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Principal Electrical Engineer, Diagnostics R&D


Last Updated: 6/10/21

Job Description

Principal Electrical Engineer, Diagnostics R&D
Union City (California)


The Principal Electrical Engineer (Pr. EE) will work as a member of the research and development team in the design, development, testing and integration of electro-mechanical, thermal and optical sub-systems into new, innovative diagnostic products. The Pr. EE will apply best practice development strategy and advanced technical concepts to solve complex problems, distilling them down to effective product offerings which strike the balance of functionality and usability. The Pr. EE will be guided by a thorough stage gate development process and be expected to resolve complex technical challenges that arise during product development. The Pr. EE will work with a global team within the Veterinary Medicine Research and Development (VMRD) organization, in close collaboration with cross functional teams, including Product Engineers, Quality Representatives, Manufacturing, Purchasing, and Suppliers, under the direction of VMRD leadership. The person in this position will often coordinate/influence the design efforts of other engineers and developers during the course of a project, although no specific supervisory responsibilities are attached to the job.

A Pr. EE owns primary design responsibility from concept to the completion of the functional prototype phase; prototypes which successfully meet product requirements. In the next phase, the Pr. EE will assist the Product Engineering team ensuring product performance is met while scaling the product for launch. This will ensure that the operations team is successful in manufacturing readiness, managing supplier readiness for supplied parts, initial install/implementation oversight in customer facilities, and product support (issue resolution) after launch.


  • Responsible for the conceptual design & development process through completion of the functional prototype phase milestone of the stage gate process. Also participates in ensuring that designs can be implemented into a producible/viable product, in a support role, starting at the final prototype phase.
  • Grow and maintain technical knowledge with advancing technology related to technology and product development of in-vitro diagnostic devices.
  • Design components, including system level FPGA solutions and Circuit level board designs. Work with Global Manufacturing Services to consider high volume assembly process in design concepts (Design for Manufacturability.)
  • Design and development of all electro-mechanical, controls, and circuits required by product requirements, while understanding the interface to electrical control systems and underlying biological process needs.
  • Develop and implement electrical and system concept design, perform sensitivity analysis, timing analysis, circuit analysis or other design analysis.
  • Assessment of system level risks, and proposing, evaluating and implementing mitigations.
  • Ensure designs meet and exceed product specifications, regulatory requirements, and international standards.
  • Proficient in communicating complex technical situations in an understandable way.
  • Work cross functionally in a global organization, deploy engineering best practices in the context of a stage-gate development process, and navigate satisfying product technical specifications as prescribed by customer and market requirements.
  • Participate in system engineering for complex electromechanical systems to define product specifications and controls interactions of each system.
  • Coordinate problem solving of design issues.
  • Extensive interaction with suppliers in design, analysis and other technical liaison requirements.
  • As required, produce detailed drawings, BOM's and release documents for the above design activities.
  • Seek opportunities to build new product offerings across the portfolio, consistent with the Zoetis strategy to drive a continuum of care (predict, prevent, detect, and treat) in addressing unmet customer needs.


  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, MSEE preferred. Minimum of 15 years demonstrated engineering experience in a complex engineered product environment. Quality Management System understanding a must.
  • 15 years experience working with Design and Implementation teams, Operations (Manufacturing, Quality, Metrology) and suppliers from an engineering, technical perspective.
  • 10+ years of experience leading development of embedded systems Including the design of Digital, Analog and Communication circuits.
  • Expertise in FPGA and CPL designs including using Soft Core Processors, Logic synthesis using Verilog and VHDL, and simulation of the design.
  • Demonstrated experience with schematic capture and PCB layout tools for complex circuit board designs (Allegro, OrCAD, PSpice, etc. preferred).
  • Demonstrated understanding of embedded software development and able to determine which parts of the system is best suited for the Hardware, FPGA, or the Software.
  • Prior experience with the use of several serial communication systems such as SPI, I2C, CAN Bus, RS232, RS485, Ethernet and USB.
  • Prior experience with motion control designs for motorized systems (Electrical, Electronic, Sensors, Motor (DC and Brushless) Operation).
  • Prior experience with control loop systems for the control of heating and cooling circuits.
  • Demonstrated experience with drawing storage/control, EPDM, PLM, SAP, etc.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in creating engineering specifications and technical requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience in critical thinking and problem solving skills, planning and organizing, decision-making
  • Root cause analysis techniques and documentation.
  • Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) or Design, Reliability & Manufacturability (DRM)
  • Excellent communication skills, influencing and leading, facilitation and team work capabilities.
  • Prior experience in a regulated industry such as healthcare, laboratory diagnostics, medical devices, or pharmaceutical companies desirable.

Full time



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Company Details

Parsippany, New Jersey, United States
Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in more than 100 countries.