Senior R&D Scientist
Location: Santa Barbara, California

What we are looking for
We are looking for a Senior R&D Physicist/Engineer to join our Research & Development team at Wyatt Technology. We seek passionate and inventive individuals who can help us design and develop state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation for characterizing macromolecules and nanoparticles in solution. The successful candidate will work with our team of electrical, mechanical, and software engineers, physicists, and chemists. You will be embedded within the larger R&D group at Wyatt, and mentored by experienced instrument designers. As a developer of an instrument or product, you will require a deep understanding of the physics/science behind the measurements, and you’ll also need hands-on expertise in electronics, data acquisition, optics, opto-mechanical assemblies, scripting/programming, fluid handling, and data analysis.

When Applying
Please include with your cover letter a description of one or more examples of devices which you’ve created, which demonstrates mastery of the hands-on skills, above.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform research and development in support of new analytical instruments in our field of application
  • Coordinate teams performing research and development tasks
  • Assist with intellectual property protection for company innovations
  • Generate plans and schedules for research projects and development projects
  • Coordinate the development and release of products among multiple departments and stakeholders, including overseeing the generation of technical specifications, test plans, validations reports, etc.
  • Prepare test reports using statistical techniques and graphs to characterize performance, repeatability, accuracy, and manufacturability of prototypes and production instruments.
  • Assist manufacturing in troubleshooting products, tools, and procedures
  • Assist with user training and support for recently released products

Requirement and Qualifications:

  • PhD with 2+ years of industrial experience; or equivalent work experience
  • Knowledge of optics, mechanics, electronics, programming, and chemistry lab techniques
  • Basic machine shop skills (band saw, drill press)
  • Must be comfortable with data analysis and plotting tools, e.g. one or more of Mathematica, Matlab, Origin, R, Igor, etc.
  • Understand something about DFM (Design for Manufacturability)

About Us:

Wyatt Technology is the world leader in research, development and commercialization of light scattering instruments used by chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech companies and by government and academic institutions. Visit our website at to learn more about the science and our products.

Working at Wyatt Technology means you are impacting the world in important ways. Our analytical technology provide scientists in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical industries with the information they need to deliver life-changing products. Wyatt Technology develops, manufactures, sells, and services instruments that modernize R&D, analytical sciences, bioformulations, and biopharma manufacturing.


Wyatt Technology offers a complete benefits package including company paid health, dental, vision, long and short term disability, life insurance and a generous 401K plan. Employees also enjoy paid holidays, paid sick days and 3+ weeks of paid vacation. This position includes relocation if necessary.

Equal Opportunity Employment

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We give consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other protected classification.