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BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) Senior Systems Engineer in San Diego, California

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BD Diagnostic Systems



POSITION TITLE : Senior Systems Engineer

DEPARTMENT : 10148014 – System Integration

Systems engineers are responsible for ensuring comprehensive integration of electromechanical instruments with biochemical assays for automated in vitro diagnostic tests

The statements below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by associates assigned to this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of associates so classified.


Systems engineers are responsible for ensuring comprehensive integration of electromechanical instruments with biochemical assays for automated in vitro diagnostic tests. The position will collaborate closely with peers in mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, assay development, technical service, and as necessary, external OEM organizations to understand, document and deliver solutions for customers. The scope of the role on the product development team encompasses assay, consumable development, embedded software and instrumentation, and will likely involve new manufacturing processes.

The role is part of a fast-paced product-development program, developing the next generation of point of care diagnostic products for BD. Engineers are characterized by their disciplined, quantitative approach to system and technology integration as well as diverse cross-functional backgrounds and experience. These individuals deploy tools and processes such as Design for Six Sigma and BD’s Global Product Development System to help enable predictable product development and high quality/value products. In addition to technical expertise, system integrators bring strong leadership and team building skills.

The successful candidate is responsible for technology integration of projects and systems that have both life science/chemistry and instrumentation/engineering components. These individuals are members of a team that ensures adequate system level performance for instrumented diagnostic systems through close collaboration with other functional groups. They have a broad knowledge base that includes life sciences and instrumentation and apply this knowledge to address issues from technology development to concept development to product commercialization and launch.


  • Provides technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems. Solutions are imaginative, thorough, practicable, and consistent with objectives. Exercises latitude in determining technical objectives of the assignment methods and in selecting techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining resolution.

  • Contributes to the completion of specific programs and projects, including product conceptualization and develops work plans to reduce concept to design. Failure to obtain results or erroneous decisions would result in serious program delays.

  • Contributes to management of product requirements and high-level design specifications under the general direction of a supervising System Engineer.

  • Assumes a technical contributor role and works closely with other functional groups, especially assay development and engineering. May provide guidance and work direction to lower project level developers.

  • Independently evaluates problems of moderate complexity and applies analytical/scientific principles to fulfill project and business objectives. Designs and performs development activity independently within defined parameters with minimal supervision.

  • Maintains frequent inter-organizational and outside customer contact. Represents the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects.

  • Ability to perform various analyses of automated systems including timing studies, control systems, queue modeling, and critical parameter identification and management.

  • Collects, records, reports, interprets and analyzes data, presents results to cross functional colleagues and leaders.

  • Responsible for employing DFSS (Design for Six Sigma) and Technology Development best practices to manage technical risk and impart product robustness and reliability.

  • Contributes to system verification and validation activities.

  • Contributes to the transition from R&D to manufacturing and to system troubleshooting activities for products in the field.


  • A B.S. in Chemical, Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering or closely related discipline. MS or PhD preferred.

  • Experience in the development of Lab or Industrial Automation equipment and instrumentation preferred.

  • Must have a m inimum of five years relevant experience or a combination of education and experience.

  • Two years’ experience with in vitro diagnostic development and troubleshooting desired.


  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

  • Demonstrated capability as member of a project team.

  • Demonstrated capability with requirement management, data acquisition, analysis and statistical methods.

  • Familiarity with diagnostic instrumentation such as liquid handlers, EIA analyzers, blood chemistry analyzers and incubation systems is preferred

  • Experience with requirement and specification management for FDA regulated products

  • Design for Six Sigma and proficiency with basic statistical techniques including familiarity with analysis of variance (ANOVA) and design of experiment (DOE) methodologies is desirable


Primary Work LocationUSA CA - San Diego (Diagnostic Sys.)

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