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Posted 10 months ago on Oct. 10, 2019

Principal Electrical Engineer, Embedded Systems

Full-time in Carlsbad, CA
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Philips is a hospital & health care company headquartered in the Cambridge, MA area with 10000+ employees. Philips has a 3.3-star InHerSight Score, based on 1,197 ratings from 83 employees. 23 employees have left comments about their experience working for the company on InHerSight.

Job Title

Principal Electrical Engineer, Embedded Systems

Job Description

In this role, you have the opportunity to

Be a part of Philips Sleep & Respiratory Care (S&RC) Gas Sensing Technology group as a Principal Electrical Engineer focused on gas sensing, capnography & related accessory products.  As the principal embedded electronics design engineer, you will be responsible for the electrical design of various gas sensing products, next generation and on-market.

You will utilize the following knowledge and expertise to create market-leading products:  sensing techniques, high-precision data acquisition, time and frequency domain signal processing and analysis, high-speed digital design, understanding of gas sensing devices, host system implementations, medical device design and development, and regulatory landscape.

The position within the Gas Sensing Technology R&D group collaborates closely with other R&D functions (optics, mechanical, software, systems), Marketing, Clinical Affairs, and Quality & Regulatory.  

You are responsible for

Essential Functions:

  • Lead project teams in NPI, failure investigations, sustaining engineering, etc.
  • Communicate ideas and issues effectively to other team members and management.
  • Create and document electrical designs (e.g. schematics, drawings, test results, data analyses, PCB design etc.).
  • Build prototypes for feasibility, functionality, and performance assessments.
  • Prepare design documents, requirements documents, architecture documents, technical reports, presentations, as required.
  • Contribute to dFMEA, DFT, DFM, risk management, verification & validation plans and reports, etc.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams regarding standards compliance and global regulatory requirements (e.g. IEC 60601-1, IEC 60601-1-2, ISO 14971, FDA cGMP, QSR, ISO 13485, EU MDR).
  • Assists engineering team in problem solving issues.
  • Mentor less experienced engineers.
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned, as required, by management.


  • Technical expertise:
    • Design:  uP, uC, DSP, FPGA, VHDL/Verilog, SRAM, Flash, xDRAM, high-resolution ADC, DAC, power.
    • Design:  communication protocols – USB, SPI, I2C, RS232, Ethernet, WiFi, BT, etc.
    • Design:  sampled-data systems, time and frequency domain signal conditioning, processing and analysis.
    • Design:  high reliability, high-speed, low-power, high-density, DFT, DFM, thermal, EMC, ESD.
    • Analysis & simulation:  analog, mixed-signal, high-speed digital, power, thermal, EMC, ESD.
    • PCB / PCBA design:  high-speed, controlled-impedance, signal integrity, power integrity, EMC, ESD.
    • PCB / PCBA design:  flex, rigid-flex, and rigid boards.
    • Reliability:  de-rating analysis, Six Sigma (DFSS), failure analysis, physics-of-failure.
    • Regulations:  IEC 60601-1, IEC 60601-1-2, ISO 14971, FDA cGMP, QSR, ISO 13485, EU MDR, etc.
    • Solid Electrical Engineering fundamentals and problem solving skills in hardware up through system-level.

  • Documentation:
    • Schematics, PCB / PCBA spec., architecture documents, requirements documents, technical reports.
    • Characterization procedures, test procedures, and test fixtures.
    • Verification & validation plans, protocols, and reports.
    • Project plans, project schedules, risk / benefit / cost analysis.

  • Process:
    • Design control, quality system, risk management, dFMEA, PDP, CAPA.
    • Electrical design process from concept to architecture to volume production.
    • Prototype bring-up and debug, bug tracking, functional verification, signal characterization.
    • System development process – concept, schematics, PCBA, board / system bring up and debug.

  • Work habits:
    • Strong communication and presentation skills.
    • Communicate ideas and issues effectively to other team members and management.
    • Lead project teams in NPI, failure investigations, sustaining engineering, etc.
    • Strong multidisciplinary collaboration experience – EE, ME, FW, SW, QA, RA, Marketing, Clinical, etc.
    • Work closely with cross-functional teams in NPI and sustaining projects.
    • Experience with team collaboration and project management tools.
    • Work in a matrixed environment to meet company objectives.
    • Actively learn to become the domain expert on our gas sensing devices.

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience

•  Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Electrical or Electronics Engineering.

•  8 years minimum experience in medical device (capital equipment) or related fields (regulated industry preferred).

•  Technical lead on electrical engineering programs.

•  Extensive experience in schematic capture (OrCAD preferred).

•  Experience working with PCB design engineers on flex, rigid-flex, and rigid boards (PADS preferred).

•  Strong working knowledge of hardware (electrical, optical, mechanical) and software / firmware.

•  Expertise in designing to comply with EMC and ESD requirements.

•  High reliability designs, DFT, DFM, (medical devices preferred).

•  High-speed, low-power, high-density designs, (medical devices preferred).

•  FPGA design with VHDL/Verilog scripting language and simulation tools a plus.

•  Design verification test development, execution, report generation.

•  In-depth knowledge of product development process and design control from concept to volume production.

•  In-depth knowledge of quality assurance techniques, practices, ISO and Regulatory (FDA) compliance.

•  In-depth knowledge of medical device regulations and standards (e.g. IEC 60601-1, EU-MDR, FDA cGMP).

•  Understanding of capnography or gas sensing products, applications, and technologies.

•  Six Sigma (DFSS) Green Belt certification with actual project experience a plus.

•  Solid OEM / ODM / CM experience.

In return, we offer you: 
At Philips, we are driven by our mission to improve the lives of 3 billion people per year by 2025, and every day we move closer to achieving our goal by creating cutting-edge solutions that lead to confident diagnosis, improved care, and increased quality of life for patients. Named one of the Top 50 Happiest Companies in America in 2013, we enable our employees to create a legacy in life through their work and support their development through people-centric learning, total rewards, and personalized development planning programs.

Why should you join Philips?

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on improving 3 billion lives a year by delivering innovative solutions across the health continuum. Our people experience a variety of unexpected moments when their lives and careers come together in meaningful ways.

To find out more about what it’s like working for Philips at a personal level, visit the Working at Philips page on our career website, where you can read stories from our employee blog. Once there, you can also learn about our recruitment process, or find answers to some of the frequently asked questions.

It is the policy of Philips to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all colleagues and applicants for employment without to age, color, citizenship, disability or perceived disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or domestic partner status, military or veteran status, national origin, pregnancy/childbirth, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by federal, state and/or local laws.  Philips is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer Disability/Veteran.

As an equal opportunity employer, Philips is committed to a diverse workforce. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process may contact 888-367-7223, option 5, for assistance.


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