Mechanical Engineer

Location: Cambridge UK
Job type: full-time
Closing date: 24th January 2020

The Mechanical Engineer will join the instrumentation department at Nuclera, interfacing with a rapidly growing team that combines experts in chemistry, biochemistry, surface science and engineering to develop a new device to revolutionise and democratise the field of DNA synthesis. The successful candidate will enable the design, building, testing, optimisation and manufacture of new instruments and the associated sub-systems related to our novel synthesis platform. Microfluidics will be a recurring theme in the work.

The role represents a great opportunity to help shape this emerging R+D team and to be involved in the exciting field of biotechnology research.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • providing robust and novel fluidic and mechanical engineering designs to address the issues facing the design team.
  • fabricating, iterating and implementing those designs by embracing sound experimental-science methods hands-on in the laboratory.
  • sourcing COTS parts wherever necessary to streamline the design process.
  • managing the automation and interfacing of sub-components and whole instruments created both in-house and with partners.
  • interacting effectively with other team members to understand and solve the biological problems that arise.

Required qualifications

  • Mechanical Engineering degree or equivalent
  • A minimum of 2 years’ design experience with demonstrable results
  • First-hand knowledge of automation and control systems
  • Familiarity with liquid-handling including fluid mechanics and/or microfluidics theory and practice
  • Demonstrated ability to perform experiments and produce practical results in a laboratory or workshop environment 

Desirable qualifications and skills

  • A PhD in a biotechnology-relevant engineering field
  • Programming background, e.g., in C/C++, MATLAB, LabVIEW, especially on microcontrollers, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc.
  • COMSOL or other finite-element based modelling / simulation experience
  • Some practical knowledge of biology (understanding DNA, RNA, e.g.) with the ability and desire to work alongside life scientists
  • Fabrication skills eg. 3D printing, CNC milling, laser milling
  • Microfabrication experience a plus
  • Ability to work unsupervised and with a minimal level of engineering infrastructure
  • Strong communication skills and a collaborative mentality
  • Good level of manual dexterity

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