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Senior Instrumentation Scientist

Company: Bruker Corporation
Location: Minneapolis
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


As one of the world's leading analytical instrumentation companies, Bruker covers a broad spectrum of advanced solutions in all fields of research and development. All our systems and instruments are designed to improve safety of products, accelerate time-to-market and support industries in successfully enhancing quality of life. We've been driving innovation in analytical instrumentation for 50 years now. Today, worldwide more than 6,000 employees are working on this permanent challenge, at over 70 locations on all continents.

  • The Sr Instrumentation Scientist will design and develop state-of-the-art nano/micro mechanical test instrumentation. This is a hands-on position requiring the ability to visualize and build complex instrumentation with attention to detail, excellent planning skills, and the ability to lead product development from concept phase through commercialization.


  • Conduct and complete system level designs, integration and testing of nano/micro mechanical testing platforms.
  • Solve unique and complex problems with broad impact on the business; requires conceptual and innovative thinking to develop solutions.
  • Perform both empirical and theoretical analysis; interpret experimental data to formulate conclusions.
  • Pursue creation of intellectual property.
  • Develop test criteria, design and build test fixtures, and execute test plans.
  • Perform construction and test prototypes, and/or supervise technicians doing this work.
  • Develop and conduct experiments utilizing scientific methods and DOE principles.
  • Conduct root cause failure analysis to improve instrument performance and reliability.
  • Use analytical and troubleshooting skills to address instrumentation systems issues.
  • Develop project schedules, track and communicate project statuses, and provide leadership and ownership of project deliverables.
  • Provide clear organized documentation of design, development, and testing.
  • Lead and participate in design reviews.
  • Build relationships with technical staff across diverse Bruker business units.
  • Support or lead cross-functional teams, working with other groups to resolve issues.
  • Interact with external business unit collaborators to manage ongoing research and development activities.



  • Experience with test instrumentation research and design (mechanical or metrological instrumentation experience preferred).
  • Experience with instrumentation design and integration including mechanical and electrical systems, fluid handling, thermal systems, and materials specification.
  • Strong understanding of precision machine design, mechanical engineering principles, materials, and mechanics.
  • Strong experience with MATLAB, C/C++, Python, LabVIEW or other instrumentation control and computational data analysis tools.
  • Proficient user of 2D and 3D drawing packages (SolidWorks preferred).
  • Experience with simulation/modeling tools (FEA) to perform engineering analysis, including mechanical (stress/strain, shock, vibration, etc.), and thermal.
  • Proficiency with advanced test equipment and instrumentation (e.g. digital oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, lock-in amplifiers, etc.).
  • Solid knowledge of industrial control systems, sensors, automation, instrumentation, motion control, motor selection and encoders.
  • Demonstrated capability to troubleshoot, develop or improve mechanical and electromechanical systems using analytical and statistical methods.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • Basic knowledge of electronics and software development is desirable.
  • Knowledge and proficient understanding of electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy and nano/micromechanical testing.


  • 5 years of experience in advanced instrumentation research and development.
  • Advance degree: a PhD is desired, a Masters or Bachelor's degree with appropriate experience will be considered.
  • Qualified candidates should have a minimum of 5 years of relevant instrumentation design experience with a Bachelor's degree; or 3 years and a Master's degree or PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Physics, Chemistry, or equivalent.


Keywords: Bruker Corporation, Minneapolis , Senior Instrumentation Scientist, Other , Minneapolis, Minnesota

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