R&D Microfluidic Engineer


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. 


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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