Director Fluidics Automation

San Diego, CA
Jul 16, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
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.

We are looking for a driven, passionate professional to lead the innovation, design, procurement, and scale-up of our consumable. This is a key role within our Chemistry and Consumable Development Team requiring an experienced, interdisciplinary leader that will collaborate closely with the Chemistry, Biochemistry, System Integration, and Process Development functions.
In this role you will be driving the development of our consumables from the design phase to a final robust product. You will build and grow a small team, be the primary point of contact for supplier relationships, and evaluate innovative approaches to consumable development. This highly collaborative role will regularly leverage your strong technical leadership, communication, and well-honed interpersonal skills. 


  • Act as the primary point of contact for all activities pertaining to consumable development
  • Build and grow a world-class team of scientists and engineers to develop innovative consumables and scalable processes
  • Keep updated on the latest technologies and processes while leading the internal innovation roadmap
  • Work alongside other scientists and engineers to define designs and specifications
  • Coordinate with external partners to develop prototypes and processes and select tools according to established timelines
  • Develop tools and methods to ensure quality and satisfy internal demands
  • Participate in transferring tools and process to manufacturing
  • Explore analytical methods and tools to ensure quality, consistency, and robustness
  • Work closely with other functions (Chemistry, Biochemistry, System Integration, and Operations) to troubleshoot issues
  • Plan activities, define timelines, assess risk, and communicate roadmaps to technical teams and senior leadership


  • An advanced degree in Chemical Engineering, Biophysics, Materials Science, or related fields and 8- 10 years of relevant experience with increasing responsibility (an equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered)
  • Relevant experience in industrial product development
  • Experience in leading technical teams
  • Deep knowledge of tools, techniques, and materials used in the high-volume manufacturing of complex consumables
  • Experience in consumable development and manufacturing, preferably in the biomedical devices, diagnostic, or MEMS industry
  • Experience managing a technical team and communicating across the company at multiple levels
  • Experience planning, tracking, and execution of complex, interdisciplinary projects
  • Experience managing and negotiating with national and international suppliers
  • Demonstrated track record of innovation in materials, processes, and methods

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.