Senior Director of Systems Engineering

New Jersey

Brand:   Brooks Automation

REQ ID:   R7655

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At Brooks, new ideas, new technologies and new ways of thinking are driving our future. Our customer-focused culture encourages employees to embrace innovation and challenge the status quo with novel thinking and collaborative work relationships.

All we accomplish is grounded in our core values of Customer Focus, Achievement, Accountability, Teamwork, Employee Value and Integrity.

Position Description

Work with a very senior engineering team and manufacturing operation in a public fast-growing collaborative robotics and controls company, to manage teams consisting of Ph.D. level software and servo engineers, machine vision engineers, digital electronics and firmware designers, and robot mechanical engineers to specify and develop new collaborative and mobile robots with integrated machine vision.

Job includes: working with engineering and marketing on new product specifications, developing new product HW and SW architectures for multi-axis robots, developing machine vision-based applications such as auto-teaching in workcells, and navigation of mobile robots, working with servo engineers on developing adaptive control algorithms and dynamic models of robots, working with electrical engineers on developing miniature controls that are embedded inside the robots, and developing and tracking project schedules and budgets.  Also working with outside contractors for product packaging and aesthetic design.


Minimum MS or Ph.D. ME or EE with emphasis on controls.  

Minimum 15 years’ experience with servo motors and motion control systems.  Experience in program management and product development of complex systems. 

Experience with agency and safety certification of automated systems a plus.  Ability to understand digital control circuits and motor power drive circuits.  Flexible attitude and willingness to work with in-house and contract manufacturers and dive in and solve customer problems when needed.

Comfortable with CAD tools and reading schematics and understanding electronic circuits. 

Understanding of test instruments. 

Experience with ISO 9001, ISO 9002 a plus.

Ability to work independently with minimum supervision on a wide range of projects.  Good interpersonal skills and track record of good performance with small teams.  Good communication skills, both oral and written.


Fremont and Livermore California, with operations in Livermore and engineering test in Fremont.

Brooks Automation: Precise Collaborative Robot Group

Precise Automation was founded by Brian Carlisle and Dr. Bruce Shimano, who have worked together in developing robot and control systems since meeting at Stanford in 1975.  Prior to Precise they founded Adept Technology and grew it to sales of $120 million.  Precise has developed a line of “Collaborative” robots which can work together with people without injuring them if there is a collision.  Collaborative robotics is the fastest growing segment in the robot market.  Precise sells robots, controls, and machine vision worldwide.  Precise became part of Brooks Automation in 2021.  Brooks is a $1billion automation company that makes semiconductor robots and now collaborative robots with the acquisition of Precise.

EOE  M/F/Disabled/VET

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