R&D Leak Detection System Engineer

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ABB-LGR is a world leader in the development and manufacture of laser-based instrumentation for measurement of trace gases, isotopes, greenhouse gases, pollutants, and industrial process streams. Our customers use our instruments for diverse applications including gas leak detection, industrial process monitoring and control, environmental and air quality monitoring, food authentication, medical diagnostics, and homeland security. Our patented Off-Axis ICOS technique enables ruggedized and sensitive instruments, effectively bringing the laboratory to anywhere on Earth via vehicle, UAV, and backpack. The leap from benchtop to mobile measurements has led to the ability to find gas leaks over large areas reliably and within minutes, but robust algorithms and reliable measurement practices drive the next generation of Advanced Leak Detection. As part of the research and development team in San Jose, California, you will integrate state-of-the-art electronic, optical, and mechanical hardware and software to drive product innovations, and contribute to the emerging field of Advanced Leak Detection. A successful system engineer candidate will demonstrate a broad understanding of optics, mechanics, electronics, sensors, and engineering with a deeper understanding of one of these fields, be able to quickly master the system architecture of our leak detection products, and have a proven track record of innovation.

This position reports to

Research Team Manager – San Jose

Your responsibilities


  • Develop novel solutions to improve the performance and expand the application space of ABB leak detection instruments
  • Master the electronic, optical, mechanical, electrical, and software integration of our leak detection suite of products
  • Individually and collaboratively design and perform experiments needed to qualify applications of new and current products
  • Work with colleagues, suppliers, and external researchers to test and improve the individual and integrated components of our analyzers
  • Handle analytical systems, subcomponents, assembly of test systems, and perform test experiments
  • Support manufacturing engineering in maintaining and updating manufacturing instructions and reviewing components
  • Support services department in reviewing, troubleshooting, repairing, and collecting repair data
  • Synthesize and communicate findings
  • Some travel may be required
  • A valid US driver’s license


Your background


  • B.S, M.S. or Ph.D. in Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Aerospace, Systems, or related engineering work and 2 years relevant experience
  • General working knowledge of integrated engineered measurement systems (electronics, optics, optoelectronics, mechanical, software)
  • Hands-on experience performing experiments, collecting data, and working on projects in a field and/or laboratory setting
  • Proven problem-solving skills to identify and troubleshoot unforeseen problems in a systematic, scientific method without direct instruction
  • Ability to develop, implement and launch initiatives related to product changes, new products, and new applications
  • Preferred experience with motion, such as: cars, drones, aircraft, etc.
  • Preferred experience with sensor fusion, such as: autonomous driving, robots, AR/VR, etc.
  • Preferred experience with gas spectroscopy and calibration methods
  • Licensed Engineer or Systems Engineering Certificate
  • Pilot license to fly drones (FAA Part 107)
  • Familiarity with engineering software and data analysis tools
  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken)
  • Knowledge of French (written and spoken)
  • The ability to travel to Canada
  • Candidates must already have a work authorization that would permit them to work for ABB in the US



  • Retirement plan
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Healthcare plan
  • Wellbeing program

More about us

ABB’s Measurement & Analytics division is among the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of smart instrumentation and analyzers. With thousands of experts around the world and high-performance digital technology, ABB’s team is dedicated to making measurement easy for its industrial and energy customers to let them operate more efficiently and profitably. We look forward to receiving your application. If you want to discover more about ABB, take another look at our website www.abb.com. Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action at ABB ABB is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action Employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, creed, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, citizen status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, family medical leave status, or protected veterans status. For more information regarding your (EEO) rights as an applicant, please visit the following websites: https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/2022-10/EEOC_KnowYourRights_screen_reader_10_20.pdf https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/OFCCP/pdf/pay-transp_%20English_formattedESQA508c.pdf As an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, applicants may request to review the Affirmative Action Plan of a particular ABB facility between the hours of 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. EST Monday through Friday by contacting an ABB HR Representative at 1-888-694-7762. Protected veterans and qualified individuals with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access ABB’s career site as a result of your disability. You may request reasonable accommodations by calling an ABB HR Representative at 1-888-694-7762 or by sending an email to US-AskHR@abb.com. Resumes and applications will not be accepted in this manner. #LI-Hybrid

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