Senior / Mechanical Engineer, Fluidics

San Diego, CA
Jul 09, 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.

The fluidics group is seeking a senior level mechanical engineer to join the development team. The team develops novel fluidics consumables, instrumentation, and other core capabilities that are key components of Element’s technology portfolio. This is a highly cross-functional organization, and to be successful in this role, one must have (1) a strong mechanical engineering background in the life science industry, (2) self-driven and motivated to help build innovative products, and (3) work effectively as part of a team.


  • Contribute to the product development of instrumentation and their interface with consumables
  • Design and development of pneumatic, fluidic, and electro-mechanical systems
  • Build prototypes and fixtures necessary for testing, verification, and validation of designs
  • Contribute significantly in the lab – testing and performing experiments to generate high quality data to inform data-driven decisions
  • Communicate designs and experimental results with a larger audience (technical and non-technical alike)
  • Manage external vendors from rapid prototyping to final production assembly 


  • B.S in Mechanical Engineering with 5+ years of experience in the life science industry
  • Proven track record of taking products from concept to market
  • Experience working with fluid handling and pneumatic systems

Relevant Skills & Abilities

  • Experience with internal and outsourced product development projects
  • Experience with good engineering practices, tools, and processes (DFMEA, GD&T, tolerance analysis, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, etc)
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team in a fast-paced, cross functional environment (EE, firmware, optics, system integration, biochemistry, chemistry) 
  • Knowledge working with a variety of materials and manufacturing techniques
  • Analytical and systematic approach to design and testing, with an attention to detail
  • Fabrication skills desirable
  • Proficient in SolidWorks 

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.