Senior Research & Development Engineer

Desktop Metal

Burlington, MA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Research Sci/Assoc/Mgr
  • Post Date: 06/02/2021
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  • Company Address: 63 3rd Ave, Burlington MA, Burlington, MA, 01803

About Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with 3D printing solutions for engineers, designers and manufacturers around the world. Our team is built around the disciplines of materials science, hardware and software engineering, and design. We have raised $438 million in equity funding with investment from technology leaders including Google, BMW, Ford Motor Company, Lowe’s, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Desktop Metal was selected as one of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum, and was named to MIT Technology Review’s list of 50 Smartest Companies. Located just outside of Boston, we are assembling a team of experts and are looking to hire curious and driven engineers, scientists, and designers.

Job Description

Desktop Metal is pioneering a new generation of additive manufacturing technologies focused on the production of end-use parts. Our mission is to make additive manufacturing accessible to all engineers, designers and manufacturers. In doing so, we believe we will empower businesses to adopt radical, new approaches to design and production and enable businesses to realize the promise of additive manufacturing across a breadth of vertical markets.

The Advanced R&D group at Desktop Metal seeks a Senior Research & Development Engineer to contribute to the development of next-generation metal 3D printers.

The Advanced R&D group is a small (<10) team within Desktop Metal dedicated to bringing new printing technologies to market.  Team members tend to be hands-on generalists who span several engineering disciplines and contribute to the project accordingly.  Technical and strategic decisions are made collaboratively and all members participate in brainstorming and design reviews, regardless of job title or experience level.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The primary responsibility of this role is contributing to the development of next-generation printing technology, in large part though rapidly testing concepts by designing and constructing test fixtures and running experiments.  A successful candidate will be able to use the resources available at DM (eg. machine shop, electronic test equipment, large selection of parts) to build test rigs and solve technical issues as they arise -- in hours, not days or weeks.  
  • In addition, the role requires ownership of the lab-scale production of key consumables, which should take about 20% time.  This involves procuring material, precision machine-tool and hand assembly work, as well as assessing the quality of the parts produced and maintaining sufficient stocks of in-spec consumables for use in the lab.


  • Excellent grasp of mechanical engineering fundamentals, and ability to use this knowledge to inform designs and experiments
  • Strong design sense and engineering intuition; ability to generate ideas and evaluate them via basic hand-calculations and order-of-magnitude estimation based on the relevant physics
  • Sufficient proficiency with machine tools (vertical mill, lathe, drill press, band saw, etc.) to quickly, accurately, and safely make or modify parts in metals and other materials; ability to work to tight tolerances and with exotic materials when needed
  • Ability to complete project work independently but ask for help/guidance when needed
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with frequent changes in task priority and scope
  • Ability to work in a small team as well as independently to achieve project goals

Preferred Background/Experience Areas: 

  • CAD and CAM software (SolidWorks/HSMWorks preferred), experience with CNC milling machines
  • Experience conducting guided and/or independent experimental research
  • Comfort with and interest in materials science
  • Familiarity with measurement systems such as CMMs, optical measurement systems, comparators, or similar
  • Understanding of design for injection molding
  • High-temperature, vacuum and/or inert atmospheres
  • Line- and low-voltage electrical systems, industrial electronics (sensors, switches, etc.), and basic logic circuits
  • Familiarity with motion control and robotics
  • Design of Experiments
  • Hot work including soldering/brazing and light welding (TIG)
  • FEA (static, thermal, flow)

At Desktop Metal, innovation is at the core of our DNA. And we believe ground-breaking discoveries are born from diverse teams with unique backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to employing a diverse workforce with equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, veteran status, or disabilit

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