Fluidic Engineer

At Elegen, we are developing innovative technologies to unlock the SynBio revolution. We are seeking an intensely passionate and creative fluidic engineer to become one of the founding members of our growing R&D team, spearheading the development of our revolutionary gene synthesis technology. As a part of our team, they will play a central role in developing microfluidics and fluidics for our groundbreaking oligosynthesis instrument.


This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and self-driven engineer to get in near the ground floor of a fast moving, very high impact start-up. In addition to working on cutting edge technology, the candidate would help us establish a strong culture of mutual respect, integrity, and collaboration while working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s best scientists and engineers.


Primary Responsibilities:


● Design, develop, and test fluidic interfaces between Elegen’s microfluidic chips, instruments, and reagent cassettes.


● Develop solvent resistant valving technology.


● Collaborate with hardware engineers, microfluidics engineers, chemists, and molecular biologists to set fluidic architecture, requirements, and designs.


● Manage microfluidic and fluidic vendors.


● Own the fluidic architecture of the production instrument.


● Establish and communicate aggressive but realistic objectives and timelines.


Essential Candidate Profile:


● Has demonstrated success in designing, prototyping, developing, testing, and analyzing pressure-driven fluidic devices and systems.


● Can relate at least one example of successfully taking a low-volume fluidic device from concept to commercialization in the life-science tools space.


● Has successful cross-functional team experience.


● Proficient in fluidic CAD (e.g., Fusion 360, Autocad).


● Has a minimum of a BS and 7+ years of experience in fluidics applied to chemistry, molecular biology, or biology.


● Achieves results quickly, through improvised or inventive ways where necessary.


● Excels at evaluating a large set of possibilities and tradeoffs in complex engineered systems and selecting an optimal solution.


● Is a persuasive and organized technical communicator.


● Is detail oriented. ● Works well with others and enjoys a highly collaborative team environment.


● Demonstrates the highest level of professional integrity.


Preferred Candidate Qualifications:


● Has previous experience with interfacing microfluidics to instruments.


● Has experience with life science tools development.


● Has implemented low dead volume valves.


● Has experience with solvent-resistant fluidics, microfluidics, and valving.

About the company:


We are now at the dawn of the synthetic biology revolution, which will spawn new applications, markets, and business models, improving human lives in countless ways. This revolution will be driven by new technologies that enable DNA writing at speed and scale.


Founded and led by Dr. Matthew Hill and located in San Carlos, CA, Elegen is well-capitalized by top life science investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, and KdT. The company is advised and staffed by leading biotechnology scientists and entrepreneurs, including Dr. Marc Unger, inventor of the Nanoflex™ valve, and former CSO of Fluidigm. Dr. Hill has a PhD from Stanford and a proven track record of advancing innovative technologies from invention to commercial success. Over eight years in his previous role as VP of R&D at a leading molecular diagnostics company, he co-invented and launched five precision molecular diagnostic products, including a best-in-class noninvasive prenatal test used by millions. These products earn more than $350 million per year in revenue and enabled an IPO.