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Senior Hardware Test & Validation Engineer



Other Engineering
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2024

At CytoTronics, we are transforming cell biology discovery with our high-throughput, semiconductor-based platforms. Our Pixel systems provide live cell insights with single-cell resolution across all cell types. By seamlessly integrating semiconductors with conventional microplates, Pixel unlocks multi-modal electrical, electrochemical, and electrophysiological capabilities, delivering an unprecedented scope of data collection and scale-up for cell biology research, drug development, and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

As the Senior Hardware Validation & Test Engineer at CytoTronics you should have hands-on design experience in complex PCBs and tooling used for validation and test of custom PCB assemblies. This role also requires experiences with semiconductor testing for custom Mixed Signal ASICs, including specifying test hardware, and defining test methodology based on ASIC specifications.

This is a phenomenal opportunity for an experienced test engineer seeking to cross into the rapidly growing biotechnology sector and enjoy the fast-moving pace of start-up environment.

This is an on-site role at our Boston office, requiring in-person attendance multiple days a week.


· Troubleshoot circuit issues in existing designs and issues from manufacturing processes.

· Define and implement manufacturing and test processes for PCBA sub-systems.

· Design, verify and characterize PCBs and fixtures for the PCBA tester systems and report the results in a presentable manner.

· Troubleshoot tester hardware and software issues to resolve, analyze, and improve prototype and production yields.

· Implement and optimize test setups and processes at Contract Manufacturing sites including identification, specification, design and qualification of test fixtures, test equipment and diagnostic software.

· Specify, procure, and maintain Electrical Test laboratory equipment.


· BS degree with 7+ years, MS degree with 5+ years of industry experience in hardware development and test.

· Proven track record of system and subsystem electrical test for complex electronic assemblies.

· Experience with PCB design tools: schematic, layout, simulation – Altium, KiCad or similar.

· Experience with analyzing and debugging PCB assemblies on the bench including signal integrity and power integrity analysis.

· Experience designing and building test fixtures and complex test systems.

· Demonstrated hands-on practical knowledge in a test development environment.

· Experience with using Electrical Test and Measurement instrumentation: oscilloscopes, signal generators, spectrum analyzers, precision voltage and current sources, filters, etc.

· Experience with running and maintaining an Electrical Test Laboratory.

Additional desirable skills

· Experience with Quality Control Systems and documentation is a plus.

· Familiarity with industry standard system quality standards, CE, UL, ISO, FCC and others is a plus.

· Experience with industry standard system USB debug interfaces like FTDI or similar is a plus.

· Proficiency with Python, C/C++, MATLAB, VBA, etc. is a plus.

· Experience releasing a product to overseas manufacturing (travel is possible)

The people that we seek have:

· An openness to other ideas, approaches, and methods

· Failures that exposed learning moments and insights to build upon

· Ability to communicate as part of a broader vessel – not an isolationist.

· The end goal in mind – we are building a business not just a technology.

· A passion to build a venture, not just show up for a job or task.

CytoTronics is an equal employment opportunity employer in the United States.