Hardware Engineer Intern

Fixed-term (3-6 months)

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, supporting the development and optimization of HexagonFab’s sensor platform within our multidisciplinary team of chemists and engineers. As a hardware engineering intern, you will be involved in the design, building, and maintenance of the instrumentation that enables electrochemical measurements using our biosensing technology. This includes general hardware development (i.e., PCB design, electronics prototyping, mechanical assemblies, validation) as well as light software development (i.e., writing/maintaining firmware and software to collect data and control an automation rig). At the beginning of your internship, we will define a project together with you that you will work on independently. The position is based in Cambridge, UK.

Your responsibilities

  • Design PCBs with analog circuitry to facilitate electrochemical measurements
  • Design mechanical systems for automated experiments
  • Work together with the R&D team to troubleshoot complex problems


  • Currently studying for a BSc or MSc in engineering
  • Basic experience with PCB design
  • Basic experience in 2D and 3D mechanical design (AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Fusion 360)
  • Familiarity with rapid prototyping tools such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi
  • Basic experience with object-oriented programming languages such as C++ or Python

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
  • Most important of all, join a great team!

Start date

16th of April 2021 or by arrangement

Primary location

Cambridge, UK

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