Instrumentation/Manufacturing Engineer


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Position Title: Instrumentation/Manufacturing Engineer

Position Overview:  Manage and participate in assembly and manufacturing of IC200-KIC electrical, optical and mechanical components and subassemblies into automated microscopes (Vala’s Kinetic Image Cytometer).

Responsibilities & Duties:

  1. Build instruments and add-on modules based on standard operating (SOPs), including ordering parts from vendors as outlined in the bill of materials (BOMs). Engineer will also be responsible for editing and updating SOPs to make future builds more efficient and streamlined.
  2. Understand 3D models (e.g., SolidWorks), 2D assembly drawings, circuit board designs, standard operating procedures, product manuals related to microscope parts, components, subassemblies.
  3. Understand functions of components in the optical path (e.g. light source, excitation, emission, and dichroic filters/mirrors, camera)
  4. Co-manage and teach technicians and other newly-hired personnel to build instruments.
  5. Aid in troubleshooting and repairing instruments installed by Vala worldwide.
  6. Become proficient with the instrument control software to help debug, modify, and revise the existing code, as well as to add new features.
  7. Participate in research and development to implement new hardware features on the instrument, identify and redesign components and subassemblies to improve microscope quality and maintainability.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Advanced degree (MS, PhD) in Science, Engineering, or related field
  • Experience with fluorescence microscopy and image analysis. Related experience with medical imaging and/or medical devices is a plus.
  • Programming experience required. Experience with LabView is preferred.
  • Manual dexterity and ability to do fine assembly requiring accuracy and precision
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills
  • Good problem-solving & troubleshooting skills
  • Good organization skills
  • Capable of working independently and in team environment to a production schedule

Work Environment:

Vala Sciences, Inc., builds high-speed (AKA super-slow motion) video microscopy instruments (IC200-KIC) for single-cell analyses of fast activities (action potentials, contraction, etc.) of human stem cell-derived brain, heart, muscle, and other cell types; develops and validates assays and screens for use in early drug development in pharmaceutical companies; and partners with them perform services to develop new medical therapies.

Salary: $65K-$110K, depending on experience


  • Paid Time Off
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401(k)

Job Type: Full-time


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