Systems Engineer

San Diego - Headquarters Engineering Regular Full Time
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We are passionate about our mission to develop high performing products to study genomics with unprecedented flexibility and quality that enable researchers to better understand biology for the improvement of global health. We have built a highly efficient product-driven organization where employees can learn, grow and thrive in a challenging but encouraging environment. We are committed to scientific integrity, collegiality, honesty, objectivity, and openness. We offer excellent benefits, which include a 401K plan, competitive health benefits, flexible vacation, and equity incentives.

We are seeking an early-in-career Systems Engineer to join the Engineering Operations team in enabling and maintaining Element R&D’s internal instrumentation fleet. This is a key role in scaling the engineering team’s ability to meet the growing demand of hardware support of our internal chemistry and engineering teams. This candidate will be helping with troubleshooting and repair of next generation breadboards, test fixtures, and Element’s commercial instrumentation as well as develop analysis tools to improve our understanding of these systems. Strong engineering fundamentals, rigorous critical thinking skills and a methodical troubleshooting approach are essential attributes in this dynamic role.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Assist team in providing front line instrumentation support for internal R&D teams.
  • Perform raw data analysis to determine instrumentation issues and performance trends.
  • Assist with the integration and maintenance of Engineering breadboards.
  • Work closely with optical, mechanical, fluidic, electrical, and other engineering teams to provide design feedback.
  • Interface with chemistry, R&D, and operations teams to provide system level subject matter expertise.
  • Assist with execution of experiments to test and characterize instrument performance.
  • Assist with complex, multi-disciplinary internal and external product performance investigations.
  • Author internal technical documents such as assembly instructions and troubleshooting procedures.

Education and Experience:

  • BS degree in Mechanical/Electrical/Bioengineering or similar field.
  • Hands-on experience with optics, mechanics, fluidics, electronics, software, metrology, or automation.
  • Experience with data analysis in MS excel, MATLAB, or similar analysis SW.
  • Able to effectively communicate issues and instrument statuses.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment and adjust to rapidly evolving technology.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks with different priorities.
  • History of working in multidisciplinary field including biochemistry/chemistry/biology/optics/mechanics/electrical/software.
  • Experience with object-oriented languages (Python, R, MATLAB, etc.).
  • Data analysis in excel, JMP, or other statistical analysis software.
  • Familiarity and experience with motion control systems and instrument automation.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift 15 pounds.


  • San Diego, CA


  • N/A

Base Compensation Pay Range: $80,000 - $88,000

In addition to base compensation, you will be eligible for stock options, discretionary annual bonus, no cost health insurance plans, 401k with company match, and flexible paid time off. 

Please Note: Base compensation will depend on multiple factors, including geographic location, qualifications, and experience. 

We foster an environment such that all people are afforded the freedom to pursue their passions without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.