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Fluidics Engineer



San Carlos, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Elegen is blazing a path towards a biology-based economy with a highly innovative approach to DNA synthesis that delivers an industry leading length of 7kb in 7 business days with a 99.999% per base accuracy. Our multidisciplinary team of best-in-class biologists, chemists, hardware, and software engineers apply cutting-edge technologies and methods to solve critical bottlenecks in synthetic biology workflows to help our customers in pharma, biotech, agbio, and biomanufacturing streamline their work and realize the full potential of programmable biology.

We are seeking a dynamic Fluidic Engineer to champion the success and efficiency of our gene synthesis processes.

Your role will encompass supporting development of our synthesis pipeline, driving development of Elegen’s DNA production, fostering collaboration with cross-functional teams, and providing critical input to developing our DNA synthesis abilities. Your contributions will significantly enhance the overall functionality and capabilities for our core R&D engineering team.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a fluidic engineer looking to leave their mark in the field of fluidics and gene synthesis at our uniquely innovative, fast-paced, high-impact startup. As you navigate the daily challenges of product research and development and nurturing, you will play a pivotal role in the DNA revolution. All of this takes place alongside a talented group of Silicon Valley’s best scientists and engineers, within a culture defined by mutual respect, integrity, and collaborative excellence.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Design, troubleshoot and optimize Elegen’s oligo-synthesizer platform.
  • Contribute to fluidic architecture and the design of custom fluidic sub-system components (i.e., microfluidic chips and fluidic interfaces).
  • Optimize synthesizer workflows and evaluate advanced prototypes.
  • Apply reliability models to develop test requirements and protocols.
  • Execute DOEs and perform statistical analyses to verify critical specifications.
  • Perform failure analysis and issue triage of fluidic sub-systems and synthesizer operation.
  • Conduct clear and concise communication with peers and stakeholders through oral updates, written reports, and technical presentations.

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum of B.S. and 3 years of related experience; or M.S. and 1 year; PhD in a relevant field preferred (such as Engineering, Bioengineering, Applied Physics or a related discipline).
  • 0-5 years of experience in a R&D role in life sciences.

Salary and Benefits:

The annual base salary compensation for this role, if based in California is: $100,000 - $125,000. Compensation may be different in other locations. Final compensation also includes bonus, equity and benefits. Specific offer packages are determined by multiple factors, including candidate skill, experience, expertise, and location.

✓ Healthcare ✓ Dental ✓ Vision ✓ Learning Allowance

✓ 401K ✓ Flexible PTO ✓ Short Term Disability ✓ Fitness Allowance

About The Company:

Founded and led by Dr. Matthew Hill and located in San Carlos, CA, Elegen is well-capitalized by top life science investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and KdT. The company is advised and staffed by leading biotechnology scientists and entrepreneurs, including Dr. Marc Unger, inventor of the Nanoflex™ valve, and former CSO of Fluidigm. Dr. Hill has a PhD from Stanford and a proven track record of advancing innovative technologies from invention to commercial success. Over eight years in his previous role as VP of R&D at a leading molecular diagnostics company, he co-invented and launched five precision molecular diagnostic products, including a best-in-class noninvasive prenatal test used by millions. These products earn more than $350 million per year in revenue and enabled an IPO.

Elegen is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Elegen provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic characteristics, or any other category protected by law. All applicants have rights under the following Federal Employment Laws: