Senior Staff Electrical Engineer



The Sr. Staff Electrical Engineer leads the electrical design, analysis, prototyping, test, documentation, and release for our market leading Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs). Responsibilities include the full range of product development from concept through commercialization of advanced analog and mixed-signal electronic designs for precision imaging and metrology instruments. This position requires strong initiative, effective cross-functional teamwork, a hands-on approach, and deep technical expertise. Preferred candidates will be self-starters with the ability to set goals and achieve them with minimal supervision and have a high level for attention to detail.

This position is based in Santa Barbara, CA, but remote employment with some travel to Santa Barbara will be considered.



  • Lead the evolution of AFM system control and data acquisition electronics.
  • Define overall electronics requirements, architecture, interfaces, and theory of operation.
  • Convert high-level system requirements into subsystem specifications.
  • Evaluate alternative design approaches by performing analysis, modeling, and trade studies.
  • Perform electronics design, analysis, prototyping, and system integration.
  • Select electronic components based on function, availability, reliability, and cost.
  • Work with functional teams to achieve reliable, manufacturable, serviceable, and testable designs.
  • Develop test plans and methodologies to objectively verify performance against requirements.
  • Design test fixtures to ensure compliance to product and manufacturing specifications.
  • Create product documentation, including BOM’s, fabrication files, and assembly drawings.
  • Conduct product and regulatory compliance testing.
  • Provide technical troubleshooting and failure analysis for new and existing product lines.
  • Document project decisions and provide appropriate cross-functional team communication.
  • Serve as technical interface with 3rd party development partners and vendors to ensure quality.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience with electronic design for scientific instrumentation, metrology equipment, or similar products involving high-performance control and data acquisition desired.
  • Experience in design, integration, and verification of high-performance analog and digital design.
  • Experience in FPGAs/microprocessor programming for high-performance applications.
  • Experience in system controls (e.g., motion, feedback), data acquisition, and analysis.
  • Experience with power supplies (switching and linear) and high voltage designs desired.
  • Experience in troubleshooting and debugging electronic circuits to the component level.
  • Experience in printed circuit board design, analysis, assembly, and test.
  • Experience with OrCAD/Cadence Allegro, Altera/Quartus, and PSpice or similar.
  • Experience with standards such as IPC, ISO and CE (EMC & Safety) desired.
  • Ability to make decisions, and effectively lead tasks and meet challenging deadlines.
  • Ability to build strong relationships and effectively partner with others.
  • Ability to multi-task in a rapid paced environment.
  • Ability to supervise and mentor others as needed.
  • Strong work ethic, team oriented, curious, creative, and committed to quality.
  • Strong communication abilities, both verbally and written.
  • Strong computer skills in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Some travel to vendor and other international Bruker sites may be required (<5%).


Work Environment 

  • Typical office and laboratory work environment.
  • Occasional work may be required in Class 1000 clean room with full gowning protocol.

Physical & Environmental Requirements

  • Normal visual acuity and hearing.
  • The ability to lift and move equipment up to 30 pounds.


  • Preferred candidates should have a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in electrical engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, or related field. Candidates with less experience but relevant skills will be considered.
  • Above all, we are looking for the right individual to work in a positive, flexible, and fast-paced technical work environment.
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