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Sensor Research Engineer

hardware research and engineering | Palo Alto, CA | Full Time

Job Description

PARC Sensor Systems and Electronics Research Engineer


About the Job

PARC’s Hardware Systems Lab seeks a research engineer to join a cross-disciplinary team developing flexible and printed sensors and systems. Applications include distributed sensing for the IoT, wearable and other biosensing systems, brain stimulation and measurement, and others. Responsibilities of the role include one or more of novel sensor development and testing, sensor interface and power electronics design, firmware development, and sensor signal processing. 

 The candidate should have a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, computer engineering or similar field with a focus on custom sensor or sensor system development. Comfort with PCB-level electronics design and sensor signal processing are required. Specific experience with biosensors, gas sensors, or neural interfaces is highly desirable. In addition to supporting ongoing efforts, PARC research staff have opportunities to work on multiple projects and develop their own research ideas. 

  Applicants must possess at least a majority of the following qualifications:

      An interest in developing novel sensor systems 

  • Experience architecting and implementing embedded sensing projects 

  • PCB-level analog and digital circuit design

  • Sensor signal processing 

  • Experience developing micropython and/or C/C++ embedded code

  • Low power electronics and communication protocols (e.g., BLE)

  • The ability to work independently

 In addition, experience with any of the following experience is highly desired:


  • Neural interfaces

  • Wearable electronics

  • Power electronics design

  • EM simulations



We offer a very competitive salary package and full benefits (medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, 401K. PARC also strives for the best possible work-life balance, so employees benefit from maternity, paternity and adoption leave, as well as a variety of flexible working options. PARC employees enjoy the use of onsite health & fitness center and collegial dining at our onsite cafeteria.  The PARC campus is in a spacious modern building in close proximity to the resources and opportunities of Silicon Valley and benefits from nearby leading universities such as Stanford and Berkeley. It is also close to many amenities, top schools, and outdoor activities (see PARC provides a highly diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (see

About PARC

PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs®. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients.

Since its inception, PARC has pioneered many technology platforms – from the Ethernet and laser printing to the GUI and ubiquitous computing – and has enabled the creation of many industries. Incorporated as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, PARC today continues the research that enables breakthroughs for our clients' businesses.

PARC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or  belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.  People with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to apply or compete for employment with PARC should contact PARC Human Resources.