Senior Systems Engineer

San Diego, CA Engineering - Optical and Systems Engineering 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.


  • Work on system level instrument engineering activities 
  • Collaborate with optical, mechanical, fluidic, electrical, and other engineering teams to define system specifications and requirements
  • Contribute to overall development of instrument mechanical, motion, fluidic, and thermal design
  • Work closely with cross disciplinary teams such as chemistry, engineering, and consumables to define system inputs and requirements
  • Contribute to hardware and software integration, test, and characterization of instrument system and subsystem performance
  • Design, conduct, and analyze experiments to test and troubleshoot instrument performance and feasibility
  • Work with systems and other engineering teams to analyze imaging system performance and stability; propose, verify subsystem specifications and write reports
  • Design, align, test, and characterize optical, illumination and opto-mechanical components to test imaging system performance
  • Work with system and optical engineers to analyze imaging system performance and stability; propose, verify subsystem specifications and reports
  • Collaborate with vendors, other engineering groups, and consumables on subsystem design and transfer to manufacture


  • Minimum BS degree in Physics, Biophysics, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, or similar field with 4 years related work experience or PhD in similar field
  • Hands-on with optical, opto-mechanical, fluidic, thermal, or motion components design and testing
  • Experience contributing to complex bioinstrumentation development
  • Experience with data analysis in Labview, MATLAB, python or other programing languages or statistics software
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment and adjust to rapidly evolving technology
  • History of working in multidisciplinary field including biochemistry, chemistry, biology, optics, mechanics, electrical, software is preferred
  • Experience with optical and microfluidic systems preferred
  • Familiarity and experience with motion control systems and instrument automation is preferred
  • Experience with image analysis and signal processing preferred
  • Experience developing documentation for transfer to manufacturing is preferred
  • Experience with fluorescence imaging systems and fluorescence microscopy preferred
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.