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Principal Software Engineer

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

On the R&D team, you’ll join 700 scientists, researchers, clinicians, software developers, data scientists and engineers who work in all phases of the product development lifecycle – including concept, planning, development and validation on new product launches and patents. Together, you’ll build next-generation solutions that contribute to food safety, diagnostic innovations, drug development, big data technologies and more. The future of environmental, human and life sciences is up to you.

  • Full Time
  • Minimal Travel

Success Profile

We have found that the following traits and attributes help lead to a successful future in R&D at PerkinElmer.

  • Adaptable
  • Analytical
  • Collaborative
  • Proactive
  • Problem-Solver
  • Innovative

Employee Quote

There is a deep mutual respect for each other’s skills and contributions. Whether it’s taking on a new process skill or a new software skill, we are always moving forward so you never get bored – that’s what makes it exciting even after 30 years.

Jay Ives, Sr. Manager, Spectroscopy R&D


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Location(s) Hopkinton, Massachusetts Status Regular Job ID JR-027627

Imagine a world where you could detect health issues sooner to treat them more effectively. Where food and water are always safe, even in remote corners of the earth, and where scientific and medical research are enhanced to solve the greatest challenges of our times. At PerkinElmer, we imagine this world every day. Then, we innovate and collaborate to make it happen everywhere. Our dedicated team of about 14,000 employees worldwide, pioneers scientific technologies for better detection, imaging, and informatics to help our customers work to create healthier families, improve the quality of life, and sustain the well-being and longevity of people globally.

If you are seeking a meaningful, impactful, and stimulating career, look no further. PerkinElmer is seeking a highly motivated candidate to join the Hopkinton Applied Genomics R&D team.  This role will be responsible for leading the development of the next generation software for the Applied Genomics product line. This position will require the ability to interface to a multi-disciplinary group as well as cross functions for the timely completion of projects. The successful candidate will have strong experience in architecting distributed software solutions, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills required to work in an interdisciplinary environment with an internationally distributed team. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Hands-on involvement in designing and developing software for next generation automated liquid handling platforms and microfluidics products

  • Improving quality and performance of existing software by adding new features and resolving product issues

  • Work closely with other engineering disciplines to deliver products on time and on budget ensuring implementation of most effective technical solutions to meeting to meet business requirements

  • Provide technical guidance in software design and development processes

  • Champion quality throughout the development process through risk assessment and mitigation, unit and automated testing while working closely with SQA team

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science or equivalent 

  • At least 10 years of industry experience in Software Engineering 

  • Track record of products launched successfully while executing end-to-end software development life cycle 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong proficiency with C#/C++/C programming languages in the .NET/Visual Studio development environment

  • Experience with:

    • Agile Scrum development methodologies

    • Version control (Git, TFS, etc.), bug tracking systems and procedures

    • Communication protocols, such as RS232, CAN, and TCP/IP

  • Familiarity with:

    • Medical device development (21 CFR – Part 11)

    • Firmware development (TI DSP, PIC)

    • SQL Server, Oracle, MongoDB, or NoSQL databases

    • Automated build systems and testing; commercial installers

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication and collaboration skills

  • Strong sense of ownership, passionate, detail-oriented, analytical mindset, perfection seeker

PerkinElmer is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, or veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law. PerkinElmer is committed to a culturally diverse workforce.

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