Mechanical Engineer – Machining

Location: Cambridge UK
Job type: full-time
Closing date: 11th March 2020

The Mechanical Engineer will join the Engineering 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 revolutionize and democratize the field of DNA synthesis. The successful candidate will enable the design, building, testing, optimization and fabrication 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 clever and novel fluidic and mechanical engineering designs to address the issues facing the design team
  • constructing, testing and improving those designs, by embracing sound experimental-science methods hands-on in the laboratory and workshop
  • 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 engineering problems that arise 

Required qualifications

  • Mechanical engineering degree or the equivalent
  • At least 2 years’ minimum machining experience (e.g. CNC milling, laser cutting, 3D printing etc.) with demonstrable results
  • First-hand knowledge of automation and control systems
  • Liquid-handling know-how including fluid mechanics and/or microfluidics theory and practice
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a lab to perform experiments and produce practical results

Desirable qualifications and skills

  • 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
  • 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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