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Senior R&D Engineer

Volta Labs

Volta Labs

Other Engineering
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2023
Volta Labs is an MIT spin-off that has unlocked powerful new DNA sequencing capabilities by developing novel fluidic technology. Building off of this core technology, Volta has created a product that streamlines DNA sequencing sample prep. Volta is at the forefront of a sequencing revolution, driving sequencing towards seamless ease of use and complete automation.
We are a product and data-driven company where employees are empowered to learn and thrive in a fast-paced, open, and collaborative environment. This is an exciting phase to join Volta; with commercialization imminent, our product has the potential to change the future of sequencing.
The R&D team works at the interface of hardware, software, fluidics and materials. To develop and improve automated fluidic processes, we collaborate with engineers and scientists in all teams at Volta Labs.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work on complex open-ended problems across multiple engineering disciplines, focusing on fluidic processes: liquid handling, droplet manipulation, liquid/solid and liquid/liquid interactions.
  • Design and execute experiments and use results to inform and develop improvements in software and hardware.
  • Collaborate with hardware engineers to evaluate product requirements and technical risks.
  • Become fluidics subject matter expert to inform instrument operational window and protocol best practices.
  • Improve performance of the consumables and coatings through process development and new formulations.
  • Run extensive tests for quality control, in preparation for shipping to early-access customers.
  • Define priorities for new feature development in collaboration with the engineering and biology team.

Your Qualifications

  • Masters or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Physical Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, or Material Science preferred.
  • 2+ years of industry experience.
  • Strong experience with mechanical rapid prototyping and testing.
  • Experience with scripting in data analysis and visualization (Python or C++).
  • Strong hands-on experience and proven ability to design experiments, test, and validate various films and coatings.
  • Enthusiasm and demonstrated skills and aptitude for leading and executing independent experimental R&D projects.
  • Ability to work in a fast-based start-up work environment with the ability to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills to clearly articulate ideas, protocols, and concepts with biologists, engineers, and non-scientists.

Nice to Have

  • Experience in research and development of: micro/milli fluidic systems for laboratory instruments, consumables for microfluidic systems.
  • Experience with roll-to-roll process development, film-based technologies, polymer formulations and/or coating methods.
  • Experience with biological or medical device development.
  • Portfolio of previous work or equivalent.
Our Benefits and Perks:
Robust Equity Program, to build future wealth through stock options with high growth potential
Comprehensive Healthcare Coverage, including Medical, Dental, & Vision
HSA, FSA, and Sponsored Commuter Benefit Plans
Access to Our 401K Plan, to save for your future
12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave, which can be taken over 12 months
Unlimited Paid Time Off, because we understand the importance of time off for rest and adventure
10 Paid Federal Holidays
Twice Weekly On-site Lunches, variety snacks, beverages, & treats
Weekly Paid Coffee Date with Colleague
Monthly Team Happy Hours
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, and we actively seek out and value diverse perspectives. Women, people of color, people who are differently abled, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply. Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply. Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of bio-automation!