Mechanical Engineer

 We are continuing to expand the core technical team and are seeking a talented mechanical engineer with some relevant experience to join us as we bring the system to commercial launch. Experience with design, test and commissioning of commercial optical assemblies and associated mechatronic parts would be highly advantageous. 

Our mission is to push the boundaries of complex cell analysis. Using the Lightcast platform we are working with major pharmaceutical companies and leading academic institutes. Together, using our next generation microfluidic platform, we are making advances towards new science, unique clinical approaches, new therapies and innovative products.

The Lightcast platform allows precise and highly flexible independent control of thousands of microdroplets independently and in parallel using software-generated light patterns. By combining droplets containing different cells, antibodies, cancer drugs, reporters and /or other reagents we can perform complex workflows and assays with a flexibility far beyond what is currently possible on any cell analysis platform. 

We are continuing to expand the core technical team and are seeking a talented mechanical engineer with some relevant experience to join us as we bring the system to commercial launch. Experience with design, test and commissioning of commercial optical assemblies and associated mechatronic parts would be highly advantageous. 

Your responsibilities will include: 

Optics and mechatronics development and testing 

  • Designing new optical assemblies, using 3D CAD 
  • Developing improvements to the optical assemblies in the Lightcast prototype instruments 
  • Designing new mechatronic systems to integrate with the instrument platform 
  • Devising system tests, validation tests and metrology experiments 
  • Testing instrument performance 
  • System integration tasks  

Collaboration and planning 

  • Manage and interact with external sub-contractors and outsource development partners 
  • Managing the ordering and procurement of mechanical parts from contract manufacturers 
  • Liaise with colleagues in software, electronics, optics and biology
  • Participate in team technical discussions and problem-solving exercises 
  • Contribute to technical meetings 
  • Contribute to work plans and test designs 

 Requirements 

We would expect you to have: 

  • A first-class or 2:1 degree in Engineering, or a closely related discipline  
  • A technical track record in mechanical design including some of: 
    • Opto-mechanics design, especially for imaging optics or instrumentation 
    • Mechatronics, such as motion control for precision positioning 
  • Experience with 3D CAD such as Solidworks or similar packages 
  • Demonstrable experience with interdisciplinary and cross-functional working 
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Excellent teamworking skills 

 It would be advantageous for you to have: 

  • Experience with commercial instrument development up to product launch 
  • Experience working with systems for regulated environments 
  • Experience interacting with outsourced development partners 
  • A track record of working in a multidisciplinary environment 

Lightcast Discovery offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits including:  

  • 26 days holiday, plus Public Holidays  
  • Flexible working hours  
  • Share option scheme
  • Private medical insurance 
  • Income protection 
  • Life insurance 
  • Subsidised gym membership and weekly cross fit sessions
  • Access to Cycle to Work and Technology schemes 
  • Enhanced family leave policies  
  • Plus more…. 

Here at Lightcast Discovery we have an informal, open work environment where collaboration and innovation are at the heart of what we do.  We’re based in West Cambridge, near excellent transport links and plenty of local amenities.  We regularly gather as a team to hear about developments across functions and to share ideas.  We enjoy social events and regular team lunches, promote career development and learning opportunities.  It’s an exciting time to join our revolutionary team as we push boundaries and continue to grow.        

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries and we are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require.  

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK

 Strictly no agencies please 

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