of our company culture here at OI, and we know that our employees do their best work when they can take the time they need to rest and recharge. Employees start with 4 weeks of PTO which is accrued each pay period. 
  • Holidays - We recognize 11 holidays this year
  • In addition to all the standard PTO options, OI proudly offers a generous and progressive paid family leave policy.
  • Professional Development - OI supports you and your professional development with $5,250 available in annual tuition reimbursement after 6 months of service.

 

Oxford Instruments requires all employees to be fully vaccinated by their first day of work. The Company will consider requests for medical or religious accommodation as required by law.

 

To apply for this outstanding opportunity, please attach your resume and cover letter along with pay expectations, in a single PDF, to your application.

 

 

 

 

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