Staff Electrical Engineer at Pattern Bioscience | Powderkeg

Location: Austin, TX

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Hardware Engineering

At Pattern Bioscience, we’re tackling antibiotic resistance, one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. Our technology rapidly identifies bacterial infections and predicts the most effective antibiotics to treat the infection. We’re building direct-from-specimen phenotypic rapid ID/AST assays using live cells on our proprietary instrument and consumable platform.

We are looking for a teammate, a problem solver, someone who is persistent, passionate, and loves to see projects to completion. As the Staff Electrical Engineer, you will join our Instrument team and bring your deep experience in electrical engineering to support and lead efforts as we transition our diagnostic device from development to production. You will lead electrical design from definition through validation and work with other subject matter experts to bring a first of its kind medical diagnostic device to market.

In addition to your technical contributions, as a senior member of the team, you will provide mentorship and project leadership on a complex development project, from conception to design transfer. This includes providing leadership in the effort to transition our medical diagnostic instrument from development to production and through clinical trials

This position offers you the opportunity to ** join a mission-driven, entrepreneurial company that values openness and collaboration, where you can have ownership and make an impact on lifesaving technology, innovation, and your fellow teammates.**

How You Will Contribute

  • Lead electrical development activities including system architecture development, detailed design and analysis, hardware design reviews, FMEAs, circuit board bring up, verification testing, system integration, and user requirement validation
  • Lead design verification activities for electrical systems including development of fixtures, creation of procedures and methods, and implementation of test plans
  • Manage multiple technical projects including reporting, risk assessment, and presentation to company leadership
  • Perform failure mode analysis, root cause diagnosis, and system level problem solving
  • Collaborate with principal technologists and other project leads to resolve technical problems within and beyond the instrument team.
  • Support system integration readiness for clinical trials (instrument, software, consumables, and assay) including verification and validation studies
  • Support transfer of instrument to contract manufacturing and develop test fixtures to aid PCBA fabrication and box build assemblies
  • Lead the adoption of best practices and methods to improve engineering processes
  • Mentor and provide strong technical leadership to team members

We'd Love to Hear From You if You

  • Develop and deliver creative solutions to difficult electrical engineering problems (We are looking for a bias for action)
  • Provide strong data analysis and communicate insights and results in a way that drives actions and clarity to others outside of your discipline
  • Are self-directed and independent with the ability to perform with minimal direct supervision -- including establishing goals, plan tasks, communicate constraints and resolve conflicts
  • Pay close attention to the details, generating accurate, precise, and thorough outputs
  • Enjoy collaborating across teams and disciplines
  • Embody our values

Desired Education & Experience

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering with > 10 years of industry experience working on teams with multiple engineering disciplines
  • Extensive experience in PCB design, manufacturing, test, and integration. Experience applying DFT, DFM, and DFA methodologies
  • Experience launching products with complex electrical subsystems
  • Proficiency with schematic capture tools such as Altium
  • Proficiency in Python and/or other scripting languages
  • Experience with agency certification requirements and medical device safety compliance (UL, IEC, FDA)
  • Experience mentoring more junior engineers

Join us! We're excited for what you can bring to our team. Here are a few things we provide to make sure you have a great experience. Learn more about our team by visiting our website.


  • Health insurance

  • 401k Matching

  • Paid Time Off

  • The opportunity to make a global impact

To fulfill our mission and build world-changing technology, we’ve put together a diverse, multi-disciplinary top-notch team, a culture of innovation, learning, adaptability, and excellence and environment where people love coming to work.

We value diversity on our teams. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, neurodiversity, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, hair texture or protective hairstyle, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Staff Electrical Engineer
  • Company
    Pattern Bioscience
  • Location
    Austin, TX
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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