R&D Microfluidic Engineer

Summary:

Genus plc is a market leader in porcine, dairy, and beef genetics. We are uniquely positioned as a global player with a large investment in dedicated research and development.  Food consumption is expected to rise by 60% in the next 20 years. Our challenge is to affordably and sustainably meet that escalating demand while global resources diminish.  Our vision is clear: Pioneering animal genetic improvement to help nourish the world. We are seeking a Microfluidic Engineer to join the interdisciplinary Biosystems Engineering team in pioneering research to transform the global animal protein industry. 

Overview:

The microfluidic engineer will participate in research and development of microfluidic technology through the advancement of science-based knowledge.  The candidate will investigate and explore new ideas and concepts, design, build and test microfluidic devices, and deliver innovation to improve animal genetics. As a member of the R&D team, there will be frequent, multi-disciplinary team collaboration with engineers, biologists, and production.  Join our team to make a global impact on one of the biggest challenges currently facing mankind. 

Key Responsibilities:     

  • Design and assemble research platforms to understand complex scientific concepts
  • Work collaboratively with the science and engineering teams to generate prototypes and achieve proof of concept
  • Source components and build prototypes quickly
  • Manage internal and external resources including vendors
  • Manage multiple tasks and prioritize effectively with limited oversight
  • Develop experimental plans that can be carried out individually or with a team
  • Assist Technicians and other Engineers with development and troubleshooting
  • Maintain design for manufacture, validation and verification of new/changes to microfluidic architecture
  • Participate in development of patent applications

Minimal Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Math, Engineering, Physics, or related program with 3+ years of experience, or Masters degree with 1+ years of experience. Experience should be in microfluidic research and application in an academic or industrial setting
  • Experience in cell separation, particle fractionation, or colloidal rheology.
  • Strong knowledge in fluidic dynamics, fluidic kinetics, and surface property of materials
  • Ability to conduct detailed simulations and particle flow analysis within COMSOL or other CFD packages
  • Ability to effectively communicate results and their impact on a systems level in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Ability to work with minimal guidance to make decisions and report progress
  • Strong attention to detail and respect for quality assurance
  • Maintain accurate experimental records and perform data analysis on results

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Math, Engineering, Physics, or related program
  • Advanced knowledge of flow cytometry
  • Knowledge of cell culture, IVF and embryology
  • Experience in building devices for sample preparation, concentration, purification, liquid handling, and biodetection
  • Experience in modeling and characterizing non-spherical colloids in Newtonian and Non-Newtonian flows through microfluidic devices

Capabilities and Behaviors:

  • Lives and displays the Genus Values
  • Collaborates constructively with peers and team
  • Enjoys working with customers to inform software design
  • Maintains professional verbal and written communications with co-workers, internal and external customers, and vendors
  • Flexible with job responsibilities and consistently strives to be an effective team member 
  • Gains a thorough understanding of the Company’s business and the department’s role within the company 

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