Associate Development Engineer

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.

We are looking for a talented Associate Development Engineer to join our growing applications engineering team. This research and development role resides at the interface of several teams across Berkeley Lights, including the software and hardware engineering teams, the chip design and reagents team, and product marketing. In this position, you will have the opportunity to create new capabilities on the Berkeley Lights Platform, taking products from early conception through product launch. The workflows developed by the applications engineering team enable new avenues of biological inquiry that are highly valuable to our customers. We welcome collaborative, innovative, and resourceful scientists and engineers to join us. 

Successful candidates may 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

    • 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, or custom data analysis tools.
    • 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. 
    • Experience in the theory, design, and development of microfluidic systems is a plus. 
    • BS or MS 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. 
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