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Systems Design Engineer II

Department: Engineering

Systems Design Engineer Il – Engineering


The mission of the Allen Institute is to unlock the complexities of bioscience and advance our knowledge to improve human health. Using an open science, multi-scale, team-oriented approach, the Allen Institute focuses on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a broad, transformational impact on science.

The mission of the Allen Institute for Brain Science is to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Using a big science approach, we generate useful public resources, drive technological and analytical advances, and discover fundamental brain properties through integration of experiments, modeling and theory.

The Allen Institute believes that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences and backgrounds. High-quality science can only be produced when it includes different perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this role.

**Please provide a cover letter to be considered for this opportunity**

Essential Functions

  • Develop hardware and software systems to deliver complex scientific instrumentation for neuroscience research
  • Maintain, update, and troubleshoot complex scientific instrumentation
  • System builds integration, testing, and debugging (hands-on product development).
  • Work closely with the engineering team and customers (scientists) to create project specification documents and ensure designs meet stated requirements. This may include presentations within the technical teams
  • Specify, evaluate, and select electrical, optical, fluidic, data acquisition, and computer components
  • Deploy, configure, test, and troubleshoot off-the-shelf and custom software
  • Create wiring schematics and fluids circuit diagrams
  • Create and maintain bills of material for assemblies and subassemblies
  • Create and execute test plans at system and sub-system levels
  • Other duties as assigned

Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Physics, Applied Physics, or Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, or Systems); or equivalent combination of degree and experience
  • Minimum of one year as an engineer working with complex instrumentation
  • Experience with hardware/software systems integration and troubleshooting
  • Experience writing technical proposals, creating flow charts, etc. to explain technical subject matter topics clearly to non-technical readers.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Two to four years of work experience as an engineer working with complex instrumentation
  • Electronics: AC and DC circuits, basic circuit components (relays, fuses, switches, resistors, capacitors), connectors, and soldering
  • CAD software: Reading drawings, manipulating parts and assemblies, and using a version control vault
  • Optics: Lasers and cameras. Understanding of the application of lens, mirrors, filters, and common optomechanical components
  • Application of fluidics concepts for gasses and Newtonian fluids (e.g. use of regulators, valves, flow control, gauges, and fittings)
  • Analog and digital data acquisition methods and specifications of DAQ hardware
  • Windows OS troubleshooting
  • Python programming and familiarity with revision control systems (like GIT)
  • Ability to independently manage time and complete tasks on schedule
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Work Environment

  • Open office seating
  • Laboratory environment, including potential exposure to lasers, biohazards, animals
  • Machine shop and assembly areas
  • Warehouse spaces

Physical Demands

  • Occasional lifting up to 30 pounds
  • Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and other office equipment; lab equipment,
  • Push/pull up to 150 lbs (pushing a cart)
  • Stooping, bending, crouching
  • Reaching, or climbing ladders
  • Repetitive motion work in the lab

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required
  • This role is currently working onsite at our south lake union building. We continue to evaluate the safest options for our employees

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • In keeping with our focus on employee safety, all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. All employees will be required to keep their vaccination status up to date according to CDC guidance and our policy.

Additional Comments

  • **Please note, this opportunity does not sponsor work visas or provide relocation assistance**


It is the policy of the Allen Institute to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Allen Institute will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.





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