Staff Hardware Development Engineer

Berkeley Lights

Emeryville, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Hardware
  • Post Date: 04/08/2021
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  • Company Address: 5858 Horton Street Suite 320, Emeryville, CA, 94608

About Berkeley Lights

Here at Berkeley Lights, we think cells are awesome! Cells are capable of manufacturing cures for diseases, fibers for clothing, energy in the form of biofuels, and food proteins for nutrition.

Job Description

Here at Berkeley Lights, we think cells are awesome! Cells are capable of manufacturing cures for diseases, fibers for clothing, energy in the form of biofuels, and food proteins for nutrition. So the question is, if nature is capable of manufacturing the products we need in a scalable way, why aren’t we doing more of this? Well, the answer is that with the solutions available today, it is hard. Berkeley Lights is here to change all of that! Our extremely sophisticated proprietary technology and Beacon® and LightningTM systems accelerate the rate researchers can discover and develop cell-based products in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of conventional, legacy research methods. Using our tools and solutions, scientists can find the best cells, the first time they look.
Our goal is to continue to collaborate with customers to drive the adoption of our technologies, making cell-based products and therapeutics more easily accessible the world over! You will play a major role here in the creation and development of these technologies, and our success will depend on you! We have been changing how the world develops cell-based products since 2011, and now our family of around 200 employees welcomes you to consider joining us on this incredible journey.
Berkeley Lights is looking for a dynamic and energetic person to fill the role of Staff Hardware Development Engineer.  As a member of our Hardware Engineering team, you will be responsible for contributing to the hardware development of our commercial product offerings. 
This person must be able to work with a talented team to engineer robust solutions to our toughest problems.   This person must be passionate about engineering, a quick learner, and love working at a dynamic startup company that will change the world!


    • Collaborate with a diverse cross-functional team (software, applications, biology, marketing, etc.) to define product requirements, engineer, and implement solutions
    • Define product requirement specification for hardware systems and subsystems
    • Design subsystems that are manufacturable, cost efficient, and robust. Collaborate with vendors to develop solutions that meet specification
    • Create comprehensive engineering documentation for fabrication of components.  This includes engineering specifications, mechanical drawings, and various schematics.
    • Build, test, and verify your design
    • Interact with existing tooling in a hands-on capacity to perform maintenance, troubleshooting, upgrades, and retrofits

Must Have Qualifications

    • Experience in designing complex subassemblies that comprise commercialized, life science instrumentation or similar
    • Excellent communication skills. 
    • Willingness to start out as an individual contributor with the potential to grow into a team lead and/or manage a small team of junior engineers.
    • An expert in at least one area of mechanical engineering (mechanical, electromechanical, thermal, fluidic, optomechanical, motion, etc.) with the drive to becoming a generalist in all of them!
    • Ability to manage external contractors in design or new product introduction.
    • Fluency in software used in mechanical CAD (SolidWorks (preferred), ProE, Inventor or equivalent)
    • BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent

Desirable Qualifications

    • Greater than 10 years of product design experience for products that have entered production
    • Exposure/Training in as many of the following with expertise in at least one of the following: Automation, precision design, microfluidics, pumps, heat management, heat transfer, basic mechanism design, opto-mechanical design (optics, microscopy, fluorescence microscopy), motion, controls, exterior shell design, chassis design, and bio safety cabinet air-flow design.
    • Ability to lead Hardware or cross functional teams
    • Experience mentoring or managing junior engineers
    • Experience designing: Machined parts, sheetmetal parts, sheetmetal weldments, molded parts, 3D printed parts, castings, and basic cables.
    • Ability to make quick prototypes and breadboard mockups to determine best path forward
    • Experience taking a product from concept through production manufacturing including new product introduction (NPI).
    • Fluency with engineering standards from ISO, IEC, UL, government and non-government certification authorities as they apply to life science instrumentation
    • Understanding of automation software development in embedded microcontrollers
    • Basic programming skills in Python, MATLAB, etc
    • Rudimentary machining proficiency (mill, lathe, hand tools)
    • Experience with creating requisite specification/documentation for FDA medical device filing

Professional Characteristics

    • You will need effective oral and written communication skills to explain your ideas to cross-functional team with different technical backgrounds
    • You will have the drive to deliver outstanding products to our customers and the ability to adapt to change (as being on the edge of technology means constantly changing and adapting)
    • You will need strong personal and team organizational skills to manage multi-disciplinary projects
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