Staff Embedded Software Engineer

Engineering Hayward, California


Eikon Therapeutics is a new biopharmaceutical company employing revolutionary technology at the interface of chemistry, engineering, and biology to discover novel treatments for life-threatening diseases. Eikon’s discovery platform is built on groundbreaking innovations from its founders who pioneered the field of single-molecule live cell imaging (Nobel Prize, 2014), culminating in the creation of microscopes which enable real-time, molecular-resolution measurements of protein movement in living cells, thereby unlocking otherwise intractable classes of proteins as drug targets. We are building a passionate and creative team eager to apply their talents to empower interdisciplinary scientific exploration and Eikon’s mission of discovering new life-saving drugs.   


The Hardware group at Eikon Therapeutics develops super-resolution, high-throughput optical instrumentation. The Hardware team is seeking a Staff Embedded Software Engineer to participate in future instrument development.  As part of Eikon’s diverse team of biologists, medicinal chemists, hardware, and software engineers, you will design and deploy custom super-resolution microscopes and automated systems that will enable the exploration and quantification of Eikon’s high-content datasets.

About you

You are an adventurous, passionate, and creative engineer eager to apply your talents to empower a new way of discovering medicines in a highly interdisciplinary biopharmaceutical environment. You are excited about the challenges of developing cutting-edge hardware from the ground up to enable novel technologies and solve real-world problems, and you will bring to these challenges enthusiasm, high energy, intellectual curiosity, and technical excellence.

What you’ll do

  • Contribute to the control system architecture.
  • Design, develop and verify embedded software running on an ARM based Linux platform.
  • Contribute to the definition of interfaces with control systems and data acquisition hardware.
  • Design API between embedded software and instrument control software running on PC host and work closely with the Instrument Control team to implement and test the system.
  • Develop firmware and embedded software remote deployment and performance monitoring system.
  • Develop and automate regression tests of firmware and system software. 


  • B.S. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or closely related field.
  • At least 5 years of industry experience in embedded software development.
  • Proficient in using Linux development tools and shell scripting.
  • Excellent documentation skills and software development practice in agile environment.
  • Experience creating and implementing software and hardware test benches.
  • Active programming experience in C++ and Python.
  • Experience in debugging and design validation of microcontrollers or SoC-based systems
  • Good understanding of hardware interfaces and communication protocols.
  • Experience with FPGA programming is a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills, presenting design ideas and receiving input from internal customers and product marketing. Good documentation practices
  • Operates autonomously. Disciplined enough to follow established best practices and guidelines.
  • Interest in systems design, optics, biology, drug discovery and design of experiments.
  • Team oriented, flexible, able to adapt to rapidly evolving goals and challenges.
  • Some experience and familiarity with CI/CD and release tools/methodologies is desirable.

At Eikon, employee compensation also includes bonus and equity compensation, in addition to several generous benefit programs, including:

  • 401k plan with company matching
  • Medical (premiums covered by Eikon at 95%), dental and vision insurance (premiums covered by Eikon at 100%)
  • Mental health and wellness benefits
  • Weeklong summer and winter holiday shutdowns
  • Generous paid time off and holiday policies
  • Life/AD&D Insurance (premiums covered by Eikon at 100%) and optional supplemental employee-paid life/AD&D policies
  • Enhanced parental leave benefit
  • Daily subsidized lunch program when on-site

The expected hourly range for this role is $157,000 to $180,000 depending on skills, competency, and the market demand for your expertise.

Eikon is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment.

In accordance with the Company’s duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace, the Company requires all employees to be Fully Vaccinated with one of the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines, which includes those vaccines that have received the FDA’s emergency use authorization. You will be expected to be Fully Vaccinated as of your Start Date. If you believe that you are exempt from this requirement under an applicable law or regulations, including Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, you will need to contact the Company’s Human Resources group. For purposes of this section, Fully Vaccinated means (i) the completion of the vaccination regimen as approved by the FDA (by way of example, 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 1 dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine), and (ii) timely receiving booster vaccination, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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