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
- 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