Manufacturing SOP Writer


Full Job Description

Position Title: Manufacturing SOP Writer

Job Summary: Vala Sciences Inc. is a privately-held, pioneering biotechnology firm based in San Diego, California. We are currently expanding our Engineering/Manufacturing group and are seeking candidates with expertise in writing Manufacturing documentation and SOPs. The candidate may also be tasked with assembling electro-mechanical subassemblies, as needed, to meet production and delivery deadlines. The subassemblies involve optical, mechanical, and electronics components related to Vala’s Kinetic Image Cytometer (KIC®) and its associated add-on hardware modules.

Responsibilities & Duties

  1. Create, edit, and revise documentation related to the manufacture and testing of instruments and add-on modules. These documents include, but are not limited to, standard operating procedures (SOPs), standard work instructions (SWIs), and bills of materials (BOMs).
  2. Help identify areas of improvement to senior personnel to make the manufacturing process more efficient, consistent, and reliable.
  3. Understand 3D models (e.g. SolidWorks), 2D assembly drawings, circuit board designs, standard operating procedures, product manuals related to microscope parts, components, and subassemblies.
  4. Assist with the manufacture and/or testing of instruments and add-on modules, as needed, to meet production and delivery deadlines.
  5. Teach technicians and other newly-hired personnel to build instruments and test components.

Qualification & Skills

  • Bachelor’s of Science degree or higher degree in Science, Engineering, or related technical field.
  • Experience with fluorescence microscopy or related experience with image analysis or medical imaging is a plus.
  • 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 a team environment to a production schedule.

Salary: $60k – 85k, depending on experience


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

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 to use in early drug development in pharmaceutical companies; and partners with them to perform services to develop new medical therapies.


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