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  • Closing date 5 Mar 2021
  • Type Full-time
  • Duration Permanent

The Electro-Mechanical Technician will join the Engineering Department at Nuclera, interfacing with a rapidly growing team that combines experts in biochemistry, synthetic biology and engineering to develop a new desktop bioprinter to revolutionize and democratize gene and protein synthesis. The successful candidate will enable the building, testing, optimization and fabrication of components, sub-systems and instruments prototypes related to our novel synthesis platform.

The role represents a great opportunity to support our growing R&D team and to be involved in the exciting field of biotechnology research instrument development.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • providing hands-on engineering support in prototyping and development of sub-systems in the instrument development team
  • utilising our in-house workshop fabrication capacity (e.g. milling, 3D printing, laser cutting, soldering) to fabricate custom parts and sub-assemblies, designed by the engineering team
  • constructing sub-assemblies and test rigs, and perform functional testing in order to help with validation of the system
  • provide reports to the team, in forms of written documentation and verbal communication, as and when required
  • carry out daily tasks in line with health and safety procedures
  • supporting the engineering team in drafting manufacturing documents such as work instruction and test instruction
  • interacting effectively with other team members to understand and solve the engineering problems that arise
  • take pride in quality, and deliver solution iteratively in an agile manner


Essential background and skills:

  • At least 3 years of workshop and assembly experience in dealing with internal development or production team
  • Experience in assembly of mechanisms involving electromechanical functions
  • Hands-on prototyping experience (e.g. milling, laser cutting, 3D printing, etc.) with demonstrable results
  • Mechanical aptitude, with high attention to detail and the ability to maintain focus
  • Demonstrate ability to perform testing and validation of prototyped systems
  • Demonstrate a ‘can do’ attitude with flexibility to adapt to the needs of the development team
  • A team player with ability to take initiative and follow a respectful work ethic and work well with a diverse team
  • A positive approach to continuous improvement activities and adhere to company PPE policies in restricted areas


Desirable qualifications and skills:

  • Experience in product development with fluidic and optical/imaging functions
  • Qualification in Engineering, ideally Mechanical
  • Demonstrate ability to work with external components suppliers and manufacturing vendors
  • Experience of electronic assemblies and working with tools and measuring equipment for testing
  • Experience in developing Standard Operating Procedures for production
  • Microfabrication, programming and microcontroller background is a plus
  • Experience of working in projects with tight timelines with the ability to deliver on time
  • Background in life science industries and desire to work alongside life scientists
  • Ability to work unsupervised and with a minimal level of engineering infrastructure
  • Strong communication skills and a collaborative mentality


In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a range of benefits for all of our colleagues, including:

  • Salary dependent on experience
  • EMI-approved Option Scheme
  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • NEST Pension Scheme
  • Investment in professional development and learning
  • Fresh fruit, tea, coffee and snacks in the office

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