Staff/Senior Consumables Engineer

San Diego, CA
May 26, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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.

Seeking an experienced consumables engineering manager who is passionate about life science and developing consumables which enable intuitive workflows and simplicity of usage.  This involves designing products integrating with systems with pumps, valves, manifolds, seal theory and practice based around low volume (mL) fluidic transport spanning fluidic simulation to hands on empirical testing and verification.  This includes working with operations addressing dFMA as well as their manufacturing and final pack out requirements, equipment, and packaging.
You will make an impact by working cross-functionally to deliver cutting edge solutions to customers to empower the disruptive DNA sequencing and bioscience platforms.


  •  Contribute to the product development of consumables and their interfaces with instrumentation and equipment including: analysis of fluidic flow and impedances while characterizing the fluidic interfaces such as volume flow rates, dead volumes, fluidic budgets and waste, etc. and optimization strategies for transfer/flow in small volume (mL) and microfluidic (uL) ranges.
  • Participate in the overall development of system platform design of consumables through hardware selection and software development based on the consumable Integration/interfaces including test fixtures, prototypes, packaging & shipping, and system testing and troubleshooting. 
  • Plan, recommend, and help implement team goals and projects including activities involving identifying new technology, facility and equipment requirements or improvements.
  • Responsibility for building prototypes and/or fixtures necessary for testing, verification, and validation of product consumables and their fluidic subsystems and integration.
  • Actively foster positive collaborations with vendors, consumable & instrumentation engineering groups, and other internal groups to achieve individual and team goals
  • Ownership and/or contribution to consumable product requirements, specification and of V&V documentation, reports, and their executions


  • Minimum BS degree with 8-12 years or more related work experience, with an MS degree preferred, and demonstrated subject matter expertise in the design and development of plastic consumables in the life sciences and/or medical device industries.
  • 5-9 years’ experience working on plastic parts including plastic injection molding, roto-molding, vacuum molding, blow molding as well as familiarity with their packaging and shipping requirements.
  • Prior experience of product consumables in the Life Science & Biotech and/or medical industry a must such as sequencing, HPLC, flow cytometry, fluidic system platforms, etc.
  • Experience managing and working on consumer products from low to high volume manufacturing of plastic products, particular involving fluidics devices and/or containers with complete range of thermal shipping conditions.
  • Excellent project and communication skills enabling cross-functional collaborations and ability to effectively manage team and projects to address company goals and schedules
  • Experience in good engineering practices, tools, and processes, including dFMA, FEMA, DHF, lean manufacturing, and/or Six Sigma
  • Understanding of product life cycle:  concept through end-of-life

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.