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Principal Software Engineer

Woodbridge, Canada

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) Woodbridge, Canada Status Regular Job ID JR-026376

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.

The Software Engineer will provide software design and development skills in innovating and developing new generation PerkinElmer Chromatography Data System.The role will include close collaborations with geographically dispersed software teams within PerkinElmer organization.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide skills and be responsible for design and development of Data Acquisition Subsystem of Chromatography Data System Software.
  • Map requirements to specs that lead to design and architecting a software solution(s).
  • Design modules according to established layered architecture.
  • Understand boundaries, interfaces and roles and responsibilities for major subsystems and modules of the application.
  • Be able to quickly ramp up knowledge about analytical chromatography instrumentation and workflows (LC, MS, GC).
  • Provide skills dealing with distributed client/server architectures, be familiar with different types of inter-process communication mechanisms.
  • Work closely with solution architects and other developers on solution design.
  • Developing, documenting, and communicating design/architecture.
  • Be a team player and put team objectives above personal ambitions.
  • Identifying and mitigating technical risks.
  • Be part of distributed Agile team.
  • Develop automated tests as a part of software deliverables.
  • Be able to quickly and efficiently switch if required between different application layers: UI, core logic, devices, data persistence etc.


Degree in Computer Science, electrical/computer engineering or equivalent.


Hands-on experience with developing, deploying and maintenance of complex applications is required.

  • Experience in developing applications using SDLC process and agile / SCRUM methodology.
  • Proven track record of designing, developing scalable web applications on top of large, distributed systems
  • Experience in developing modern cloud and on prem data systems
  • Hands on experience with IoT solutions and systems is a plus
  • Experience developing software in a similar domain is a big plus.


In depth knowledge of tools and technologies used for modern data backend systems like

  • Go, TypeScript, C#, Node JS
  • Kubernetes, Nomad, Kafka, RabitMQ, Nats
  • Microservice design patterns
  • Web technologies (HTTP, JSON,APIs, Rest, HTML, GraphQL)
  • Database systems SQL and No SQL (PostgreSQL, MongoDB)
  • Cloud computing services (AWS, Azure)
  • Ability to work with distributed cross-functional teams - excellent group interaction and negotiating skills.
  • Customer focus, value driven – passionate about working to develop applications to address customer needs.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks with different priorities.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

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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