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Software QA Engineer I

Date:  Jan 26, 2023

Santa Barbara, CA, US

Job Function:  Technical
Business Unit:  Asylum Research

We are looking for a skilled Software Quality Assurance Engineer to provide test cases and test results throughout development to ensure timely and successful delivery of software releases.  You’ll be joining a friendly and highly skilled group of technical engineers and scientists working on exciting new product development in a flexible, collaborative environment.  This is a great opportunity for an experienced Software QA Engineer to expand their testing skills and become a hands-on expert with an interesting and complex high-tech product.


The Role
•    Develop and maintain detailed, comprehensive, and well-structured test plans, including both manual and automated test cases to provide coverage of new features.  Manage the test instrumentation lab as a functional support resource for the software development team.
•    Use our instruments (atomic force microscopes and related accessories) to highlight and advise on software bugs and usability issues, including but not limited to functional, regression, user case, stress and performance testing.  Interface with the applications and development teams to reproduce, track and resolve bugs.
•    Actively engaged in all aspects of the software testing process including project timelines, new configurations, metrics and daily build status updates.  Proactively identify areas of weakness and implement continuous improvements to alleviate risk.

Successful candidates will have:
•    A proven track record of software QA/testing of instrumentation software in a high-tech product development environment. Experience with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS), or Jira strongly preferred.
•    A science/engineering degree or equivalent hands-on experience; notably, an analytical mind, the ability to troubleshoot and document errors, and strong problem-solving skills.
•    Enthusiasm, eagerness, and ability to learn quickly.  A curious, driven, methodical and detail-oriented mindset.  Proactive approach and ability to work independently on several competing priorities.
•    The ability to communicate clearly both in person and in writing and build strong professional relationships with colleagues across multiple departments and geographies.


Business Overview
Asylum Research designs, develops, and manufactures Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs), high precision imaging systems used in a wide range of applications from polymers to life science and semiconductors.  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.  We provide flexible hours and a competitive salary and benefits program including medical, dental, vision and 401k.  

To apply for this outstanding opportunity, please attach your resume and cover letter along with pay expectations.



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.

Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments Company is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. EOE/M/F/D/V


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Nearest Major Market: Santa Barbara
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