Microfluidics Biological Engineer

1 month ago
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,600 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.


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The biomedical engineering group at Draper is seeking a senior multidisciplinary engineer to serve as the technical lead for a program focused on developing microfluidic platforms for use in cell bioprocessing. The candidate must have a strong physical science and engineering background. The ideal applicant has expertise in microfabrication, manipulation of electric fields, design of microfludic platforms, and cell bioprocessing with interests in modeling, fabrication and test.  The ideal candidate will also have experience in primary cell culture, and must have sufficient expertise to lead a multidisciplinary team comprising skills in microfabrication, molecular biology, cell biology, electrical engineering, and materials science.


  • Develop and manage the execution of microfluidic systems and devices
  • Lead execution of molecular and cell biology assays
  • Lead execution of technical milestones for device design and fabrication
  • Manage team for customer demos/visits
  • Hands-on laboratory work in design, modeling and test
  • Define problems of high impact and lead technology development efforts
  • Write SOPs, data reports, and research summary reports
  • Mentor junior staff members


Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent degree(s) in Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Biomedical engineering, etc.  
  • Deep and relevant knowledge of microfabrication, fluid mechanics, electric fields, microfluidic design, image and data analysis, computational modeling,
  • 5 or more years of industry or postdoctoral experience
  • Experience developing microfluidic platforms in the cell therapy space
  • Previous experience leading large (>10) teams
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems with minimal supervision
  • Ability to define and plan projects independently; a self-starter
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills and team player
  • Candidate must be a US citizen or permanent resident.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience in at least one of these areas: gene editing, cell therapy, electroporation
  • Recognized in the scientific and engineering community through a record of publications, presentations and/or patents
  • 5 Years or more as a practicing hands on scientist and or engineer who contributed to device development, technology development, and/or pure research, ideally for use in cell bioprocessing
  • Experience in designing device structures for use in cell therapies
  • Experience working on academic, commercial, and government work


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