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POST DATE 8/31/2016
END DATE 10/16/2016

Bio-Rad Laboratories Pleasanton, CA

Pleasanton, CA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Job Description

The Digital Biology Group of Bio-Rad Laboratories is focused on the application of Droplet Digital technology to the life science and clinical diagnostics markets. Bio-Rad leads the emerging digital PCR market with our QX200 droplet digital PCR platform. The Sr. R&D Mechanical Engineer position will work with engineers, chemists, and molecular biologists to develop integrated mechanical, chemical and fluidic systems to expand Bio-Rad s instrument portfolio and continue to revolutionize biological research and healthcare.

The breadth of work will span the product development cycle, from initial design concepts through transfer into production. The Sr. R&D Mechanical Engineer will also assist in improving existing product lines and development of lab equipment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* With support of the team, will conceive, design, build, and evaluate a range of design concepts.

* Act as mechanical design support for advanced research staff.

* Act as design lead to develop designs in line with design for manufacture (DFM) and design for service (DFS) principles.

* Design necessary fixtures and tooling to support testing or manufacture of subsystems.

* Create documentation, including, mechanical drawings, assembly procedures, test plans, presentations, test reports, in support of design efforts.

* Define and communicate basic theory of operations for systems in development.

* Source and procure prototype parts and components.

* Support the release of production worthy design files into Bio-Rad s document control system.

* Transfer R&D s methods to manufacturing in preparation for production.

The ideal candidate will have specific experience with the following:

* Machine Design

* Mechanism Design

* Actuators, electric and pneumatic

* Control components for flow, position, pressure, force, and temperature

* Machined plastic and metal components

* Sheet metal fabricated components

* Elastomeric components

* Custom PCBs

* Injection molded plastic components

* Optical components

* Fluidic manifolds and components

* Pneumatic manifolds and components

* Electrical connectors and cables

Required Experience

* BS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent degree.

* Ten years of design and development experience.

* Expert level understanding of machine design and basic mechatronics knowledge.

* Proficient with 3D CAD modeling; SolidWorks experience preferred.

* Excellent drafting skills with good knowledge of GD&T standards.

* Familiar with the capabilities and limitations of a variety of fabrication techniques (e.g. machining, plastic injection molding, vacuum forming, sheet metal, stamping).

* Proficient with basic standard concepts and constraints involved in creating new product designs.

* Knowledge of modern methods for making prototype or production parts.

* Ability to adhere to project schedules.

* Strong verbal and written communication skills

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To all recruitment agencies: Bio-Rad does not accept agency resumes, unless the agency has been authorized by a Bio-Rad Staffing Representative. Please do not submit resumes unless authorized to do so. Bio-Rad will not pay for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


Bio-Rad Laboratories continues to play a leading role in the advancement of scientific discovery by providing a broad range of innovative products to the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad serves research and industry customers around the world through its global network of operations.

Company Size:
5,001-10,000 Employees
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Hercules, CA 94547

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