Senior/ Staff Engineer, System Integration

San Diego, CA R&D - System Integration 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. The Staff Engineer will be responsible for the design and execution of both subcomponent and systems-level tests to assess function and evaluate performance. As a key member of the System Integration team, they work closely with the technology development, operations and manufacturing groups to iterate and improve upon product functionality and drive development. System Integration testing requires troubleshooting across disciplines including chemistry, biochemistry, hardware, and software to understand the dependencies of product components and ensure robust operation. Key to success will be the ability to process and interpret complex datasets to identify underlying trends and areas for improvement.


  • Collaborate with functional teams to understand processes contributing to system-level performance and provide feedback for improvement
  • Conceive, plan, and execute experiments to objectively test system function and performance including verification and validation testing
  • Troubleshoot issues as they arise and design tests to understand root causes and suggest fixes
  • Track and document system attributes across all stages of development utilizing best practices
  • Supervise one or more junior team members
  • Analyze large datasets and present findings in a clear and concise format


  • Ph.D in engineering, physics, chemistry, molecular biology or equivalent field of study with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in product or process development (an equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered)

Relevant Skills & Abilities

  • Expertise in the function of complex instruments with fluidic, imaging, electrical, thermal, and mechanical modules and various subsystems
  • Working knowledge of surface chemistry, molecular biology, genomics, and image analysis
  • Experimental design and interpretation of large, multivariate datasets including DOE and statistical analysis
  • Ability to write scripts for data mining and system testing
  • Sub-system and system-level design space characterization
  • Solid communication and writing skills
  • People leadership and experience in a fast-paced industry
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.