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R&D Electrical Engineer


Agilent Technologies

Job Location

5301 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95051-7201
United States

Job Description

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As an electrical engineer in Agilent’s Mass Spectrometry Division, you will join a multidisciplinary R&D team developing high-resolution mass spectrometers coupled to liquid- and gas-chromatography systems (LC/MS and GC/MS instruments) with applications ranging from food safety to biopharma research.

Your work will span the product development lifecycle, with a primary focus on designing, building, and testing circuits based on models and simulations. You’ll also work with scientists and engineers to characterize prototype hardware and ensure that the final designs meet thorough quality standards and pass regulatory compliance testing. You’ll work with the Manufacturing team to ramp up production and rapidly solve issues as they arise, and you’ll support released products with continued improvements in collaboration with Product Support and Field Service Engineers.

The ideal candidate will be adept with circuit design and simulation tools and have experience with high voltage RF & DC supplies. Knowledge of electron/ion optics including charged particle detection is preferred, and familiarity with vacuum systems is a plus. Good organizational and communication skills are critical, as is a "can-do", collaborative attitude focused on team success. You must also be capable of working independently, as well as creating, tracking, and meeting schedules and development plans.


  • Design analog, digital, and mixed signal printed circuit assemblies (PCAs) including high voltage amplifiers or power supplies.

  • Perform circuit simulations, create schematics, and lay out printed circuit boards (PCBs).

  • Work with an interdisciplinary engineering team to incorporate your designs into complete instruments, while ensuring compatibility with other modules, system control, and onboard diagnostics.

  • Perform verification testing on initial prototypes and complete systems to demonstrate instrument performance and regulatory compliance until the successful transition to manufacturing.

  • Troubleshoot and analyze technical issues in depth to understand core problems and provide sound solutions.

  • Create documentation (e.g. block diagrams, theory of operations, simulation and test results) at each phase of product development.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in electrical engineering or related field.

  • 4+ years of experience designing precision analog circuits that include high voltage amplifiers or power supplies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with circuit board simulation tools (SPICE, Hyperlynx SI/PI/Thermal, etc.).

  • Skill with schematic/layout tools, Mentor Graphics DxDesigner/Xpedition VX 2.6+ or similar.

  • Familiar with product lifecycle management systems, e.g. Mentor Graphics EDM, Siemens TeamCenter, Oracle Agile PLM.

  • Experience in design for test and manufacturing, ideally with demonstrated successful transfer to high production volume.

  • Knowledge of digital circuits to integrate control/diagnostics functions for the analog circuit blocks.

  • Experience working with electron/ion optics and high vacuum systems.