Electromechanical Engineer


The company

Proteins are the key drivers of any organism. Our mission at HexagonFab is to unlock the secrets of proteins and their interactions. We want to create the tools that enable anyone to understand how a protein behaves, what its properties are and how it interacts with other molecules. Our tools help researchers to develop the medicine of the future, to find the best ways to produce novel biomolecules and to assure that medicine is always safe and efficacious.

We are a dynamic, interdisciplinary team working at the intersection of biology, nanotechnology and data science. We value a flat hierarchy, where everyone is encouraged to share their ideas and to follow their passion. We believe it is important to move fast, to make mistakes and then to try again. This approach has led us to the invention of our biosensor platform powered by a nanomaterial-based transistor that is the core of our technology. Join us to bring biology to the next level.

The role

You will be part of our R&D team, working on the development and optimization of our product within our multidisciplinary team. As an electromechanical engineer, you will design, build, and maintain the instrumentation that powers our nanotechnology-based biomolecule analysis platform. This includes general electronics development(i.e., PCB design, electronics prototyping), light software development (i.e.,writing/maintaining firmware and software to collect data and control an automation rig) and the development of robotic systems for sample handling (i.e.mechanical assemblies, validation). We are looking for a candidate with relevant experience and the enthusiasm to explore new applications that require independent learning. The position is based in Cambridge, UK.

Your responsibilities

  • Design and build the next generation of our instruments
  • Design PCBs with analog circuitry for high accuracy analog measurements
  • Design mechanical systems for automated experiments
  • Develop/maintain firmware and software for a demonstrator platform
  • Validate internal and external designs and prototypes

Minimum requirements

  • MSc in mechanical or electrical engineering, or BSc in one of these fields with relevant industry experience
  • Previous experience with PCB design (Altium, Eagle)
  • Experience developing embedded systems and desktop applications (C/C++, Python, JavaScript, etc.)
  • Experience in 2D and 3D mechanical design (AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Fusion 360)
  • Familiarity with rapid prototyping tools such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi

Preferred qualifications

  • Understanding of electrochemical cells and amplifier circuitry for biosensing experiments
  • Experience with robotics and automation
  • Experience with embedded Linux, or the enthusiasm to learn
  • Familiarity with data analysis and visualisation tools such as Python and R
  • Experience handling biological samples, e.g. proteins, DNA, aptamers

What we offer

  • Young, dynamic and fast-paced work environment
  • Be part of a step-change in life science tools
  • Working on a cutting-edge technology at the intersection of biology, engineering, and data science
  • Competitive salary
  • Share option scheme
  • Most important of all, join a great team!

Start date

1st of April 2021 or by arrangement

Primary location

Cambridge, UK, with national and international travel, remote work possible

Application process

First stage via video or phone call, followed by a face-to-face interview with members of the team

How to apply?

Send us your CV with a short e-mail outlining your motivation to Portfolios outlining recent projects are encouraged. Only PDFs accepted.