Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Full Time Engineering - Mechanical Full Time
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Element Biosciences is a multi-disciplinary startup focused on innovating genetic analysis tools for the research and clinical markets. The Company's technology will broaden the end user experience through improved data quality and simplified workflows to benefit discoveries and diagnosis in healthcare. We are seeking a Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer to work on the instrument R&D team.  This position involves the design and architecture of mechanical and electromechanical systems for life science instruments.  The Sr. Engineer will collaborate with internal interdisciplinary and cross-functional teams, as well as external vendors. The successful candidate will have design experience at the system level through detailed mechanical part design.  They will use their strong engineering fundamentals and analytical skills, coupled with fast prototyping and build/test/fix cycles to quickly arrive at designs that meet functionality, cost, and manufacturability targets. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Design of mechanical and electromechanical systems
  • Create detailed part designs and drawings
  • Design specialized test fixtures and assembly jigs
  • Conduct rapid prototyping and testing of parts and systems
  • Troubleshoot and determine root cause analysis
  • Give presentations and hold design reviews
  • Manage schedule and risks for design
  • Collaborate/co-develop with other internal groups including EE, FW, SW, fluidics, systems, chemistry, and consumables
  • Collaborate/co-develop with external vendors
  • Contribute to the development of product and process requirements
  • Contribute to overall system design and testing

Education and Experience

  • B.S. degree in mechanical engineer with a minimum of 6-10 years of experience
  • M.S. degree in mechanical engineering or related discipline with a minimum of 4 years' experience is preferred
  • Hands-on experience with the design and architecture of mechanical and electromechanical systems
  • Detail part design experience including 3D CAD and 2D drawings
  • Experience throughout entire product design lifecycle from concept generation through manufacturing release and ramp
  • Experience in biotechnology is a plus

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of engineering fundamentals
  • Mechanical design (latches, over-center mechanisms, springs, translating and rotating motion, driven motion)
  • Electromechanical design (DC and stepper motors, sensors, fans, thermoelectric cooling)
  • Exact constraint/kinematic design
  • Thermal management and air flow
  • Detailed part design, machine part design including high precision machining, sheet metal design, and injection molding design
  • Solidworks CAD, ASME Y14.5 including GD&T
  • Hand calculations, tolerance stacks, free body diagrams
  • Computer based analytical tools like FEA and MATLAB
  • Statistics and design of experiments, familiarity with JMP
  • FMEA, DFX, and Six Sigma
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and on small teams
  • Willingness to learn about chemistry and life science design considerations
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment

We are passionate about our mission to develop high performing products to study genomics in an unprecedented flexibility and to understand biology for the improvement of healthcare. 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 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.