Scientific Instrument Maker

New York City, NY /
Science – Biodesign /

OXMAN is a hybrid Design and R&D company that fuses design, technology, and biology to invent multi-scale products and environments. The fusion of disciplines within our work opens previously impossible opportunities within each domain—allowing design to inspire science and science to inspire design.

At OXMAN, we question dominant modes of design that have divorced us from Nature by prioritizing humanity above all else (human-centric design). Although it is design that has caused this rift, we believe that design also offers the greatest opportunity to heal it.

We propose a Nature-centric approach that delivers design solutions by, for, and with the natural world, while advancing humanity. In this pursuit, we reject all forms of segregation and instead call for a radical synergy between human-made and Nature-grown environments.

This approach demands that we design across scales for systems-level impact. We consider every designed construct a whole system of heterogeneous and complex interrelations—not isolated objects—that are intrinsically connected to their environments. In doing so, we open ourselves up to moving beyond mere maintenance toward the advancement of Nature.


OXMAN is seeking makers operating across scales and domains* to join an all-star interdisciplinary team of deep thinkers and brilliant makers. A strong background in physics, mathematics, and/or engineering (mechanical, electrical, computer science) and the ability to build and test a variety of instruments, devices, and appliances for scientific analysis are critical. Successful applicants embody stellar technical skills, hold the capacity to navigate and resolve uncertainty, and demonstrate a unique “language” of biology (wetware) / computing (software) / fabricating (hardware), or a combination thereof. They have produced and can present a prolific corpus of research and experimental demonstrations rooted in sound scientific approaches and process-driven design with biology at its core; exemplify a passion for systems-based thinking with a wide range of potential applications for their work; personify an appreciation for engineering, science, and art; and seek synergy between biology and technology in research, practice, and direct industrial utility.

The Scientific Instrument Maker will play a key role in designing and applying novel instrumentation to a variety of biological and bio-inspired systems—from single-celled organisms to whole ecologies and even biotic-abiotic hybrid systems, where autonomous robots may interact with biological organisms. Their work will advance a future of unification between synthetic biology and product design.

*Potential domains may include applied physics (e.g., kinematics, optics), applied mathematics, industrial and product design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software, and firmware design, applied biology, rapid prototyping, computational design, biodesign, digital fabrication, robotics, and more.

Core responsibilities

    • Lead the design and development of scientific instruments (e.g., mechanical, electrical, software) according to experimental specifications for biological and non-biological experiments across all stages, from concept development and production to deployment.
    • Apply advanced digital and physical fabrication tools for the experimentation, design, and fabrication of research tools.
    • Augment, modify, repair and troubleshoot existing instruments to meet original or improved performance specifications.
    • Maintain and actively grow knowledge of precision-design processes, materials, common measurement technologies, and means of production of scientific equipment.
    • Incorporate scientific methods and sensibilities alongside research and artistic principles in the design process.
    • Maintain high-quality documentation and instruction of instrument usage in the forms of written reports, tutorials, and training materials to support safe and proper usage by the internal team.
    • Nurture and augment the design vision of OXMAN, upholding core design principles and ensuring the highest and most innovative quality of work.
    • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of engineers, biologists, and designers.
    • Communicate ideas, work, and progress clearly, including by engaging in team meetings, presentations, and other creative communication outlets.
    • Maintain neat, clean, and safe work areas.

Qualifications & competencies

    • Minimum 5 years of hands-on experience building various classes of scientific equipment.
    • Portfolio of highly successful design work spanning from conceptualization to deployment, demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking and stellar taste in high-performance tool design.
    • Fluency in the use of relevant engineering tools, including computer drawing, 3D modeling, rendering, and simulation software, as well as fabrication equipment in machine shops.
    • Experience with manufacturing tools, including CNC routers, robotic arms, and 3D printers.
    • Experience with sourcing components for fabrication.
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment.
    • Excellent project management skills, independence, self-motivation, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
    • Strong commitment to the team; maintains positive working relationships with diverse people, including internal team and external partners.
    • Embodies ethics and integrity in all work, respecting both company and broader community policies in all conduct.
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OXMAN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.