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Head of Hardware Engineering at Synthego
Redwood City, CA, US
Synthego is enabling genome engineering at scale with a blend of scientific instrumentation, industrial automation, and data science. Our team of scientists and engineers are putting multidisciplinary fields together to solve problems that no one field could tackle alone.
 
Currently, we are seeking a Head of Hardware Engineering to lead our team of dedicated mechanical and electrical engineers. At Synthego your work will span fluidics control, mechanical design, project management, process piping, and more. You'll deliver novel instrumentation and upgrade Synthego’s portfolio of custom robotic liquid handling platforms and help bring genome engineering solutions to the world.

What You'll Do

    • Provide technical leadership in mechanical design and fluidics development supporting a team of mechanical and instrument engineers in building liquid transfer and control systems ranging from microliters to litres
    • Own the architecture, technical strategy and product vision of core scientific instruments and factory scale processes in an industrial and laboratory automation setting using modern technologies
    • Grow your team by attracting exceptional talent while providing mentorship and career development opportunities to enable your team members to reach their full potential
    • Implement best engineering practices (design review, DFM, FMEA, qualification) and new team processes (communication, workflows, tools, etc.)
    • Clearly communicate well defined deliverables, budgets, and timelines while holding yourself and your team accountable
    • Lead by example in technical reviews and strategy sessions by demonstrating mastery of your subject matter

About You

    • 10 years of “hands-on” hardware engineering experience designing, testing and shipping high quality instruments or products within a fast-paced, collaborative production environment
    • Significant experience managing and building teams (5+ years of technical management experience)
    • Strong leadership skills exemplified by the ability to motivate, hire and mentor highly technical teams whether they are a seasoned veteran or a recent college graduate
    • You are a solidworks guru; skilled in mechanical engineering, system design and electrical engineering
    • You have experience working within and implementing engineering best practices and development processes
    • Ability to characterize and optimize complex system with best engineering practices (DFM, DOE, CPM, CTQ, FMEA etc.)
    • You have experience designing and building industrial scientific equipment
    • You have experience with industrial automation (P&ID, sensors, safety, motion, pneumatics, process flow etc), industrial robotics (6-axis, SCARA, Delta and Gantry) and controls (IPC, PLC, HMI, SCADA)
    • You have designed, built, tested and deployed complex automated instruments with a very high level of ownership
    • You have experience managing large projects of interdisciplinary teams, external contract manufacturers and consultants
    • You have experience with pneumatics and fluid control and applied material science

Nice to Haves

    • Experience working with complex scientific applications
    • Experience with active fluidics and leak proof systems
    • Familiarity with Design Control process and environment (ISO, cGMP etc.)
    • Python programming skills
    • Previous experience in the biotech industry

Company Perks & Benefits

    • Competitive salary
    • Generous equity at an early stage company
    • Robust medical, dental and vision benefits
    • 401k Plan
    • Fully stocked kitchen and snacks
    • Free catered lunches and dinners 
    • 4x daily Shuttle bus to & from San Francisco
ABOUT SYNTHEGO
 
Synthego’s vision is to turn biology into an information science, with the ultimate goal of dramatically extending the healthy human lifespan.
 
Synthego builds advanced bioinformatics and automated hardware platforms to create next-generation molecular biology tools, starting with full-stack genome engineering.
 
These world-class tools accelerate basic scientific discovery, critical disease cures and novel synthetic biology applications to improve and prolong life.