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Senior Electronic Design Engineer - 6 Month Contract

Seer Green, United Kingdom

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

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Location(s) Seer Green, United Kingdom Status Agency Temp (EMEA Only) (Fixed Term) Job ID JR-026788

The R&D group in Seer Green is seeking a Contract Electronics Design Engineer. The team consists of 20 people who are focused on the development of scientific instrumentation. We are seeking a contract electronic design engineer to assist in the design and commissioning of upgraded circuitry for a thermal instrument. The project will involve evaluating current schematics and implementing improvements to them within a project framework.

We wish to employ a highly qualified person at a senior level with an electronics background and at least 5 years of relevant experience preferably in design and development of scientific instrumentation with a focus on low noise analogue design. Knowledge of control theory, FPGA technology and firmware development in C is desirable.  This will be a fixed term contract of 6 months.

The successful candidate will apply electronics and engineering knowledge and experience in combination with good design and problem-solving ability to assist in the development of products that meet performance and cost targets. They will operate within a multidisciplinary project team.

Job Requirements:


  • To work with other members of the product sustaining team to implement and test the upgraded thermal control circuitry.
  • A proven background in low noise analogue design.
  • A proven background in FPGA development, specifically Xilinx using Vivado toolchain.
  • Implementing firmware or VHDL that may be required to support the design
  • Conducting technical reviews and reacting to input from other members of the project team.
  • Procuring parts and managing suppliers for the assembly of prototype boards.
  • Development of manufacturing assembly and test processes including the design and build of test fixtures.
  • Production and validation of manufacturing documentation
  • Working with manufacturing to provide guidance, training and troubleshooting support during pilot batch manufacture
  • Writing and presenting technical project reports including design documentation and performance validation reviews


  • Minimum of good Honours Degree in Electronics

Required Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years practical experience in design and development of new products.
  • Experience in analogue circuit design, layout and optimization, specifically for low signal amplification and high-performance closed loop control systems
  • Knowledge of digital signal processing, including an excellent understanding and application of sampling theory, noise reduction, filtering and digital signal conditioning
  • A proven background in FPGA development, specifically Xilinx using Vivado toolchain.
  • Firmware development experience in C.
  • Experience of EMC / compliance testing
  • Experience of product development within a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Previous involvement in most aspects of the development life cycle, from initial analysis and design, to implementation, testing, documentation and transition to manufacture
  • Experience in reviewing designs and defining technical approach
  • Experience using Altium Designer and/or OrCad for schematic capture.
  • Experience using circuit simulation tools such as LTSpice.

Preferred Experience

  • Physics knowledge and application of thermal control and management, magnetic & electric fields, and semi-conductors
  • Familiarity with product design methodologies such as a life cycle model or stage-gate process

General Competencies

  • Communication - both written and verbal. 
  • Flexibility – willing to turn to what the project and team requires
  • Autonomous and with a bias for Action
  • Engaged & Team Oriented – a desire to work within a multi-disciplinary team towards project goal

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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