Development Engineer

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Engineering

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Berkeley Lights is enabling precise single cell selection and manipulation to empower: cell line development, antibody discovery, and engineering and manufacturing of personalized cellular therapies. We are a late stage start-up with dedicated individuals spanning the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Microfluidics, Genomics, Physics, Engineering, and Business. Our scientists develop unprecedented capabilities and revolutionize the biological sciences. Our engineers are unconstrained by traditional disciplines and apply engineering excellence to enable breakthrough scientific discoveries. Together we are a Team that disrupts the way biology is understood, measured, applied, and commercialized.This role exists at the interface of the Applications and Software Engineering teams. In this role, you will manage the Python code base that includes all application-level code used to execute biological workflows on Berkeley Lights’ platforms. This role requires a strong foundation in object-oriented programming as well as exposure to advanced lab automation equipment with an emphasis on microscopy and microfluidics. A collaborative and supportive mindset is required to enable success of the Team.Successful candidates will have the opportunity to travel on assignment to customer sites in support of our Field Applications Team.


  • End-to-end workflow development involving precious sample handling, microfluidic-based workflow development, and workflow automation.
  • Validation and verification of complex life science instrumentation.
  • Contribution to the invention of core intellectual property (from conception through validation), white papers, and external publications.
  • Relevant Experience:

  • Experience in the theory, design, and development of microfluidic systems.
  • Familiarity with cell/tissue culture, cell-based assays, and microscopy platforms; working knowledge of modern molecular and cell biology techniques.
  • Ability to operate and troubleshoot complex electromechanical, optical, and micro/nanofluidic instrumentation as well as robotics.
  • Ability to thrive in early stage technology development with demanding schedules and deliverables.
  • Proficient data analysis skills and understanding of statistics; ability to convey data clearly and generate insights with data-mining software (e.g. Tableau, Spotfire).
  • Ability to excel in a team-first, supportive work environment, and can clearly articulate ideas, problems, and solutions.
  • Would enjoy the opportunity to foster relationships with customers and enable new capabilities with transformative technology.
  • Programming experience in a language such as Python, Java, or MATLAB; exposure to object-oriented programming.
  • MS or PhD with 0-3 years of experience in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, or other multidisciplinary engineering fields with exposure to biological applications.
  • The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is effective January 1, 2020. Please read our  California Consumer Privacy Act Disclosure Form  regarding the CCPA and Berkeley Lights’ required disclosures about the collection of personal information. * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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