Senior Staff / Principal Mechanical Engineer, Automation

We believe high-throughput, custom lab automation will enable the implementation of enzymatic DNA synthesis at scale. As an experienced Mechanical Engineer, you will lead a determined and collaborative team of talented problem-solvers and builders. Your expertise will help develop project plans, maintain timelines, support prototype design and development for Ansa’s custom hardware, centered around automation and robotics.

If you get goosebumps thinking about instrument development and robotics systems, are excited about leadership opportunities, and want to help revolutionize the world of DNA synthesis, we want to hear from you!


Lead a team of 3-4 engineers to construct an automated electromechanical system capable of automated enzymatic DNA synthesis
Generate designs, create prototypes and assemble robust instruments for manufacturing DNA
Regular meetings with the R&D team to gather, update and test design requirements
Lead design reviews, FMEA and other activities to de-risk design concepts
Generate BOMs and engineering documentation to ensure robustness and reproducibility during prototyping process
Participate in troubleshooting any problems that arise during operation
Mentor engineers with less experience to provide career growth opportunities

BS, MS or PhD in Mechanical or Mechantronics engineering
8+ years of hands-on engineering experience in biotech, robotics, or similar industries
2-3 years team or project leader experience
Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
Demonstrated history of bringing concepts from ideas to finished prototypes
Desire to work in a fast-paced environment
Hands-on experience with 3-axis gantry systems for precise positioning is a requirement
Experience with thermal control, motion control and microfluidics is a requirement
Familiarity with machining and 3D-printing with tight tolerances for rapid prototyping is preferred
Basic programming skills is a plus
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