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Sr Engineer, Flow Cell Process Development

Element Biosciences
San Diego, CA
Start date
Apr 9, 2024

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Engineering, Manufacturing & Production, Process
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Biotech Beach

At Element Biosciences, we are passionate about our mission to empower the scientific community with more freedom and flexibility to accelerate our collective impact on humanity. 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 are seeking a talented and flexible Process Engineer to join a team responsible for the transfer of microfluidic and surface chemistry products to enable a growing portfolio of sequencing assays. The ideal candidate will have experience working with surface chemistries on glass substrates, utilizing liquid-handling automation solutions and developing processes for manufacturing. This is a terrific opportunity for someone who is ready to join a high-performing team and engage in late-stage product development.

If you possess the following and want to make a meaningful impact, we invite you to explore this role.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Lead projects in the microfluidics and surface chemistry areas to support the transfer and commercialization of products/processes, including development and implementation of surface deposition, metrology, and assembly processes.
  • Design, plan, and execute experiments across many disciplines including microfluidics and surface chemistry.
  • Design, plan, and execute product and process characterization experiments and stability studies.
  • Lead teams through process improvement projects by driving execution of experimental design, data analysis, presentation of outcomes and implementation of changes.
  • Build MES workflows, document user and system requirements, participate in product design and development, and support integration and testing activities.
  • Work with development scientists/engineers and manufacturing to establish and improve standard operating procedures.
  • Lead investigations and troubleshoot product performance and manufacturing yield issues.
  • Lead development of supplier partners to support successful component development and product commercialization.

Education and Experience:

  • Educational background in bioengineering, chemical engineering, materials engineering, or similar field of study preferred.
  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree with more than 3 years of relevant experience, OR PhD with at least 1 year of relevant experience (an equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered).
  • Experience in pilot/production environments, including tech transfer activities, sustaining support, and continuous improvement is required.
  • Experience with production surface chemistry deposition processes (CVD, ALD, oxygen plasma, etc.) is a plus.
  • Experience with automation of production equipment and data analysis is a plus.
  • Experimental design and statistical data analysis and visualization (such as JMP or R) are required; additional capabilities with image analysis and scripting are a plus.
  • Proficient with techniques and tools for process improvement, including Six Sigma, Eight Disciplines (8D) Problem Solving, Lean Principles, or equivalent.
  • Experience with chemical process operations and related analytical techniques and metrology.
  • Creative and independent thinker; excellent communication skills; good team worker; ability to multitask and work independently; and ability to find creative solutions to problems are required.
  • Ability to work in teams to drive solutions to complex problems, tasks, and decisions is required.
  • Proficient with computer software for manufacturing equipment and business systems.
  • Ability to produce high quality work with great attention to detail in a rapid and efficient manner.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds.


  • San Diego - HQ


  • N/A

Job Type:

  • Full-Time, Exempt

Base Compensation Pay Range:

  • $103,000 - $125,000

In addition to base compensation noted above, you will be eligible for stock options, discretionary annual bonus, no cost health insurance plans, 401k with company match, and flexible paid time off. 

Please note: Base compensation will depend on multiple factors, including geographic location, qualifications, and experience. 

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.

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