Product Engineer, Applications

Emeryville, CA /
Applications Engineering /
Here at Berkeley Lights, we think cells are awesome! Cells are capable of manufacturing cures for diseases, fibers for clothing, energy in the form of biofuels, and food proteins for nutrition. So the question is, if nature is capable of manufacturing the products we need in a scalable way, why aren’t we doing more of this? Well, the answer is that with the solutions available today, it is hard. Berkeley Lights is here to change all of that! Our extremely sophisticated proprietary technology and Beacon® and LightningTM systems accelerate the rate researchers can discover and develop cell-based products in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of conventional, legacy research methods. Using our tools and solutions, scientists can find the best cells, the first time they look.

Our goal is to continue to collaborate with customers to drive the adoption of our technologies, making cell-based products and therapeutics more easily accessible the world over! You will play a major role here in the creation and development of these technologies, and our success will depend on you! We have been changing how the world develops cell-based products since 2011, and now our family of around 200 employees welcomes you to consider joining us on this incredible journey.

The Product Engineer, Applications is responsible for ensuring that workflows, software, and hardware on BLI systems meet customer requirements while adhering to BLI Quality standards and procedures. The Applications team sits at the integration point of all BLI technology. As a result, roles and responsibilities for the Product Engineer, Applications will include: assisting Applications Development engineers in test plan definition, execution, and documentation for new workflow release or change implementation; coordination and execution of systems integration validation testing; coordination and execution of various Applications-related escalations.
This role requires the skills of an engineer who has exposure to systems integration and workflow development on complex life science instrumentation.  A collaborative and supportive mindset is required to enable success in a highly multi-disciplinary environment. A successful person in this role will possess a strong attention to detail, effectively communicate across scientific disciplines, and build/influence interdisciplinary teams.


    • Partner with Applications Development Engineers to develop game-changing products with a strong customer focus.
    • Oversee verification/validation plan definition and execution for workflows, software, and hardware on BLI platforms.
    • Drive continuous improvement activities to increase BLI product Reliability and Quality.
    • Serve as a point of contact for released workflows/products, create/maintain product documentation/literature, and drive performance escalations to resolution.

Qualifications and Experience

    • B.S. or M.S. (preferred) in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, or other multidisciplinary engineering fields with exposure to biological applications.
    • 3-5 years of experience in an NPI, quality control, product improvement, or similar role, preferably in the life science space.
    • Experience with the design, development, and validation of life science or other complex instrumentation.
    • Excellent documentation and technical writing skills.
    • Proficient data analysis skills and understanding of statistics; ability to convey information clearly and succinctly. Ability to generate or communicate insights with data using data-visualization software (e.g. Tableau, Spotfire, Kibana, Grafana).
    • Familiarity with cell/tissue culture, cell-based assays, and microscopy platforms; working knowledge of modern molecular and cell biology techniques.
    • Demonstrated ability to foster relationships with customers and enable new capabilities with transformative technology.
    • Ability to excel in a team-first, supportive work environment, and clearly articulate ideas, problems, and solutions.
    • Ability to thrive in inter-disciplinary technology development with demanding schedules and deliverables.
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