Associate R&D Engineer – Bioengineering

at Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
Location San Francisco
Date Posted January 15, 2022
Category Engineering
Job Type Not Specified


The successful Associate R&D Engineer will apply their engineering training to design, build, assemble, and test novel instrumentation for biology and biomedical applications. As a member of the bioengineering team, they will work on projects such as:

* A portable, low-cost automated microscope for diagnosing malaria using deep learning
* Building automation tools to support projects such as OpenCell [
* Supporting Rapid Response [ applications requiring portable instrumentation for remote, low-resource settings


The successful candidate will:

* Help design, assemble, test, and collect data from, custom scientific instruments
* Perform optical microscopy and other technical laboratory experiments
* Perform basic preparation and handling of biological specimens in the wet lab (can be learned on the job)
* Adapt to rapidly-evolving hardware, software, and experimental protocols.
* Document all work and experimental results with diligence and accuracy
* Take part in writing scientific publications and patents.
* Provide critical feedback to improve designs
* Interface seamlessly with the bioengineering team and other teams within the Biohub
* Adhere to all safety rules, procedures, and protocols

About the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub ( [ is a one-of-a-kind independent nonprofit research institute that brings together three powerhouse universitiesStanford, UC Berkeley, and UC San Franciscointo a single collaborative technology and discovery engine. CZ Biohub itself supports some of the brightest, boldest engineers, data scientists, and biomedical researchers to make breakthroughs in medicine and develop new technologies, frequently in collaboration with our partner universities. We are guided by our values of scholarly excellence; disruptive innovation; hands-on engineering/hacking/building; partnership and collaboration; open communication and respect; inclusiveness; and opportunity for all.

What We Provide

* Resources to disrupt and innovate at the frontiers of our knowledge of biology and disease
* A collegial and collaborative environment consisting of diverse expertise
* Existing collaborations within CZ Biohub: Technology Platforms [ (Bioengineering, Computational Microscopy, Data Science, Genomic Sequencing, Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics), Infectious Diseases [ and Quantitative Cell Science [
* Access to collaborators, resources and facilities at our three partner campuses (Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco) and at partner institutions in the Bay Area and beyond
* Competitive compensation and benefits commensurate with the experience



* Bachelor's degree in engineering or equivalent technical work experience
* Demonstrated track record of hands-on hardware project experience. Must be able to provide detailed accounts of previous hands-on experience building and/or working with hardware devices.
* Basic machine shop experience (drilling, milling, lathing, etc.)
* Proficiency in CAD (ex. OnShape, Solidworks)
* Familiarity with electronics and PCB design
* Proficiency in Python
* Attention to detail, resourceful, and highly organized
* Highly collaborative, team-oriented, and an effective communicator
* Willing to learn new methods, protocols, technologies, and software as needed to fulfill our goals

Nice to have:

* Expertise in other programming languages (C++, Java, Matlab)
* Basic proficiency in the wet lab is desired, but can also be learned on the job
* Soldering, PCB assembly, and electronics test and measurement skills (oscilloscope, logic analyzer, etc)
* Knowledge of optics/microscopy

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub requires all employees, contractors, and interns, regardless of work location or type of role, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination to Human Resources. New CZ Biohub staff must be fully vaccinated within 6 weeks of their start date unless a reasonable accommodation is approved for those who are unable to get vaccinated because of a disability, or who choose not to be vaccinated due to a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.


We offer a robust benefits program that enables the important work Biohubbers do everyday. Our benefits include healthcare coverage, life and disability insurance, commuter subsidies, family planning services with fertility care, childcare stipend, 401(k) match, flexible time off and a generous parental leave policy. In addition, we honor our commitment to career development and our value of scholarly excellence through regular onsite opportunities to learn from the world's leading scientists.

CZ Biohub is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity of thought, ideas and perspectives. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive organization where all Biohubbers feel inspired and know their work makes an important contribution. Therefore, we provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Headhunters and recruitment agencies may not submit resumes/CVs through this Web site or directly to managers. CZ Biohub does not accept unsolicited headhunter and agency resumes. CZ Biohub will not pay fees to any third-party agency or company that does not have a signed agreement with CZ Biohub.

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